One thing I've come to realize with forums, hobbies, etc., is that the advice is only as good as it pertains to "my" circumstances. So below is best as I can describe it.
1 - more leaves coming down now, than when we first opened 5 years ago. Not my trees, nor on my side, so nothing I can do about it. I get leaves.
2 - My pool was a mess when I opened it this year. I used a mesh cover and the leaves on it turned into a green mess, which no doubt made its way to the water. For 4 years, this was never an issue, but as I said, leaves are worse now.
# 2 could have been avoided if I reacted during the off season. However, I think the bigger issue is that I didn't use the mesh cover properly. I just bought a solid cover, but now am thinking I made yet another mistake.
Should I have done, do, this:
1 - get a new mesh cover
2 - use pillows, or rafts, to raise the cover.
3 - clear leaves from edges of pool as necessary.
I also bought a leaf net, but am thinking that might have been a waste, as I don't see how that will work with the mesh cover, if I go back to the mesh.