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Thread: Ok to drain this chem mix into plants?

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    Ok to drain this chem mix into plants?

    Need to drain 20% of my pool. Ok to water plants with this? In dry Phoenix where plants could use.

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    Re: Ok to drain this chem mix into plants?

    Google search led me back to tfp for some answers on "normal" pool water and plants:

    safe-to-backwash-into-the-lawn-t6740.html
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    Re: Ok to drain this chem mix into plants?

    Lawns can tolerate more than some plants. It's mostly the salt level (sodium chloride) that is an issue (and boron can be an issue, but it sounds like you don't have borates in your pool water). You have high calcium so probably have high chloride as well. Probably not as high as a salt pool. Probably OK for lawns and sturdier plants, but delicate plants might not like it and you should water them with your regular sprinkling system to dilute the pool water, if you end up using that.
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    Re: Ok to drain this chem mix into plants?

    I'd use it on my lawn without any hesitation. I don't know about anything else.
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