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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Installing A Pool In Your Yard

by Eugene Jones

As soon as winter is over, many homeowners start asking themselves the same question: "Should I install a pool in the yard for summer?" However, installing a pool requires a major change in the landscape of your yard, so it's important to ensure you have thought through this decision carefully. Below are three questions to ask yourself before hiring a contractor:

Is a Swimming Pool Right for Me?

If you are considering installing a swimming pool on your property, you need to make sure that it is a viable decision both logistically and economically. Of course, you do need a well-sized yard to ensure a swimming pool can fit, but there are various options to suit your needs.

A good thing to keep in mind is that you don't want the swimming pool to dominate your entire yard. You need to be realistic about the size – once the pool is installed, you will need sufficient space for people to access the pool and to relax after a swim. You also need to consider the geometry of the pool. For the best aesthetic effect, you should design your pool to reflect the dimensions and architectural design of your home.

Is It Worth the Investment?

One of the biggest concerns people have is whether or not they will be able to use the pool enough to justify the high initial investment. Installing a swimming pool on your property is a huge decision to make as the pool will have a significant impact on your available space and your wallet, so it's important to get this part right!

When considering if the pool is worth the investment, you need to be realistic about the area in which you love. If you're looking to build an indoor swimming pool, then the decision is largely a financial one. However, if you're looking to build an outdoor pool, your ability to use the pool will largely depend on the seasons.

If you live in a very hot climate, great! You will likely have enough warm weather throughout the year to justify the cost. However, if you're not so lucky, you will have to look at ways to heat the pool. Outdoor pools require a vast amount of energy to keep the water warm, so you need to closely consider your options before making this decision.

How Can I Keep the Pool Warm?

Conventional options are available for outdoor swimming pools. Traditionally, these are very similar to your home boiler and can be fueled by gas or electricity. However, heating a swimming pool isn't the same as heating your home. In your house, heat is kept in because of the external structure. However, a free water surface doesn't offer this enclosure, and your pool will start to lose heat immediately.

Thankfully, the industry is moving towards renewable sources of energy that can help keep your running costs at a minimum. The most common renewable solution is a ground source heat pump, which utilizes geothermal energy from the ground in order to heat your swimming pool. When making the decision on whether or not to install a swimming pool, it's best to speak to energy contractors about what specific options are available to you. For more information, contact a landscape company like W.H. Boyer, Inc.