It’s sunny, and it’s hot.  These two things together are great for summertime swimming, but there are some things you need to know when it comes to your pool and chlorine demand.

In this article, we look at the effects of sun and heat on your pool. It’s important to watch your pool during our hot, cloudless days as you can bet your chlorine levels are having a hard time staying level. Your pool simply uses more chlorine on hot days.

What’s more, the sun can make your pool water cloudy. This means you need one of our filter cleaning services or a sand filter change. Read more

Sanitizing is the most important step to pool care! Here’s a brief description of the role sanitizers play in protecting swimmers in your pool, plus the things that impact its effectiveness. Let’s look a the importance of pool sanitizers. Read more

Swim season is here! How dirty are your pool toys and floats? Check out this article for how to clean your pool toys and floats. Read more

This is the Townley Pool and Spa proven method for getting rid of mustard algae in your swimming pool. Most people think it is dirt, dust, sand, or pollen at the bottom, but in fact, it is mustard algae. Follow this “laser guided” path on how to treat mustard algae for a crystal clear pool!

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Are you ready to see your pool in hi-def?

Do you have clear, blue pool water because you’ve done the basics by adding chlorine to kill bacteria, a bit of shock to remove contaminants and an algicide to prevent unwanted blooms?

If so, that’s great!

You’re a smart pool owner. But believe it or not, your pool could look even better.

We’re going to show you how to see your pool in Hi-Def! Read more

Freezing weather coming. While most swimming pools are closed now, some pools are still open. If yours is one of them, this article is a must-read! Read more

David is back with a video on mustard algae. Before you close your pool, you want to know what to look for when it comes to algae so you can treat it! Read more

It’s always better to close late and open early when it comes to your swimming pool.

Your pool water needs to be consistently below 65 degrees to avoid algae growth and other problems. Read more

Labor Day is finally here. Your kids have been playing games in the pool all summer long. They just might be looking for something new and different!

If so, check out these five super fun Labor Day Pool games. Read more

You want a beautiful green lawn, and you want a crystal clear swimming pool. Do these things go together well? Lawn fertilizer can cause problems for your pool.

Why? It’s because what makes your grass green makes algae grow in your pool.In this article, we look at how to care for your lawn without hurting your pool.

Lawn Fertilizer Can Damage the Pool

You definitely want to keep pool fertilizer away from your swimming pool. The chemicals you lose on your lawn can cause you major headaches.

If you’re doing your own lawn maintenance, take special care to keep the fertilizer away from the pool. If you’re using a lawn service, make sure you talk to them about how and where to apply the fertilizer to keep it away from your pool.

What’s more, if you use too much fertilizer on your lawn, it causes run offs from sprinkler water and rain. These run offs make their way into storm drains, lakes, streams, and even your inground swimming pool.

Most fertilizers contain nitrogen and phosphorous. These will send your pool chemical levels into a tailspin while depleting the oxygen in your pool.

The end result is algae and cloudy water.

If you find you have this problem, we encourage you to add phosphates and more chlorine with BioGuard pool chemicals.

Be Careful with Blowing Grass

Many lawn services are guilty of mowing and then blowing all the grass clippings all over the neighborhood. We encourage you to not do this as well.

Do try to pick up your grass clippings, at least in your backyard, so they don’t blow into your pool.

All of that organic material will also cause your pool problems.

Once the grass clippings fall to the bottom of your pool they decompose and oxidize. If you’ve recently fertilized you end up with algae issues and phosphates in your water.

Phosphates cause algae growth, and algae eats up your chlorine.

We advise you to be careful if you’re handling your own grass clippings and talk to your lawn service about avoiding these issues by blowing grass clippings away from the pool or using a bagging mower.

You can also try skimming the grass clippings from your pool with a net after you mow.


Add Landscaping Between Pool and Lawn

Another way to keep yard waste out of your swimming pool is to create a natural buffer.

A good rule of thumb is to keep your grass at least three feet away from your pool. You can do this with landscaping and patio space.

Final Thoughts

Caring for your pool and your lawn is a delicate balancing act.

Lawn maintenance season and pool season are intertwined, and with a little planning and communication with your lawn crew, you can make sure your grass and your pool thrive all summer long.

Need pool service? Our expert staff is here to help. Simply give us a call, a text, or contact us below!

We carry BioGuard pool products! Contact us today for the best pool chemicals in Little Rock!