OK, I'm just about at my wit's end. I'm no stranger to maintaining my pool, I've been doing it for 15+ years now. Having said that, I'm no chemist either. I know that pool maintenance is a 24/7 job and you can't let it go even for a day but it seems like I'm getting more than my fair share of algae, especially mustard algae. I stay on top of my pool maintenance: test water daily, shock weekly, algaecide, keep water balanced, etc etc. It seems, however, that my neighbor down the road doesn't have nearly the problem with algae that I have. The ONLY thing that's different (that I can see) is the amount of plants/flowers/trees surrounding our pools. So here are a few questions for anyone who cares to comment. They may seem like silly questions to you but I don't know where else to go with this, so here goes: FYI, I live in south Louisiana, 30,000 gallon gunnite pool. I know I'm supposed to post all the chemistry numbers but I just need general info.
1) Are there certain trees/plants/vegetation that you should NEVER plant around pools? In other words, if you were building a new house from scratch and you hired a landscaper to decorate the pool area, are there certain plants that are a no-no?
2) Is mustard algae more prevalent in certain parts of the country (south vs. north, warm vs. cold)?
3) What is the best commercial products out there to PREVENT algae (if that's even possible)?
I'm sure I have more questions but I don't want to overload the forum. Thanks in advance to anyone who cares to answer.