Your backyard is so much more than just your swimming pool. It’s your escape on a long day and your
retreat when there are sunny skies. Enjoy everything your backyard has to offer by adding a personalized
poolscape. Poolscape is the environment surrounding your pool. Landscaping can have
astronomical benefits for your backyard and your check book while also providing aesthetic enhancements.
With the correct planning and effort, your poolscape can be a direct reflection of you while creating an
environment for everyone to enjoy.
Gardening is a hobby that many people can enjoy and for a good reason! Landscaping can provide
health, environmental, and financial benefits. Even with water restrictions and suburban sprawl,
landscape plays a large role in connecting us with nature and the importance of caring for our
- Tree shade on your home can reduce your attic temperature by as much as 40 degrees. They moderate
urban “heat islands” caused by widely paved areas, absorb as much as 85% of the sun’s direct heat,
and reduce power use by as much as 59%.
- Plants damaged by watering bans could aid to the effects of harsh climate conditions. Plants control
runoff and erosion, and decreased runoff means less urban flooding. They also absorb water and
return it to aquifers.
- Lawns trap as much as 12 million tons of dust and dirt released annually into the U.S. atmosphere.
Other benefits of lawns include absorbing noise and providing outdoor living areas with temperatures
around 25 degrees cooler than concrete areas or areas with dead greenery.
- Studies suggest that reduced stress and lowered blood pressure can be achieved by simply looking at
plants and trees, even if it is through a window.
Save Water Save Money
Of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the United States, approximately 7.8 billion
gallons, or 30% is devoted to outdoor uses – the majority of this being for irrigation. During the
summer, this amount can exceed the amount used throughout the rest of the year. It’s estimated that more
than 50 percent of landscape water goes to waste due to evaporation or runoff water caused by
Learn how to reduce this number and save yourself some money this pool season.
- Choose climate-appropriate plant species to reduce irrigation water, soil erosion, fertilizers, and
pests and disease.
- Plant shrubs, trees, and other vegetation in place of lawns or bare areas. This will control runoff
water and reduce global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide and cooling the earth’s surface.
- Invest in water-efficient irrigation systems
with sensors to prevent over-watering. Adjust your watering systems to fit each season.
- Over-watering can cause many problems with your lawn and plants including fertilizer releasing into
ground water, shallow roots, weed growth, disease, and fungus.
- Water in the morning to avoid evaporation. Mold growth and disease can occur from watering in the
evening. Water your lawn separate from your plants, and ensure sprinklers aren’t watering the
- Water new trees and shrubs longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants. Once grown, trees
and shrubs do not require much watering, if any.
- Control water flow on a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
- Raise your lawn mower cutting height. Longer grass blades help shade each other, reduce evaporation,
and prevent weed growth.
- When soil is dry or compacted, allow water to soak in before continuing watering.
- Top your soil with
compost and mulch to hold water and reduce evaporation.
- During a drought, use leftover water from the bath or sink in your garden. Don’t use water that
contains chemicals! In non-arid parts of the country, your lawn only needs to be watered once a
month. Once fall rolls around, your lawn will bounce back to normal.
Utilize these tips and tricks to have a beautiful, healthy, and money-saving poolscape for many years to
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