Dig up the dirt around your pool to make the soil loose and easy for planting by using the rototiller. Remove any weeds or rocks.
Install any lights that you want around your pool first, especially if you have to bury wires. Use solar lights if you want to avoid having electricity around the pool.
Plant your large bushes and shrubbery. Purchase bushes that work well in the northeast climate, such as holly, junipers or any evergreens, including trees. Place the plants around the pool while still in their pots to make sure you like the arrangement. Dig holes as deep as the root ball and twice as wide to plant the shrubs.
Choose ornamental grasses, such as pampas grass.
Grow flowers that do not shed their leaves to add some color to the landscaping around your pool. Choose from zinnias, croton, larkspur or cardinal flower.
Add spring bulbs to the landscaping around your pool even if you do not use your pool in the spring. Plant daffodils and tulips to make your landscaping attractive even when you're not using the pool. Spread the bulbs around the landscaping and dig holes 4 to 6 inches deep when planting the bulbs.
Give your pool landscaping uniformity by covering everything with small stones. Buy stones that are smooth so they will not damage the pool liner, if you have one.
Add edging around all of the landscaping to provide more protection to your pool from the landscaping stones. Choose from black plastic or cedar edging. Stay away from a fencing-type edging that has gaps in the design, as these will allow the stones to fall through.