I have been removing several mature tulip poplar trees every year since I purchased my house a few years ago. Tulip poplars are the largest trees east of the Mississippi. I finally bit the bullet and will be removing about 15 mature tulip poplars. Several of these trees overhang the pool and pool equipment.
My pool is closed and I will be opening soon, but have been waiting because are still getting freezing temps and several nights in the coming week will be in the 20s. I really hate my area when it comes to open/close. I know I will have a green monster since we've had a mild winter and weird spring with alternating freezing temps and highs in the 80s.
I do plan to replace it the cover in the next 1-2 years. I haven't replaced my cover because the overhanging trees constantly drop large limbs which increase the number of holes.
I can't tell you how excited I am to finally get rid of these trees. I skim off about 15 gallons of tree debris a day and sometimes much more whenever these trees bloom. I had been turning off my equipment when I go on vacation because the amount of debris ruined one pump (asked someone to skim and empty the skimmers twice a day). They missed a day or so and my pump burnt up. So, I turn off the pump when I leave because it is been cheaper to clean a swamp vs replace my motor.
My question is this, should I keep the old, thin, dry rotten, already torn in multiple places, mesh cover on the pool until after trees are removed in the next two weeks? Tree removal will dump an enormous amount of debris in the pool if the cover is taken off, but I also don't want more holes in cover since I want to try to get one more year of use.
Here is an 8 foot tall stump from a massive 250+ year old tulip poplar that I have already moved... the cost to remove the lower 8' was astronomical, so I left it.