I have an 18x36 in-ground pool at my home in Las Vegas.
For the past several years I've put both a solid cover and a leaf cover on the pool for winter closing, the idea being that I can pull all the leaves off at once with the leaf cover, and then pump off whatever water that remains on the solid cover. I can never pump all of the water off though, and that combined with whatever crud passes through the leaf cover makes a big mess that usually winds up in the pool.
I had this crazy idea that maybe I could put some winterizing pillows on the pool, and make it so that water actually drained off of the pool cover rather than onto it. I could also just hose it down in the spring and the water would sweep away any accumulated leaves and debris, rather than having to use the leaf cover.
Would this work, and is it worth doing? Or is there some other solution to avoiding that mess when I open the pool in the spring?