Leaf Nets in Autumn Make Spring Clean Up a Snap
Deciduous trees are the ones that lose their leaves every year during the colder months. If you have these types of trees near your pool than it is pretty safe to say that you will be spending some time removing leaves from your pool. These leaves, especially when combined with other organic material, can alter your pool water chemistry, be a drain on chemicals, and if the leaves are around and submerged for a long enough time can actually stain your pool surfaces.
You would think that you could easily solve this problem by just making sure there are no trees near your pool but you may also have to think about the location of the pool on your property and whether this “lack of trees” has drawbacks, like eliminating any privacy that you may have come to really appreciate. Trees also provide a natural canopy that can provide valuable shade on a hot summer day and may be home to wildlife or be a place where birds stop and sing from. These are definitely all factors that you have to take into account if you are considering any tree removal.
It is also possible that fall wind will tend to carry leaves around even from far distances and may choose to deposit some into your pool despite your best efforts to combat it. Regardless if your pool is above ground or in ground, a great tool to utilize would be a mesh leaf net in addition to your standard winter cover.
The way that leaf nets work is that they are strategically placed over a solid winter cover and after all of the leaves have fallen, can be removed easily without having to remove the solid cover and exposing the pool to whatever harsh winter elements are existing. This leaf net removal can even be done several times in a convenient way which helps keep your lawn tidy and reduces the extra weight being put on the solid winter cover. Typically, these can be attached to the pool as basic as a few bungie cords or twine connected into the grommets.
Another huge positive of a leaf net is that it is very lightweight and easy to work with. One person can easily handle it whether it’s an installation or even a removal with leaves weighing it down.
If you are deciding to not remove trees, something else to consider would be an annual substantial trimming that includes cutting and removing all dead branches and long heavy branches that could impact your pool in the future. The idea is to do a little bit at a time so there are no big surprises with falling debris during heavy winter winds or snow storms.
Young trees typically are more manageable and as the trees become older, they tend to shed more litter which can overwhelm your pool cleaner and even your skimmers.
Leaf nets work in tandem with a standard cover. They help prolong the life of the solid cover by adding an extra layer of protection while also providing a helpful solution to removing those pesky leaves from the top of the pool.