preventing leaves and debris from getting into IG mesh-covered pool


Gold Supporter
May 12, 2016
Cincinnati, OH
This is a followup to a similarly titled, closed thread from last fall that mentions two different products to use under the cover:

My question is where under the cover to install the products:
At the outer edge of the cover or close to the edge of the pool?
Also, is the backer rod reusable or does it need to be replaced annually?

ps. please dont answer Yes. you know you were thinking about it. well, I was.


Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2012
Tallahassee, FL
Yes LOL sorry could not help myself!

I really don't know the answer but my gut says to roll the edge of the cover over the foam and in some way keep it there. I would have it a bit away from the coping so if a leaf does find it's way under it may not make it to the pool BUT another worry could be the leaves getting stuck under the rolls and staining the decking or coping. Rock and a hard place right here.


Well-known member
Jun 16, 2019
In that thread, @skimmerswimmer used the outside edge and secured it in place to the cover straps. @Pool_Medic was using the kind on the spool and might have his own insight for you.
I didn’t get around to getting mine this last fall but I have used that stuff before for other things. It should last a few seasons, as long as it isn’t particularly harsh that year.


Apr 17, 2019
North East
My pool is also surrounded my large oak trees and the leaves get under the mesh cover big time during the fall.
I do nothing to prevent this because it takes about an hour in the spring to get them out.