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Pools
and
lawns
can get along

Homeowners interested in installing pools in
their backyards need not worry about the potential impact of such decisions on surrounding landscapes.
According to the Association of Pool & Spa
Professionals, there are 10.4 million residential and 309,000 public swimming pools in the
United States. Although the average monthly
temperatures in Canada are lower than those
throughout much of the United States, many
Canadian homeowners still have pools in their
backyards. Quebec is home to the most pools
per capita for Canada - with some estimates
suggesting the province has more than 300,000
backyard pools, according to Pool and Spa

Marketing magazine.
Many homeowners wonder if the chlorine and
other chemicals in pool water have any effect
on the lawn, particularly if pool water robs
lawns of vital nutrients they need to thrive. But
the resource “All About Lawns” says most people needn’t worry about errant drops or even
higher levels of overflow. It all comes down to
the selectivity of grass. Blades of grass are particular about which nutrients from the water
they absorb and in what quantities. Lawns are
largely unaffected by chlorine. Furthermore,
soil can withstand chlorine when kept at applicable sanitary levels (which generally range
between two to three parts per million), at high

acid levels. That’s much more than is usually
contained in pool water.
Pool water is also maintained in the neutral
range at a pH of 6.5 to 7.8, which is safe for
plants. Should the pool water test at a higher
acidity or alkalinity, it can adversely affect
landscapes, particularly delicate plants.
Pool owners should be diligent about smart
application and storage of pool chemicals.
Powdered or liquid chlorine and other water
chemistry products that spill onto grass or
plants may cause damage.
In safe amounts, chlorine should not adversely
affect lawns and other plants that surround
pools.

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