I'm thinking about closing my pool in stages this year. Put on the mesh cover in early Sept, but leave all the plumbing in place. I'd run the pump for a few hours a day, fold back the cover to test and add bleach as needed. Then in mid to late Oct, fold back the cover to get at the returns and do the actual winter closing. Does anyone have experience with this? Or do you see a reason not to do it this way?
What I hope to accomplish is a cleaner pool in the Spring, and a fall where I don't have leaves and pine needles in the pool.