How Chlorine Can Damage Your Lawn

McGuire’s Beautiful Outdoors works hard to help keep your lawn and landscape in top condition. While necessary, routine home maintenance can lead to adverse effects for your landscape. Your lawn and landscape can be harmed by chlorine from these routine fixes.
Elemental chlorine is commercially produced from brine by electrolysis. The high oxidizing potential of elemental chlorine led commercially to free chlorine’s bleaching and disinfectant uses, as well as its many uses of an essential reagent in the chemical industry. Chlorine is used in the manufacture of a wide range of consumer products, about two-thirds of them organic chemicals such as polyvinyl chloride, as well as many intermediates for production of plastics and other end products which do not contain the element. As a common disinfectant, elemental chlorine and chlorine-generating compounds are used more directly in swimming pools to keep them clean and sanitary. It is also used in solutions used to pressure wash your home.
Plant Friendly Pressure Washing
If you are considering pressure washing your home, be sure you consider the damage that the chlorine and the chemicals from the wash solutions can cause your turf, plantings and shrubs. Be sure to cover all your plantings with a waterproof tarp or other cover while pressure washing. Once the job is complete, uncover the plants and run the irrigation to flood out any chlorine.
Pool Auto-Flushes
Heavy summer rains triggers many pool owners auto flush systems. The chlorine from the pool water can cause significant damage to your turf. You can combat this by extending the pool’s drainage to the edge of your property, obviously taking care not to spill it onto your neighbors property.
If you have more questions about the effects of chlorine or other chemicals, feel free to contact us at 813-996-7300.