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    Grass damage issues with salt?

    We are getting bids on a pool (gunnite, IG, SWG, 18 K gallons) and with the slope in our yard it looks like we will need an exposed beam of about 2.5 feet on the deeper end of the pool. The pool builder sketched in more decking on the far side. This all sounded great until the "mom" in me started losing sleep about kids slipping on the coping and falling back on the hard decking; visions of concussions abound. We can leave grass as well - but the hubby is wondering what all the splash from the salt water will do to the grass. Nothing? Any experience with either the exposed beam with concrete - safety and/or grass with salt water issues?
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    Killer95Stang's Avatar
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    Aug 2012
    Sunny SoCal

    Re: Grass damage issues with salt?

    You can't protect your kids from everything. If the coping is the issue, then get one installed that isn't as slippery. Then get a concrete deck that has some texture, like a brushed finish, salt finish or stamping. Grass is terrible next to pool... grass clippings, bugs and often times becomes a soggy mess. If your still dead set on grass, then their are types that have some salt tolerance, but you have to check if it will grow where you live.
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    Huntsville, AL

    Re: Grass damage issues with salt?

    Our pool is on a hill. The dig was deep enough such that the pool was fully in the ground on the low side of the hill and long enough to have a retaining wall on the high side of the hill.
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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Grass damage issues with salt?

    In most places the grass will do fine despite the salt. It depends on how much rainfall you get. In arid parts of the country the salt just accumulates and eventually gets to levels that will damage grass. But in much of the country there is enough rainfall to wash away enough salt to prevent any significant damage to the grass.
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    Mar 2012
    Central NJ

    Re: Grass damage issues with salt?

    We have grass around our SWG pool and love it. Only been one year, but no damage to the grass during last season. Only thing, we need to bag the clippings in that area, but no big deal. (note picture was taken the day after putting sod, so brown you see on the lower right grass is just mud). Also the grass area where we backwash the pool filter doesn't seem affected either (we have a clay soil, not sure if that matters).

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