At the Pool Scouts’ headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA, we’ve been spoiled with some summer-like weather even though it’s the dead of winter. This past weekend, we actually went to the beach. Yes, it was that nice out! Granted, the water was freezing, but the weather was splendid. What is it about that warm weather that makes us feel so good? As a former New Englander, I love the winters. I spent my childhood skiing and sledding on the weekends and building snow forts on snow days. It was the best! Now living in the south, I don’t miss those freezing cold days, and while I still enjoy a snowfall once in awhile, I don’t miss the blizzard conditions. Science tells us that there is a chemical reason why we crave sunshine. Sunshine provides us vitamin D which is essential to good health. Vitamin D helps to fight illnesses, boosts weight loss, and even helps to fight depression. What does this have to do with pools? These warm weekends are giving us a taste of what’s to come and believe it or not, hot weather will be here soon. That means pool owners need to start thinking about getting their pool ready for summer. Whether or not you covered your pool this winter or left it open, we have some tips to make sure your pool is swim ready and your backyard is party worthy when the temperatures rise in the next few months!
Spring time Pool Tips:
- Open Your Pool Early. The earlier you open and/or kickstart your pool, the less algae growth you’ll see. Warm weather makes for an ideal environment for blooming algae, also known as pool water that is tough to clear.
- Protect Your Pool Surface and Liner. Heightened algae growth can be detrimental to your pool surface and liner, causing discoloration and even staining.
- Keep equipment working smoothly. Equipment that sits dormant for too long can prove to cause issues when called on at the beginning of the season. Keep the time that pumps and motors are shut down to a minimum.
- Schedule Your Opening or Kickstart Service: Pool Scouts has already scheduled over 50 opening services beginning in March. Be sure to call your local Pool Scouts to get on the schedule! We offer full pool opening service as well as a kickstart opening service for those of you who left your pool open, but need to have water balanced and equipment checked.
Spring time backyard tips from Better Homes and Garden:
- Prep the beds. Remove winter mulch or, if well composted, work into the top layer of the soil.
- Give shrubs a haircut. Spring it the time to prune bushes and trees prior to buds blooming. On flowering bushes, be sure to prune above the buds, you don’t want to cut potential flower blooms!
- Plant those annuals. If you’ve been housing plants or growing veggies indoors in the cold winter months, late spring is the time to bring them out into the sunshine.
- Mulch time. If you mulch now, you’ll have next-to-no weeding come summer.
- Don’t forget the hardscape: Spring is a great time to repair patios and decks or refinish while the weather isn’t too hot.