Why Gardening is Important for Good Health

Gardening is more than just shoveling dirt and watering plants. It is a way to get outside with a purpose, enjoy the sunshine, get a little exercise and grow your own veggies and herbs! Gardening is great for people of all ages. It is a way for you to relax without being a couch potato.

Gardening Health Benefits

Below are 5 reasons gardening is good for your health:

  1. Exercise- It is likely that you spend far more time inside than outside. With working 40 hours a week, balancing a family and house it can be hard to find time for yourself, let alone time to do a little exercising. Did you know that spending 30 minutes a day in your garden counts as moderate activity? This is a great way for you to get a little physical activity between work and play.
  2. Spending time planning out what kinds of veggie and herbs you will grow is a mental workout in itself!While planning, you will get a chance to familiarize yourself with vegetation that does well in your area and how to best arrange it.
  3. If you suffer from depression, gardening is a great way to give you sun exposure and breakup your day to day thoughts. Spending time out in the sun is one of the best ways to increase your own serotonin levels, a natural chemical that works at fighting depression.
  4. Gardens have a calming effect on the human psyche. Simply having lively greenery around your home can improve your mood and reduce stress. Signs of life help to bring a feeling of renewal, especially after winter, and gardens give you a feeling of accomplishment that is nearly unrivaled. If you are making your yard look better or growing vegetables, you will have a constant reminder of your hard work, whether that is on a plate at dinner time or right outside your window.
  5. If you choose to plant a vegetable garden, you get the added benefit of home grown food. This is not only a great way to save money but the food is healthier and you know exactly where it is coming from!

7 Ideas for Backyard Pool Designs

Generally if you’ve seen one residential pool, you’ve seen them all. Too often people don’t do anything to give their pools individual flair, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be satisfied with an uninspired look. Here are seven ideas to consider for your new pool before you have it installed.

Before you have your pool installed consider some unconventional pool shapes and styles.

– If you like doing laps, you don’t have to get a standard sized pool. To accommodate smaller yards or people who would prefer a pool used for exercising versus pool parties, there are lap pools. They are longer and thinner than average sized pools, making it easy to slip outside for different kind of workout.

Backyard Pool Designs

– To turn your backyard into a tropical paradise consider a lagoon-shaped pool. A lagoon-shaped pool will not only be different in style but if your backyard has an odd shape or a lot of vegetation this kind of pool lets you work around these restrictions.

– For an elegant design, go for the infinity pool. The pool design makes it appear like the water stretches on to the horizon. This is a particularly impressive pool if you have a body of water near your home or a large open area such as a cliff or hills.

If you like the standard pool sizes but want to make it look more individualistic, there are a few things you can do give your pool personality.

– By adding a black-bottom to your pool, you make it look classy and different. As an added perk, it can slightly increase the temperature of your pool since it absorbs heat, although the temperature difference may not be enough to be very noticeable.

– The Jacuzzi does not have to be located in an entirely different part of the yard. You can create a two layer effect by having the Jacuzzi overflow into the pool. Guests can quickly move from one to the other.

– If you want your pool to be more than just still water, you can have a waterfall added. It will keep the water constantly flowing while creating an elegant and relaxing atmosphere in your backyard.

– The easiest way to change the look of your pool is with the lighting. Use different colors and angles in and around the pool to give your backyard and pool a distinct look come sundown.

Creative Atmospheres is specialized in commercial and residential landscaping and design. For a free consultation to discuss your future pool and the dream you envision for your backyard oasis,contact us via email at info@creativeatmospheres.net or by phone at 949-302-8335 to set up an appointment!

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How to Select the Perfect Landscape Company

When it comes to your home, you want it to look presentable. The outside front yard and backyard matter just as much, if not more as it gives your neighbors and passerbys a birds eye as to what the inside will look like as well. If your family is like many others, you likely don’t have a skilled landscaper and designer in your family or you might just be short on time.

When looking to hire a landscaping company to build your ideal back or front yard, there are several things you must keep in mind. Below is a list of points you should consider when hunting for a landscaping company in your area.

  • Even if you don’t have time to take care of your yard, you probably know how you want your lawn to look. You will want a landscape company who has experience with the style and plants you would like. Would you like a little garden area so you can do some work in the yard periodically? Do you have certain flowers in mind? Consider what kind of open space you want, maybe spend some time looking in magazines and driving around town to see if you can get pictures of what you would like.

Letting them know what the purpose will be of your yard as well as some key points you would like to incorporate will help the design team in creating you ideal oasis.

  • Have a budget in mind. How much you are willing to spend on your yard will narrow your search. Make sure the regular cost fits comfortably without your current means.
  • Take the time to talk to, interview and get quotes from several companies, even ones that you initially dismiss. There is no harm in seeing what creativity a company can spark with their ideas.
  • You need get started earlier rather than later. As we are in the peak of spring, you want to have everything lined up to make the most out of the summer season that is fast approaching.

If designing, developing and sculpting is not in your line of work, make sure to find a landscaping company that can take your very basic ideas and turn it into a beautiful yard. Contact Creative Atmospheres today at 949.302.8335 or by email at info@creativeatmospheres.net to set up your free consultation.

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Keep Pests Off Your Plants the Natural Way

Over the years the public has been made far more aware of the risks associated with pesticides and herbicides. If you are concerned about adding chemicals to your garden, there are four natural ways of helping to keep your flowers, plants and herbs pest free. It will not only be healthier for your, but your garden life as well.

Egg shells are a great way of deterring larger animals, like deer, from feasting on your plants or flowers. This increases the amount of space you have in your garbage can while giving your garden more nutrients. As you spent time in the kitchen getting food ready, make sure to put your egg shells aside for later use.

Dish soap is another great regular kitchen item that works well in your garden. By putting a little dish soup into a spray bottle and adding a considerable amount of water you have an inexpensive and reliable way of combating aphids. You need only about one tenth the amount of soap and water. The few chemicals in it are not nearly as harmful as regular those made specifically for your plants.

Cayenne Pepper is something that most bugs do not like. By adding a little bit to your garden, you will find yourself coming across less and less ants as the pepper seeps into the soil. It is also a great deterrent to your pets. Your dog will be considerably less likely to dig in it and your cat will be less likely to use the gardens as a restroom.

The oddest thing on the list is panty hose. They have a wide range of uses, but in terms of pest control panty hose can cover your plants to discourage small rodents and birds, even insects. If you like to grow melons, panty hose are perfect for stopping ground rot. As the melons grow, slip them into the panty hose to keep them safe. It may seem odd, but it gives those older pantyhose a purpose again as it keeps the melons safe.

How to Keep Your Flooring Looking Brand New

Your new home is one that you should be able to cherish for a long time, so how do you make sure that your hardwood investments keep their luster long enough for you to get your money’s worth? Here are some steps that you can take to keep your flooring looking brand new:

Stain
A stain can add a beautiful finish to your floors, but make sure it’s waterproof. It’s especially important to stain the bathroom and kitchen areas, since these are the areas that will experience the most water damage if left untreated.

Dust
Dust particles can actually scratch your wood flooring. Breaking out the duster is never a bad thing. Microfiber dusters attract dust mites and trap them, so you never need to go over the same spot twice. Additionally, using a microfiber duster is safer than using a broom, as brooms often contain microscopic shards of glass and other things which can damage the wood.

Use Only Hardwood-Safe Products
When it comes time to mop your hardwood floor, ensure that whatever you treat the mop with will not eat away at the beautiful stain you’ve applied. Erosion occurs over time, so you won’t know if you’re screwing up until you look back at years of faithful cleaning to find that it just doesn’t have the shine that it once did.

Vinegar is commonly used in cleaning and should be avoided like the plague when it comes to washing hardwood floors. The pH in vinegar is so high that it can and will strip the lining off your hardwood even in trace amounts. Also avoid using furniture sprays on your floors. These leave an oily film, which not only takes the shine away, but poses potential problems with traction.

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