We moved into a house with a large in-ground pool, and have been learning to maintain it (I'm a yard-work newbie). We skim leaves and twigs out every few days, and some days there is rather a lot of them. For example after some storms this week, there was a lot of leaves in the skimmer basket and that I skimmed out manually. I can't even imagine what it will be like when the trees start losing their leaves.
Is there any preferred way to deal with this waste? What would be most practical, economical, and environmentally-friendly of my choices?
- Dump them on the lawn, let them blow away?
- Dump them on the concrete, let them dry out and crumble?
- Compost them? (I have no idea if this is feasible)
- Accumulate them in village yard-waste bags and put them out with the trash?
- Something else?
We use standard chlorine tablets, occasionally augmented via chlorine "shock" powder, chlorine stabilizer (cyanuric acid), and simple chemicals to adjust the pH when needed. We use a basic pump and sand filter.