Backyard Entertainment | 08/29/13

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Fall is the best time for Arizona outdoor living, so take advantage of your backyard environment and your Shasta swimming pool!

The weather outside may change as fall approaches, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to shut down your pool for the year. Your pool can be used year ‘round for a number of different activities.

Get Active

Why not extend the life of your pool and go for a swim this fall?  Get the heater going for those chillier October days and continue to use your pool before the temperatures dip closer to the freezing point.

Not a fan of swimming?  Then those looking to get a bit of exercise can easily do their very own “aqua-size” or aquatic exercises in the privacy of their backyard.  You can use a number of things that you likely already have on hand to enhance your water workout (such as a pool noodle or a milk carton filled with water), or you can purchase floating dumbbells and other pieces to add resistance and increase your strength.

Get Decorative

Pools don’t only need to be used for swimming; they can also be used to enhance the appearance of your backyard at any time throughout the year.  One of the simplest and most elegant ways to get decorative with your pool this fall is to create floating paper lanterns.  If you plan on having guests over for a backyard barbeque, this will be sure to please.  All you need are some lunch bags, sand, Styrofoam and battery-operated votive candles to piece together these easy lanterns.  You can even purchase or make lunch bags that match the theme of your special event.

Another great idea to help make your pool the focal point of your backyard is to float flowers in the water. Wider-based flowers tend to work best (such as orchids and gerbera daisies), though you can also purchase silk flowers (these tend to stay afloat better than real flowers).

Lastly, visit your local pool store and see if they have any portable pool fountains that you can use to spruce up your yard.  If you’re purchasing it close to the end of summer or in the fall, you may be in for some great discounts.

Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.