When to Put Out Hummingbird Feeders

When to Put out Hummingbird Feeders One of the benefits of outdoor living is enjoying the return of hummingbirds to Western New York. Offering a consistent source of nectar is the ideal way to attract hummingbirds. But, when should you put out your hummingbird feeders? While the exact dates can vary, the birds do tend to be reliable in their migration patterns and when they start visiting feeders. Here are the months it makes most sense to put out feeder in our region: April / May: Hummingbirds begin to reach their northern ranges in late April or early May, and it is best if all backyard birders have their hummingbird feeders cleaned, refilled and ready for…

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May is National Water Safety Month

May is National Water Safety Month As owners and builders of pools, we understand that a few key safety tips can help ensure a fun, safe swim season. Here are some of the “Rules of the Pool” we follow: Learn to swim well! It’s never to late to learn. Almost two million people of all ages learn to swim each year programs through local recreation departments and Red Cross Programs. Always closely supervise children whenever they are near any body of water. This applies to pools, spas or any body of water – no matter how shallow. Weak or inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved floatation devices anytime they’re…

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Salt Water Pool Pros and Cons

Saltwater pools have become one of the most common trends in the swimming pool industry over recent years. Naturally, many of our customers have questions regarding salt sanitation. We hope the following information will be helpful in determining whether or not salt is the right fit for your own backyard or commercial project. What is a saltwater pool? Rather than using a traditional (usually off-line) sanitizer such as liquid chlorine, or chlorine or bromine tabs, a saltwater pool uses a chlorine generator to produce chlorine on site, from regular table salt (NaCl) which is dissolved in the pool itself. During circulation, saltwater passes through an electrolytic cell that uses electric…

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Cool Fun with Your Dog

By Gary Bednarcyk It’s time for fun in the sun with your favorite four-legged swimmer! Adding a few pool toys can enhance this healthy form of exercise. This year our retail store will feature some great choices of dog water toys for your favorite pooch. Here are some key things to keep in mind when selecting dog toys for your pool: Toys should be strong enough to withstand frequent chewing without tearing or fraying. It’s helpful if toys are big and made of bright neon colorsto make finding them a cinch! Toys should float! Easy to find and easy to retrieve. Make sure toys are the proper size for your dog…

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Loving Outdoor Living

By Patty Bednarcyk One of the things we’ve all looked forward to throughout the long winter is warmer weather. And, now, with spring on the horizon, it’s time to start dreaming about what role outdoor living will play for you and your family. Redefining outdoor living spaces Many of our clients are looking at ways to extend their living space from indoors to outdoors. Incorporating relaxing, dining, cooking, and play into the growing outdoor space opens up the scope of outdoor living at home and increases the usable square footage of your house. So, what’s the best way to create your own outdoor living spaces? Start creating a wish list…

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The Best Time to Build a Pool

When is the Best Time to Build a Pool? Any time of the year is a good time to build a pool! It really depends on your goals, and how soon you’d like to be swimming. Construction on our end can occur in as little as three weeks. The true “start to finish” time, however, is largely dependent on the complexity of your project and the schedule of other involved contractors (landscapers, deck and patio builders, etc.). Design Pool & Spa maintains solid contact and working relationships with these other trade professionals so that together we can best meet your timeline expectations. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall = Great Pool Building…

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Choosing Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps

Enjoy Your Pool Longer with the Right Heater Here in Upstate New York, an energy-efficient and reliable heater or heat pump is a must. They will add to your comfort and extend your swimming season. In fact, some of our clients swim until Halloween! Below you will find information on some of the different heaters and heat pumps that we recommend. All of these units deliver fast heat-up times, low operating costs, and long life. And, since winter shows up every year, each has a rugged housing, built to withstand the elements. MasterTemp MasterTemp® is as easy to use as your home heating system, plus, user-friendly indicator lights make system operation…

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Pool Construction Challenges

Worried About Pool Construction Challenges?  We’re not! At some point during the course of deciding whether a pool is right for your family, you may have some apprehensions about the extensive construction involved in the building of a gunite swimming pool. Building an in-ground structure on a residential property can have its challenges, ranging from weather and yard access, to town restrictions and underground utilities. You may have even heard or experienced a horror story or two. In the next few paragraphs we will address some of the most common questions we field regarding potential construction hurdles. Every Yard is Unique Many of our customers raise concerns about whether their yard…

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