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Using shade in the garden to get you outside!

When the days get shorter but better in the winter, it’s time to pull out the gardening gloves. Growing your own veggies in the winter is an incredible opportunity for you to become more self-sufficient. The fact that in the Valley we can grow fresh veggies nearly year round makes it especially attractive. However, due to the vast amount of sunlight in the desert, partial shade over a section of your garden can be very handy. An aluminum lattice shade structure makes a lot of sense when you want 4-6 hours of partial shade. The lattice cover requires next-to-none maintenance, looks great in the garden space, and could even become a part of the garden with a climbing vine!

Imagine the look of integrating your shade structure into the garden. With shade for you to work under, it seems likely for the amateur gardener to spend more time outside with a comfortable setting. Create a gardening space that you want to spend time in. Using shade in the gardens of the valley seems to bring a lot of great ideas together.

Shade sails are another great idea in the gardening space. A fabric material that is stretched incredibly tight, the shade sail provides sharp looks with obvious application. Shade sails let through partial sun into the garden, letting your shade-seeking plants to thrive.  The shade sails look really good too, for example. 

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Sun and Shade Part 1: Shade Sails

Shade solutions run the gamut from shade sails all the way up to patio covers of different types.  Which one is right for you?  Well the answer to that question depends on your needs as well as other factors as the rules of your neighborhood or HOA.

Shade Sails:  Where to Put Them and Why

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As you can see in the picture to the left, one possible place to install shade sails is in a pool area.  Why?  well, not only are shade sails very effective at shading a space, they’re actually quite a unique way of doing it.  Whether or not you install shade sails, there are certain things you have to be aware of in Arizona.  One thing, we have some of the highest percentages of skin cancer and heat-related illness in the US. Shade sails help to protect you and your family from UV rays and from heat exhaustion, heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Shade sails are a unique shade solution for any outdoor area not just a pool.  They are beautiful, calling to mind adventure and exotic locales.  Another thing that is nice about them as a shade solution is that you can customize them in multiple ways from the color and layout all the way up to how high you want to place them.

How Affordable are Shade Sails?

Shade sails are affordable, particularly when you compare their price to that of skin cancer and health issues related to too much sun exposure.

So you have a choice of shade solutions open to you.  And one of the best?  Shade sails in Phoenix, of course.

 

This concludes part one of our series on shade solutions.  Be sure to read part two which covers solid patio covers, and part three which covers lattice patio covers.

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Shade Sails in History

Shade sails are old technology.  Pirates used them, so did the Romans as well as the ancient Egyptians, however, while the technology is centuries old,  times have definitely changed.

Shade Sails: Timeless Technology for the 21st Century

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As yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day, (ARR) it may be time to talk about pirates and their influence on shade sails.  A shade sail used to be nothing but canvas.  In the pirate towns of Tortuga and Barbados, shade sails were once literally real sails: a few bits of canvas, torn from an old sail to provide shade from the scorching tropical sun of the Caribbean.  However, pirates weren’t the first to come up with the idea.

Ancient Rome had shade sails, as did Ancient Egypt.  In Rome, they were often used at villas, sometimes on galleys as well.  Ancient Egyptians used them in some of their homes as well as on their barques.  Arizona, much like Egypt, has a very hot summer temperature, and even we need shade.

Modern Day Shade Sail Installation in Mesa

The Age of Sail is past, and Rome and Egypt are part of history as well as museums, but the idea of installing shade sails has not disappeared.  Nowadays, however, the technology has gotten a lot more advanced.  Canvas is still used, however, it is chemically treated canvas.  As such, it is much less prone to rot and UV damage.  Just as a sunscreen protects you from sunburn and skin cancer, so does chemically treated canvas have some measure of protection from the sun as well.

And it’s a good thing too.  Arizona isn’t Egypt, Rome, nor the Caribbean.  Yet, like them, we need protection from the sun, and one of the best ways to protect ourselves to to seek a bit of shade.  With that said, why not install shade sails today?

Our next article will explore shade sails for business.

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Mesa, AZ 85204
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Phoenix Shade Sails

Shade sails are one method of controlling exposure to the sun.  And in a place like Arizona, that can be literally a lifesaver…

Avoid Heat Related Illness with Shade Sails in Phoenix

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Each area of the country has its own safety hazards that people need to be aware of.  In the Gulf Coast states such as Florida and Louisiana, before you go swimming you may want to check for alligators.  If you live in San Francisco or the Pacific Northwest, sooner or later you’ll probably feel an earthquake.  If you live on the Eastern Seaboard or in Hawaii, you want to be careful of hurricanes or typhoons.  And if you live in the Phoenix area, you have to watch out for heat.  That’s where shade sails in Phoenix come in.

In 2010 alone, eighty people died of heat-related illness in Maricopa County.   Heat related illnesses include such things as minor conditions such as heat syncope, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.  Heat illness or heat-related illness is due to heat exposure. n the minor side  heat cramps, heat syncope, and heat exhaustion as well as the more severe condition known as heat stroke.[1] Heat stroke is defined as a body temperature of greater than 40.6 °C (105.1 °F) due to environmental heat exposure with lack of thermoregulation. In short, without dropping your body temperature, or without hydration, you can literally be cooked to death by the Arizona heat.  Shade sails help to reduce direct sunlight exposure., which in turn reduce heat exposure.

Uses of a Shade Sail

Your children want to go play on the playground equipment.  Slight problem.  The slide has a temperature of 120 degrees which is more than enough to cause burns to unprotected skin.  It can also help with shading a patio or pool area.  If you install a install a shade sail in Phoenix, while not a panacea, it can greatly reduce heat exposure.

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