How to Create More Privacy Around Your Pool

Your backyard is supposed to be your own, little getaway. At the very least, you should be able to get some privacy around your pool, right? But no matter how hard you try, it seems like all of Des Moines makes its presence known the moment you set foot in the water. From your neighbors peeking over the fence to noisy drivers with their windows down, it may feel like you’re in a stew of noise and distractions as opposed to your peaceful inground pool. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. At Speck USA, our clients throughout Iowa sport inground pool areas with stylish, long-lasting privacy enhancements. With creativity and a little help from us, you can reclaim your private paradise. 

Here are some swimming pool landscaping ideas to create more privacy around your pool.

Fencing or Walls

If you have an inground pool, chances are that you already have some sort of fence in place. The City of Des Moines adopted the 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code. It requires that swimming pools be surrounded by fences or barriers measuring 48 inches from the top of the barrier to the ground on the side facing away from the pool. 

But not all fences are created equal when it comes to privacy. A picket or iron fence, for example, is good for limiting access, but onlookers can easily see you lounging on your pool deck through the slats or bars. To maximize privacy, invest in a solid fence or a privacy screen. These come in a variety of styles and materials that can elevate your space’s visual appeal as well as its privacy.

Perhaps your pool design craves something a little more substantial than a fence.

Through Speck USA, you have access to residential concrete specialists, too! An elegant concrete or stone wall extending from your pool deck or patio is an effective way to elevate your pool’s security and luxury. 

Tall Vegetation

How do you deal with that overenthusiastic neighbor? The one who, if you make eye contact with them over the hedges, talks your ear off when all you want is a peaceful moment to yourself. Simple. Get taller hedges. 

Tall vegetation makes a huge impact on swimming pool landscaping. Not only does it enhance your pool’s privacy, but it also adds a level of natural beauty to your yard. High hedges or a row of privacy trees are popular choices because they obstruct the view into your yard, but they don’t take up a lot of space.

If you want a privacy feature that incorporates the best of vegetation and concrete, consider installing a tiered garden. These are terrace-like structures where a specific plant or group of plants occupies each level. Typically, taller plants (like privacy trees) go on the top level, and smaller plants and flowers go on the lower levels. What’s better than a garden that helps you balance your social life?


It’s not just privacy from other people that matters around your pool. Your backyard is at its best when it offers you privacy from the sun. Pergolas fulfill that purpose in a way that reinvents your outdoor living space.

Pergolas consist of columns supporting a grid of rafters and beams. Popular building materials for pergolas include wood, fiberglass, and vinyl. Often, they’re partially enclosed with lattice walls to support decorative plants or creeping vines. For added shade, you can install adjustable curtains or a canopy. In any case, it’s a great shelter for an outdoor living area where you can enjoy some quiet time or gather the family together.  

Is it time to increase the privacy around your pool?

If your pool seems a little too out in the open, contact us at Speck USA today. Whether you want to build a new pool or renovate your current one, Iowa’s swimming pool landscaping leaders will help you win back your secluded oasis with these privacy ideas and more. Contact us today at 515-285-4649 to get started on the private retreat you long for.

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