Maintaining an above-ground swimming pool in a backyard with a lot of foliage has its issues. Debris, grime, and cloudiness are among the issues that arise if leaves and berries find their way into your pool. When fall comes, and you prepare to shut your swimming pool, this might be very challenging. Because of the aggravation this issue might cause, many individuals choose not to put trees near their pools. That’s hardly eco-friendly and surely messes with the relaxing environment your pool can give.

That said, you could have a lush backyard area and a sparkling clean pool this summer with a little forethought and a regular cleaning program. 

Various options are available if you require a method to clear leaves from your pool. The tool you use to remove leaves from your pool will depend on how many there are, where they are (on the top or attached to the bottom), and whether or not you plan to use a robot to clean the pool in advance.

Some machines are made to scoop up the bottom detritus, while others are made to scoop up many leaves from the surface. Having a leaf-filled pool will need some physical labor. So, let’s get started! 

1. Leaves Rake

Consider replacing your standard pool skimmer with a leaf rake, effectively a skimmer with a complete net attached. Using this gadget, you can collect more leaves in one pass and keep the ones you collect from rolling back into the pool. In addition, it works as effectively on the pool floor as it does on the surface.

You may get a noticeable improvement in the quality of your cleaning for very little money. As a bonus, you may clean your pool without being present by using a Leaf BoneTM to secure your leaf rake to the railing of your ladder.

2. Floating Skimmer

A floating skimmer is an automated device that skims the pool’s surface and collects trash-like leaves before they drop to the pool’s floor.

They function well with vacuums because the floating skimmer operates on the water’s surface while the vacuum removes debris from deeper water.

3. Pool Vacuum Leaf Receptacle

This handy accessory attaches to your existing automated pool cleaner and functions as a filter to remove leaves. This canister goes between your cleaner and the point where the pump system connects, preventing leaves from getting into your pump and clogging it. Following installation, routine maintenance consists of running the pool pump and removing leaves from the leaf trap as needed. It’s that simple!

4. Automated Pool Cleaning Robot

Vacuuming might be a hassle if there is a significant quantity of leaf buildup. Those who own pools and have many trees in their yard tend to choose automatic and robotic pool cleaners.

Rather than constantly vacuuming your pool by hand, you may save time and effort by employing an automated pool cleaning or a robotic pool cleaner. An automated pool cleaner, also known as a robotic pool cleaner, might be what you need if you have trouble keeping your pool regularly due to leaves in the water.

5. Reconsider Your Landscaping Approach With Trees

Naturally, avoidance is always preferable to treatment. It may be time to update your landscape with new, pool-friendly plants if you’re sick of constantly skimming your pool or using pool covers.

Flowers and leaves from common garden plants like azaleas and cherry trees appear lovely, but they continuously lose petals and leaves, which might end up in your pool if the wind picks up.

Choose plants that have low rates of leaf drop instead. Citrus, palm, and Japanese maples are beautiful tree alternatives that won’t be shed into your pool. Another lovely option is succulents. If you don’t want to get rid of the other plants, you can always put them in the front yard or build a retaining wall between the landscaping and the pool area.

6. Think of A Leaf Net

Keeping leaves and other debris out of your pool while not in use requires a sturdy pool cover, which you, like other pool owners, likely employ. You could put this kind of cover year-round, but it would be inconvenient to take it off every time you go swimming.

That’s why having a pool cover made of a leaf net is so helpful. Like a winter pool cover, these coverings are fashioned from a thin mesh fabric that keeps leaves out of the pool. In contrast to a heavier winter pool cover, net coverings don’t let water collect on top of them when it rains. This makes the daily task of taking the cover off and putting it back on a breeze.

7. Maintain A Clean Skimmer Basket

The skimmer will likely be clogged with leaves if your pool collects debris. Maintain a nearly empty skimmer basket at all times.

More material will be collected in your skimmer if you empty the basket many times each week, but it will only accumulate to the point where the skimmer becomes clogged. Keeping debris out of the filter and pump is a nice added feature.

Pump Baskets Should Be Emptied Often

When there is a lot of vegetation in the pool water, some of it can get up in the pipes. Because of this, a pump basket is included with each pool pump. The pump motor may be damaged if little leaves are pulled into the system, but this basket will catch them.

When your pump basket is stuffed with dead leaves and other debris, it may increase the workload of your pump. Regularly emptying the pump basket is necessary if you have a leafy yard.


Maintaining a spotless pool is a must for every pool owner. Maintaining your pool by cleaning leaves and other debris regularly can keep it looking great and extend the life of your filtration system.

The number of leaves in the pool, your available funds, and your level of convenience will all play a role in the procedure you choose.

As the pool season often winds down before most leaves begin to fall, protecting your pool with a high-quality cover is your best bet. All you need is a cordless leaf blower and a sturdy umbrella.