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    Crape Myrtles, is there a better solution for their flower stains? Did I panic?

    I had just finished brushing and vacuuming the pool after yard work and a thunderstorm came up and blew Crape Myrtles flowers by the pound into the pool, I skimmed the surface within an hour and removed most, but then I noticed on the bottom in a couple corners of the shallow end quite a bit of staining from the debris. I immediately vacuumed and brushed again with no success, I panicked and dumped 8 cups chlorine in and went to scrubbing again, well with a lot of elbow grease I think I got the stains gone.

    I started reading on the forum about these debris makers and I found a lot of posts to cut them down, but I found an older one that said the normal chlorine levels will take care of them but just need a little time to work, did i jump the gun and panic? Would the chlorine normal levels have removed the stains by say the next morning?

    Would appreciate it if any of you more knowledgable pool owners know the answer, we just put this fiberglass pool in last year and I am trying to keep the stains to a minimum. And I did check with the landscape boss, no more tree removal is allowed (I removed 6 in the back yard), not even
    Crape Myrtles the have become trees on the other side of the house.

    Appreciate your thoughts. Keith
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    Re: Crape Myrtles, is there a better solution for their flower stains? Did I panic?

    Probably not by the next morning. Raising FC A few ppm above target and brushing will get rid of the stains. Just some regular brushing, not scrubbing.
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    Re: Crape Myrtles, is there a better solution for their flower stains? Did I panic?

    pooldv, Thanks for the advice, the pool looked real good this morning, I will remember next time and just let the chemicals do the hard work.

    Again, Thanks Keith
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    Re: Crape Myrtles, is there a better solution for their flower stains? Did I panic?

    We also have a crepe myrtle that drops a bunch of debris into the pool. I try to hand skim and the pool skimmers do a pretty good job of getting the rest. I have to replace the skimmer nets (thank goodness for hairnets!) about every other day. We've just learned to live with it, since we don't want to get rid of it. But, we haven't had any staining.
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    Re: Crape Myrtles, is there a better solution for their flower stains? Did I panic?

    Marla, I haven't tried any hair nets yet, I may give them a try and see what happens. The crape myrtles grow every where here and are pretty in bloom so i will just have to learn to live with them. Keith
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    Re: Crape Myrtles, is there a better solution for their flower stains? Did I panic?

    Hey, neighbor. I'm not sure the dimensions on your pool, but we have a neighbor that is now covering his pool with the enclosure netting on a roll (like a solar cover but basically aluminum mesh netting). He's not getting any debris and no side effects of using a true cover in our summer heat.
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    Re: Crape Myrtles, is there a better solution for their flower stains? Did I panic?

    Quote Originally Posted by txnole View Post
    Hey, neighbor. I'm not sure the dimensions on your pool, but we have a neighbor that is now covering his pool with the enclosure netting on a roll (like a solar cover but basically aluminum mesh netting). He's not getting any debris and no side effects of using a true cover in our summer heat.
    Hey right back neighbor. I am curious about this cover, I have a shade sail over my pool and wanting to maybe go to two sails. I use them of course to beat the sun, been able to keep my water temp around 73 with sail and aerating one deck jet during the night, but with our many afternoon thunderstorms the sail has to come down in the afternoon quite often. Maybe your neighbors mesh would beat two problems, and keep the pool clean, My pool is rectangle 14 x 28.

    Appreciate any more info on the mesh if you can.

    Thanks, Keith

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    Marla, Thanks, got them on order, appreciate the link, Keith
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    Re: Crape Myrtles, is there a better solution for their flower stains? Did I panic?

    His setup is very DIY... Aluminum screening on a roll, that roll is placed on a pool cover roller... He rolls out the screening all the way over the pool and then anchors it on the far end with tent stakes. Simple. I'll get a pic.
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    Re: Crape Myrtles, is there a better solution for their flower stains? Did I panic?

    txnole

    Appreciate it, the pic's will be helpful, I am wondering if the screen could serve a dual purpose of keeping the pool cleaner and water from heating up, I will wait for the pic's.

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    A chainsaw taken to those obnoxious weeds. That tree is an invasive species and needs to be controlled.
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