Dealing With Excessive Leaves In Your Pool

I Love to Skim my Pool. Part of me appreciates the subtle Zen-like qualities of walking around the perimeter of my pool collecting every visible scrap of debris visible to the naked eye, clearing the water and my mind. It’s me time.

If I’m in my pool, the leaf net is always close at hand. However, I have a tree that is actually in my front yard that manages to shed various pods, seedlings, and an array of leaves throughout the year that inevitably land in my pool. It can get excessive in the fall.

This is the time of year that most of us are dealing with heavy amounts of leaves in our pool area regardless if your pool is open or closed. I’ve collected a handful of my favorite anti-leaf tools to assist you in your own fight for a debris-free pool. Let’s jump in!

Leaf Bone – Leaf Net Skimmer Clip

Leaf Bone, skimmer net clipThe Leaf Bone Leaf Net Skimmer Clip is a $12 tool that falls into the It’s-So-Simple-It’s-Genius category of new additions to the pool maintenance world. This nifty Clip fits any 1.90” inground pool ladder handrail, installs in seconds, and can spare your pump the extra energy from decrease water flow from a leaf-clogged skimmer as well as save time from manually patrolling the pool with your leaf rake in hand.

Pool Cover Leaf Catchers

Pool Cover Leaf Catchers

If your pool has large trees nearby, leaves and sticks can create problems for pool covers. A simple, lightweight solution to leaves and debris is a leaf catcher. Leaf Catchers act as a protective net that rests over the top of your winter cover to collect all fall leaves. Super easy to remove, with a winter’s worth of leaves in tow. Inexpensive and available in a variety of sizes for both inground and above ground pools. Pool Leaf Covers protect your cover, and save you a lot of time and effort.

Leaf Gulper Garden Hose Vacuum

pool floor vacuum garden hose styleThe Leaf Gulper pool bottom cleaner connects to your telescoping pole like a vacuum head, but  instead of a vacuum hose it uses a garden hose. The water from your garden hose blows the leaves up into the net as you roll over the. The bottom has a soft thistle brush that is safe for concrete, fiberglass or vinyl liners. The Pool Blaster is the exact same premise only it functions via a battery powered fan that sucks up the leaves into the bag.

In-Line Leaf Strainers

Hayward Leaf CanistersHayward Leaf Canisters attach to your manual pool vacuum or suction pool cleaner with a short hose that connects to the skimmer. The basket or bag collects the leaves to prevent them from going through your pool plumbing (potentially clogging it). Stops leaves from collecting in your pump basket, so you don’t have to stop vacuuming to empty the pump or skimmer basket. Plus, large-capacity leaf strainer traps leaves and debris, avoiding a loss of suction from blocked baskets.

Skim It Pool Cleaner

Skim-It for pool skimmersThe Skim-It Pool Cleaner is another one of those brilliantly simple accessories that works for both inground and above ground pools at a cheap price that takes ZERO effort to install. The part that attaches to the inside of the pool skimmer is simple a tension spring—like a mini tension curtain rod. The Skim It extends the reach of your skimmer, trapping the debris so that the skimmer can coral it into the basket. I use a Skim-It on both of my pool skimmers.

24″ Soft Mesh Leaf Rake

Our 24” Pool Leaf Rake skims and scoops leaves, sticks, and larger debris with ease! This heavy-duty pool cleaning tool features a solid aluminum frame and handle with a plastic rim that’s beveled for pool floor cleaning. This leaf rake also features a rugged, lightweight, soft mesh fabric that makes it easier to pull through water so cleaning is faster, especially when full of debris. The special fabric  also makes it super easy to empty!

Pro Dual Cam Telepole

The Pro Dual Cam Pole features both an internal and external cam that makes extending, locking, and closing quick and easy. With two locks in place, inner poles will not slip. The Pro Pole is 30% thicker than standard poles, extends from 8-16’, and has a soft rubber grip and handle that’s super comfortable to hold. Best of all, the Pro has an EZ release system that makes interchanging tools like your leaf net, brush, or vacuum, easier than other poles and protects the pole end from damage.

Natural Chemistry Phosfree

Another hidden nuisance leaves can contribute to is algae. Leaves contain phosphates which are the food that spawns algae growth. Excessive leaves can ultimately result in excessive algae. Natural Chemistry’s PHOSfree is not an algaecide but more of a natural algae prevention solution. Just add the recommended dosage of PHOSfree to your pool with the filter running. Especially recommended for mesh covered pools, or any pool with algae problems from heavy organic loads.


I highly recommend all of these suggestions for any above ground or inground pool owner. I’ve found that I need to pursue other Zen outlets because I don’t spend as much time strolling around my pool ridding the water of leaves and debris. All of these simple devices and natural chemicals will save you time, effort and perhaps, most importantly… money!


Ryan Dornan
InTheSwim Staff Blogger



Dealing With Excessive Leaves In Your Pool — 2 Comments

  1. We closed our fiberglass pool about a month ago. Shortly after that we developed a leak. We have been trying to get the pool company to fix it. Instead, they came out while we were out of town and turned the hose from our well on until it flooded, leaving a rust spot on our concrete. Now I am sure the water is high in iron and am afraid our pool is going to have rust stains. Of course, if we don’t get the leak fixed it won’t matter. I would like to know if there is anything we can do to the water now to help with any rust stains. Thank you!

    • HI Stacia, yes you can add a sequestering agent, a Metal Free or Stain Away type of product, which you may already be using. Pull back the cover and pour along one side, then brush the pool to help it distribute. Brush the entire pool if you can, to kick up settled particles.

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