You know how you’re always telling the kids, “shower before you get into the pool!” especially when they are dirty or dusty? Or those times when you’re telling them to shower off after they get out? If you had an outdoor shower, it would be so much easier to get them to comply, right?
We offer these tips if you want to have an outdoor shower for your family. An outdoor shower is one of those accessories that is so convenient and keeps everyone from tracking through the house with wet bathing suits. Continue Reading
Myths exist in all areas of life; including swimming and swimming pools. As you read, you’ll probably remember hearing this from your mother or grandmother in years past and we know that these myths still carry some weight. We’d like to share five swimming pool myths and the facts surrounding them, so you know what is, and what is not, to be believed. Continue Reading
Using a swimming pool cover is a wise choice but we often find that people don’t use them for a variety of reasons. Often, we are asked questions such as:
- When should you cover your swimming pool?
- When you’re not going to use it for an hour or two? Overnight?
- When you’re on vacation and the pool won’t get used for a week?
The answer is that ideally, you should cover it any time you’re not using it. Taking the swimming pool cover on and off isn’t always easy and quick, though an automatic or liquid pool cover is nice, it’s simply a good habit to form. Continue Reading
June 20th may be the official start to summer, but, at Hawaiian Pool Builders, we believe that Memorial Day is the real start to a summer full of in-ground pool fun.
Like other holidays that we celebrate in the United States, Memorial Day has a theme, and at least one thing we associate with it. Thanksgiving is associated with turkeys, family, and giving thanks. Christmas; gifts, family, a Christmas tree, and stockings that are hung with care. Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to buy a piñata, eat tacos, and hang out with your family and friends. Memorial Day brings to mind picnics, barbeque, and summer, and as with the others; family. Continue Reading
The type of swimming pool you own will help determine some of the particulars and specifics as it relates to swimming pool care basics, but we’d like to explain five swimming pool basic care tips. Continue Reading
Graduation party season is in full swing, and often times goes for the entire summer. Whether your student is a high school graduate, college, or even grad school, Hawaiian Pool builders has some fantastic ideas to make your ‘grads’ swimming pool party one they won’t forget. We have ideas for invitations, decorations, food, entertainment, and party favors. Continue Reading
Summer is the greatest time of the year and if you have a swimming pool, you might be considering a pool party. As you prepare, here are some tips to make your pool parties stand out. Continue Reading
What better way to say “May” in Northwest Ohio then opening your swimming pool? We know that’s the most exciting thing about May.
Once you have your swimming pool opening scheduled, there are plenty of other activities in May that are fun and entertaining also.
Interestingly, the biggest Week in American Birding is May 3-12, 2019. This 10-day event is planned at the peak of spring warbler migration in the Lake Erie Marsh Region of Northwest Ohio. The “Biggest Week” will be jam-packed with workshops, warblers, free guided walks, warblers, half-day trips, keynote speakers, island birding trips, and more warblers. The event is located at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Oak Harbor, Ohio. Festival Headquarters: Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center at 1750 State Park Road in Oregon, Ohio. This is a fantastic family event, and it’s completely free. Continue Reading
When you have a swimming pool it’s only natural that it will be the focal point of your backyard. The landscaping around the pool and outdoor living space adds to the overall beauty and aesthetics of the entire outdoor experience and that’s where landscaping with potted plants comes into play.
Potted plants add to poolside ambiance, and container gardening adds a unique flair to the space. Part of the beauty and benefit of potted plants is you can move them from location to location to change up the look. You can also plant a variety of plants and colors, trees and shrubs or even flowering vegetable plants to allow you access to blooming beauty all season long. Potted plants also eliminate the worry of planting trees whose roots may damage your pool plumbing.
When you have made the commitment to have potted plants you will need to care for them, weed them and water them to keep them healthy and blooming. Depending on the weather, there just may not be enough rain to keep them properly watered. Here are three potted plant tips:
- Knowing when to water. Don’t overwater or under-water. Trust your instincts when it comes to watering. Test the soil to see if it appears dry or wet and water as needed. You can even pick up the pot to see how heavy it feels – heavy equals wet. Make note of the type of plants you are growing and either read the seed packet or ask a greenhouse associate how often and how much to water.
- Where to water. Don’t soak the plant to the extent that the water erodes from the roots. Consider a “spray” bath for the plants and gently wet the soil and clean the leaves. Water in the morning.
- Drainage is important. Plants need a way for excess water to drain – either when you’re watering or when it rains. A pot with a hole in the bottom is ideal. You will want to place small stones in the bottom of the post as well to help with drainage. If roots come out the bottom of the planter, it’s time to repot.
If you over-water the plants, there will be standing water beneath the pot. The roots will get brown and the soil will smell. If the leaves turn brown or yellow or fall off, chances are it’s from overwatering.
Under-watering can be determined if you see that the plant is withering, and no new leaves are forming. If the leaves are curled and brown, it’s time to water. If the dirt in the pot is dry and crumbling, you are likely under-watering. You may be able to step up the watering game and save the plants, but do so slowly as you don’t want to saturate it.