I know this has been asked a million times, but I'm having trouble sifting through the posts for truly relevant info for us. It's our 1st time owning a pool, our 1st time closing. The ppl we bought from were in the house less than a year and never closed it, so we can't ask their advise. To the best of our knowledge the pool has never had any type of cover (built in '93). Our pool inspector mentioned the design & layout would make it difficult & expensive, so I'm assuming that was the reason, but is it worthwhile to ante up and get some sort of winter cover? We're in the northeast (NJ), so it snows a lot, and the pool is surrounded by all sorts of plants/trees/flowers/bushes (beautiful, but already overwhelming our filter & polaris in early September!) What are the benefits & drawbacks to NOT using a cover in the NE through the fall & winter? All the pool closing places I've called talked about us needing to balance the water and clean everything out before closing, but is that much of an issue if we're not using a cover? And if we aren't using a cover, should I be routinely doing anything throughout the "offseason"? I've attached a couple photos to show what I'm dealing with. Thanks for your help!
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