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Lawn and Garden - Designing With Water

(ARA) - Stress is a fact of life in today's hectic society. With the demands of work, school, families and a never-ending list of hobbies and activities, many find it nearly impossible to find a moment to relax, whether alone or with friends and family. That's why it's so important to create a tranquil environment within the home, or in your backyard, to combat the effects of everyday tension on your mind, body and soul.

Imagine floating in the ocean, lazily drifting down a river or simply enjoying the warmth of a bathtub. Listen to the sounds of water, and think about how it feels. Water is the most nurturing of all the elements, yet we frequently take its restorative properties for granted. By incorporating a few simple water elements into your backyard landscape, you can create a tranquil oasis to soothe frayed nerves at the end of the day.

Hot Tubs

Hot tubs are a beautiful and functional option if you want to include a water element in your backyard. By incorporating a spa into your landscape, you can provide an aesthetically pleasing alcove for entertainment and relaxation in the comfort and convenience of your own home.

From soothing hydro massage jets to tranquil waterfall features to dynamic lighting and music systems, there are many options that make a hot tub both relaxing and beautiful. Manufacturers such as Hot Spring Spas (www.hotspring.com) offer hot tubs with built-in water features that combine the tranquil sound of flowing water with powerful jets to provide a soothing, hydro massage experience.

Water Gardens

Water gardens are becoming one of the most popular elements integrated into landscape projects. Not only do they increase property value, the soothing sound of running water creates a relaxing atmosphere. Water gardens can easily be created in all shapes and sizes and can be designed to fit virtually any existing landscape. By incorporating a variety of decorative rocks and plants, homeowners can add their own personal touch to the garden. There are many options available at home centers to create the ideal water garden. From do-it-yourself kits to professional landscaping, homeowners on any budget can easily recreate their favorite garden scene in their backyard.

Water Fountains

With the increase in home sales and new home production, many homeowners are facing the challenge of limited outdoor space in exchange for a larger house. A decorative fountain can enliven a patio, deck or backyard of any size with the sound of running water. Fountain options are seemingly endless, ranging from ground-level, trickling water spouts to statues with flowing water cascading into large basins. For tight spaces, choose a one-piece fountain with the water falling into an attached basin. For a more decorative approach, surround the fountain with flowering vines or place it in a secluded corner amidst a variety of outdoor foliage. The inclusion of this simple feature can heighten the atmosphere and create a calming nook in your backyard.

Water is an integral element in creating a peaceful home environment. By utilizing water features creatively with spas, water gardens and fountains, homeowners can create an individual and inviting sanctuary in their outdoor space.

For more information on how to integrate backyard spas, or to utilize free three-dimensional backyard design tools, visit www.hotspring.com

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