We are having a 27' above ground pool installed this week (thanks everyone for the advice in picking out the pool) and I have a few questions:
1. Should I be concerned with nutgrass (we live in the suburbs of Chicago)? We are having a sand base with foam cove put down (pool is not being buried besides the grade difference which I estimate to be about 10" from the front of the yard to the back). Does nutgrass even grown this far north (our lawn is well-established and healthy) I called and left a message for the installer but haven't heard back. Can I treat the area with roundup or something?
2. Is it essential that the skimmer is located downwind? The pool side closest to the house is the west side and we have prevailing west winds. It would be much easier to place the pump and filter on this side (less distance to run electricity).
3. Is there anything we should do to prep the area before the installation? Anything to watch with the installers (they are being contracted by the store we bought the pool from)?
4. Has anyone ever had the center of the pool dug a couple of inches deeper than the sides? I remember as a kid that my parents did this and a lot of the dirt would settle in the middle.
Thanks in advance!