Having a beautifully landscaped yard and outdoor living area provides you will your own refuge for some quiet time to relax and enjoy being outdoors. But there are also many days when work, family commitments, and other responsibilities can keep you from enjoying that favorite seating area by the pool or in the Ramada by the trees. However, your busy schedule does not mean that you should lose the benefits of your landscape and outdoor oasis.
Spending even 15 minutes outdoors has been proven to improve your mood, increase your energy level and even reduce your blood pressure but even on days when you don’t have a minute to spare sitting outdoor, you can still take advantage of these great health benefits. A study at the University of Melbourne found that just seeing nature, even if it is through a window, provides restorative benefits to mental acuity.
This information can be very valuable when you are planning the landscape for your home. Consider where you spend the majority of your time when at home. Which windows are near your workspace or the area where you spend time doing chores such as loading the dishwasher, folding laundry or cooking? Be certain to speak to your UNIQUE landscape designer about placing specimen plants, focal points or special features near these key windows. So that even when you don’t have time for a stroll outdoors, you can still enjoy the refreshing and invigorating benefits of your landscape through a window.
Some favorite features that you might create could include a trellis covered in flowering vines. This will not only provide beautiful color and foliage but it will also attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Larger shade trees will add to the beauty outside your window as well as helping to control the temperature of the room by blocking the sun in the summer and wind during the fall and spring. In addition, adding a few birdhouses or a bird feeder will attract a variety of birds to brighten your day. Hibiscus, Bird of Paradise and Orange Jubilees are also good sized plants which are easily visible from a window and will create a beautiful and tranquil view.
Ask your UNIQUE designer for other suggestions to create beautiful views from every window in your home so that you can enjoy the health benefits of nature and your landscape.
As the weather cools down, the last thing that you might be thinking about is having a pool installed, but this is actually the perfect time to get the process started. Not only does this assure you of having your pool ready for a refreshing dip on the first hot day of 2019 but it also eliminates many of the delays and weather issues that can arise during a spring or summer build. And you certainly know exactly which features your family would love to have, as they were sure to have been begging for them all summer long.
Even though it is perfectly acceptable to build a pool in the extreme heat of a Phoenix summer, there are certain challenges that must be dealt with to ensure the integrity of your UNIQUE swimming pool. The extreme heat in the summertime can make it very difficult to manage the curing process of the concrete. The heat causes the water to evaporate too quickly and requires regular water applications to avoid any cracking. And waiting until late winter can also pose issues as concrete should never be exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees during the curing process. Concrete pours during either of these extremes can be structurally weakened which diminishes the quality of the finished pool.
Benefits to Your Yard
Spring can have some unpredictable weather which could result in your yard being wet during your pool construction. We can still build your dream pool in these wet conditions, but there is likely to be more noticeable damage to your surrounding yard and outdoor living areas. Heavy equipment is used for some phases of construction and in wet conditions ruts and damaged turf are always possible. But now that we are past monsoon season and have relatively dry weather, construction will be far less destructive to your yard. And then in the spring, your grass and plant material will be at its best as you begin to enjoy your UNIQUE oasis.
Call today at 480.969.1911 to schedule a free consultation with a member of the UNIQUE design team and let us create your dream pool for 2019!