How do you all deal with flowering trees?


Silver Supporter
May 18, 2013
Needham, MA
Had the solar cover off today to run the Polaris and brush the pool. It was snowing green from the flowering trees. I left the cover off for a bit to let the skimmer catch them with a skimmer sock. Wind picked up and too much was getting into the pool. I could not take it any longer so I put the cover back on. Now it storming out and these things are falling like crazy! I have never seen these before in my yard, or at least never paid attention to them as this is my first spring with the pool. What is the best way to deal with them?



TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 6, 2010
San Dimas, CA (LA County)

I stopped bothering with a cover. I never could remove it without all that stuff ending up in the water anyway.

PS. Skimmer socks/ nylons/ hairnets will help a lot to keep your filter from loading up. Use the search box on any of those terms and you'll find a lot.


Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2009
Houston, Texas


Mod Squad
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Platinum Supporter
LifeTime Supporter
Aug 10, 2012
FL panhandle
My solar cover looks like that too. When we swim during the week we fold the cover back and grab what we can. Then on the weekend we take the cover off, clean it up and net out whatever falls into the pool.


Well-known member
Dec 13, 2015
Phoenix, AZ
+1 to the skimmer sock/mesh. Total filter saver!

A technique I've used before is to use the garden hose with a high-pressure spray nozzle and blast all the flowers/debris towards the skimmer (with a sock). Then roll up the cover.