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How to Create a Shady Sanctuary in Your Backyard

Summers are meant to be spent outside as much time as possible, enjoying the cool shade and drinking our favorite beverages while watching our children horseplay in the green grass, but when you live in Arizona, summers are more often spent inside, savoring the air conditioning while our children veg out with their favorite videogames! Well, we have a newsflash for you: This is the dessert and finding a shady spot to lounge can be an impossibility if you don’t know the right people! We at New Image Landscape and Pools consider ourselves the right people, and this guide to creating a shady sanctuary in your backyard could be the key to changing your life.

Shade Trees are the Obvious Solution to Your Arizona Landscaping Needs

Unless you have a lot of money to have full-sized shade trees planted, you’re going to need a lot of patience with your Arizona landscaping; it takes a while to grow tall enough to create the sanctuary you’ve always dreamed of. If you do have the patience, the following three trees will grow fast, provide good shade, and best of all, survive the desert heat: the Arizona Ash, a deciduous tree that provides a rare touch of color in the fall; the South American Tipu Tree, which flowers in the summer; and the Chinese Elm, which grows fast and thrives in the desert sun.

Sun Shades Aren’t Just for Your Car

Also called sails, these fabric covers can are typically triangular shaped and can be tied to poles, roof edges, or even staked to the ground on one side to ensure all-day shade. Perfect for homes that don’t have covered patios, they can also be used to extend one that already is covered. Add some flowers and a water feature and your shady sanctuary will do its job without costing you an arm and a leg!

Gazebos, Pergolas, or Pavilions

If you really want a shady oasis to shield you from the desert heat, building a structure can be the perfect solution. Call them gazebos, pergolas, pavilions, or simply a shade structure—whatever your preference, these wood structures can be a life saver! We’ve seen simple ones that involve no more than four legs and a tin roof, made beautiful with furnishings, curtains, and of course more flowers, or elaborate ones with gabled roofs that are shingled featuring an entire living area under its cooling eaves; the only limits are your imagination and your wallet!

Come Outside and Play

Give us a call today and spend more time outside playing in your shady sanctuary and less time watching television. We’re here to help!