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    Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    Anyone have mulch around there pool. Thinking about putting it around mine. Heard that it can attract and and the can eat kitten holes in your liner. What are yalls thought or experiences.



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    Heard that it can attract ants and they can eat holes in the floor liner.
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    Re: Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    Be careful about black dyed mulch as the dye can cause the water to go black if you get a lot in the pool.

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    Re: Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    I have mulch in areas within 3-4 feet of my pool. It's fine except when we get a torrential rain. Then, if my pool isn't covered, it flows into the pool. However, when that happens, I scoop it out and have no significant FC demand. I also have heard that the dyed mulch can cause issues. What are kitten holes?

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    I've got about a 2 foot cypress mulch path all around my pool except where the deck goes down the length on one side. Going on 6 years now. I ain't dealing with grass on the pool wall.
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    Re: Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    Wow you probably think I'm three sheets to the wind. Lol have to proof read. I heard that ants can eat holes in the liner floor.

    Also I do not want to do cypress. I want red mulch.
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    Re: Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    What's wrong with drinkin and postin? We didn't even notice! LOL! We have some cedar mulch around the pool. They say cedar repels bugs. Which seems to be true because we have some giant ant hills around but none in the cedar mulch.
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    Re: Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    Well, how is your drainage (the likelihood of it entering your pool)? Get a sample if you can and set it in a jar of water and see what happens. I use "premium dark hardwood" and like I said, when it gets into the pool I don't have issues. Have another brew. I did.

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    Re: Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    Since you have an above ground pool the mulch is not as likely to be blown into the water, however people may track it in on their feet. You can treat the mulch to get rid of any ants you may have. If you like the look of much around the pool go for it! I started out with mulch around the base of my pool but eventually I put down some spare brick I had after tearing down a wall.
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    Re: Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    My husband dug a trench all the way around our pool and installed a French drain covered with gravel. Every spring I apply ant and weed granules to prevent problems. We have no drainage problems at all. The gravel doesn't have to be replaced like mulch does.
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    Re: Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    I used to have much, the kind made from ground up old tires and dyed red. I replaced it after one year with river pebbles because it wouldn't stay put.



    No problems with the pebbles and they look better too IMO.


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    Re: Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    We have cedar mulch around our pool. It smells great and I've noticed less ants then last year when we didn't have mulch around it.
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    Re: Mulch!! The good the bad the ugly.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffchap View Post
    I used to have much, the kind made from ground up old tires and dyed red. I replaced it after one year with river pebbles because it wouldn't stay put.



    No problems with the pebbles and they look better too IMO.


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