Remove leaves from pool cover

How to Remove Leaves from Pool Cover

Is your pool cover full of leaves?  Are the leaves wet or dry?  Either way, we have some helpful tips and tools on how to remove leaves from your pool cover.

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Dry Leaves

If your pool cover is full of dry leaves that just fell from the trees, try removing them with a leaf blower. The process is simple, but you’ll need to clean up the leaves once they are off your cover.  Otherwise, you’ll find them right back on the pool cover. You can use a blower like this one: Black & Decker High Performance Blower which is also helpful around the yard when you need to blow or mulch your leaves.

Wet Leaves

More than likely, you’re dealing wet leaves on your pool cover.  It’s difficult to keep all of the dry leaves off the cover, and before you know it the rains comes.

We use a leaf rake, which is a larger version of a pool net, similar to this one:

Pool Skimmer Leaf Net

Just attach the leaf rake to a standard pool pole, and start scooping out the wet leaves.  You can make a pile on the ground and let them dry out.  Another option is to put them in a large plastic trash barrel. Just make sure it’s an old one with a few holes at the bottom.  The holes will let the water drain out, and make the barrel lighter to carry.

Draining the Water from Pool Cover

Once the leaves are off of your cover, you’ll want to drain the water.  One of the easiest ways to drain water from your pool cover is with a small pump.  The one we use is called a Little Giant Submersible Pump and it was made especially for draining water from pool covers.

We love the Little Giant.  It seems to have enough horsepower to get the job done.
We’ve tried other pumps, but this one seems the quickest.

Just attach it to a hose, and plug it in.  Be sure that the hose is attached.  If not, the hose could pop off underwater and slow or stop the draining process.

If there’s just a little water, you can let it drain on the grass.  If there’s a lot of water, you may want the hose to drain in the driveway.

You can use a regular garden hose.  We prefer to use non-kink hoses like this one:
Neverkink Garden Hose

Remove Leaves from Pool Cover with a Leaf Net

Aside from cutting the leaf-producing trees down, there is a product designed especially for leaves on a pool cover.  It is a called a leaf cover, and it is a large net that sits right on top of your pool cover to catch all of the leaves.  Once the leaves are done falling, remove the net, along with all of the leaves.  We haven’t tried it, but it looks like a great idea, and it comes in most above-ground and in-ground pool sizes.  For more details:

Leaf Net for Pools

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Household Checklist for November

Household Checklist for November

The holidays will be here soon, so there’s plenty to do around the house in November.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for November and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.

Pumpkin and gourds

Things to Do in November

Maintenance

  • Adjust clocks back one hour for Daylight Savings
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors
  • Finish Fall Cleaning Indoors (see below for separate checklists)
  • Prepare pantry for flu and cold season
  • Update emergency food supplies
  • Clean out cupboards and make food donation
  • Continue Christmas preparations (see separate checklist)

Outdoors

  • Rake leaves
  • Clean gutters one last time before winter
  • Put down winter fertilizer
  • Take leaves off pool cover (if applicable)
  • Drain water from pool cover (if applicable)

Money

  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget
  • Make Christmas lists and start shopping

Meal Planning

  • Plan and prepare Thanksgiving dinner
  • Plan upcoming birthdays, parties and events in December
  • Plan Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Details on November Projects

Here are some specific details on our November projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

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Printable Household Checklist for November

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for November:

Household Checklist for November

Household Checklist for November

By scheduling time to handle these items in November, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above, along with our tab dedicated toward planning and organizing for Christmas.

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Household Checklist October

Household Checklist for October

Fall is officially here, and there’s plenty to do around the house in October.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for October and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.

Pumpkins

Household Items to Handle in October

Maintenance

  • Update Your Time Management Schedule
  • Work on Fall Cleaning Indoors (see separate checklists below)
  • Get ready for Halloween (see Halloween checklist below)

Outdoors

Take apart vegetable and flower gardens

Rake leaves

Plant Fall bulbs and perennials

Go pumpkin picking / buy mums

Wash and put away patio furniture

Clean gutters

Have chimney cleaned

Put fall fertilizer and lime on lawn

Pool: Remove leaves and drain water

Money

  • Finish shopping for school/winter clothes (coats, boots, snow pants)
  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget

Meal Planning

  • Host October events
  • Plan upcoming birthdays, Thanksgiving and events in November
  • Get a head start on Christmas preparations (see Christmas Checklist below)

Details on October Projects

Here are some specific details on our October projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

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Printable Household Checklist for October

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for October:

 

Household Checklist October

Household Checklist for October

By scheduling time to handle these items in October, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above.

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest:  Click here

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Household Checklist for September

Household Checklist for September

Summer is over, and there’s a lot to do during the month of September. We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for September and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.

Things to Do in September

Maintenance

• Start Fall Cleaning Indoors
• Plan ahead for fall leaves (mulchers, leaf bags, vacuums etc.)
• Set up back to school desk supplies / work station for children

Outdoors

  • Reseed lawn, if needed (or hire someone)
  • Maintain vegetable and flower garden / harvest and weed
  • Trim final bushes and shrubs
  • Schedule Pool Closing (or do it yourself)
  • Plant Fall bulbs and perennials
  • Go apple picking
  • Clean out shed
  • Clean out garage

Money

• Finish school shopping (clothes, outfit for picture day and supplies)
• Balance checkbook
• Budget

Meal Planning

• Plan birthdays, Columbus Day Weekend, Halloween and events for October
• Buy Halloween costumes; plan candy and snacks

Details on September Projects

Here are some specific details on our September projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

 

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Printable Household Checklist for September

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for September:

Household Checklist for September

Household Checklist for September

By scheduling time to handle these items in September, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above.

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest:  Click here

It’s Time to Put Down Step 4 Fertilizer

If you handle the lawn maintenance for your home, you need to know when it’s time to put down your step 4 fertilizer.  We’re here to help with some quick tips.

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Benefits of Step 4 Fertilizer

Step 4 offers fertilizer for your grass.  It thickens the grass, and will make your lawn greener in the Spring.  In addition, it will strengthen the grass roots before winter.

Scotts Lawn Pro Step 4 Lawn Fertlizer 32-0-12 5000 Sq. Ft. Granules

When to Apply Step 4 Fertilizer

In New England, we typically apply Step 4 around Labor Day.  According to the manufacturer, you can apply Step 4 in the Fall, August through November.  Be sure to wait 4-6 weeks since you applied your Step 3 fertilizer.

How to Apply Step 4 Fertilizer

You can apply Step 4 fertilizer to dry grass, or grass that is wet.

While it is not necessary to water in Step 4, we prefer to water it in.  It makes the grass greener just a little bit faster.

We found the Scotts broadcast spreader easy to use for this project.  Just set the spreader to the settings listed on the bag of fertilizer.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

Or for smaller lawns, consider the Scotts Hand-Held Spreader which can you can use to apply fertilizer, grass seed, granular products like Preen weed-and-feed, or even ice melt in the winter.

Be sure to apply when the temperature is below 85 degrees, otherwise the fertilizer may burn your grass.  The manufacturer indicates that if the temperature will be above 85 degrees, you can apply it to dry grass and water it in.

Planning to reseed your lawn?  No problem.  Step 4 does not contain any weed preventative.  So according to the manufacturer, you can seed your lawn before or after applying this product.

Resources

For more details from the manufacturer, see:  Scotts Website – Step 4

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