So, we decided to forge ahead with simply keeping the pool open all winter this year. Not so bad, not using much bleach or anything, but holy crackers, the leaves! I feel like I spend half of my life using the leaf rake or sweeping the deck. Those evil things sink to the bottom before I can get them all. On the plus side, it's a good workout using the leaf rake on the deep end.
Here's hoping that a month from now they'll all have fallen! OH, and I can't believe the number of spiders as well. Huge spiders!