Thursday, 30 June 2016 18:56

A Shady Topic

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Desert living comes with many perks, topping that list is enjoying our beautiful outside desert landscapes year-round. In the Coachella Valley, many local cities require the provision of shade in the layout of parking lots by using trees and covered parking. In addition to this, architectural designs are expected to provide passive solar mitigation over windows and significant shade areas where people might congregate. Community centers are expected to provide trellis covers and address walkways and trail systems with arbors and trees – especially in rest nodes and destination areas.

So what can you do to provide more shade on your property and in your backyard? You can add structures that provide shade, such as pergolas, gazebos, or canopies.

Pergola:

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Gazebo:

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Canopy:

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There are also shade trees that are useful for providing some much needed relief from the sun. Here are some popular ones for this climate:

Chilean Mesquite:

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Palo Verde:

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Southern Live Oak:

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Tipu Tree:

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Whichever one you choose, you can’t go wrong. In these sweltering summer desert temperatures, shade has become one of the biggest commodities! RGA has professionals who are knowledgeable in providing shade through our landscaping design. Call us for a consultation and to discuss your needs!

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