With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get ready to enjoy it from the comfort of your own backyard. It’s easy to neglect your yard, especially during colder, wetter months, but it pays to get it ready for summer. It can soon become the center of your world, as you begin to eat, relax, socialize, and maybe even sleep outside!
So, follow these 7 tips to get your yard up and running for the best summer yet!
We’ll start with the chores first, giving you a blank canvas to work on. Outdoor chores often get forgotten, but you can transform your backyard with just a few quick projects. It’s worth cutting any long grass, and trimming back any unruly plants, restoring some order to your jungle. On the other hand, if your lawn is looking a little lackluster, fertilize it to encourage a vibrant growth. Other tasks that you can tackle include cleaning the gutters, mulching your flower beds, and slapping a coat of paint on fences, pipes, and walls.
Get Hold of a Pressure Washer
If doing chores and cleaning your yard doesn’t sound too appealing, make it fun and efficient by investing in a pressure washer. This will make cleaning off the cobwebs a breeze, and can also be used to clean stubborn dirt and mold from pretty much any surface. From the decking to the grill, a pressure washer makes short work of keeping things clean, fresh, and ready for summer.
Decorate Your Yard Like it’s an Extra Room
If you plan to spend a fair amount of time in your backyard this summer, consider it a bonus room, or an extension of your home. Decorate it in such a way that it fits in with the rest of your home, and invest in sturdy outdoor furniture and decor that’ll look great and last for years. Outdoor rugs are increasingly popular and create an eye-catching focal point, as well as a place to relax in the sun. Chairs and couches can be furnished with pillows, cushions, and throws, as they would be inside, and these can help set the tone of your outdoor space.
Add Plants for Peace and Color
Your backyard can be a haven for plants, and if you’ve got green fingers, it’s a great way to indulge in a relaxing and rewarding hobby. Depending on where you live, you can choose from a variety of different plants, from fruit trees and vegetable patches to flowers and cacti. For the designers out there, pick vibrant plants to add splashes of color to your space.
Bring Forth the Grill
Summer wouldn’t be summer without rolling out the barbecue and cooking up a feast. If yours is looking a little shabby, show it some love and attention. Scrub off the worst of the dirt with hot soapy water, and polish up the lid to breathe some life back into it. If it really is beyond salvage, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new one? Alternatively, why not dig out a fire pit? Not only does this create a warm atmosphere, but it can also be used to cook up your favorite grilled treats.
Build an Outdoor Shower
One great way to cool off on those hot days is in an outdoor shower. They’re relatively easy to make, and with the right materials, you can create a solar-powered shower that provides warm water throughout the day. It’s a great way to save on your energy bills, and it’s perfect if you also have a pool.
Light Up Those Summer Nights
With warm evenings, don’t let the fun stop with the setting of the sun. Light up your backyard using solar-powered lamps and rope lights. Both do a fantastic job of creating a whole new atmosphere in your yard and encourage socializing way into the night. Use small solar lamps to light up pathways, while rope lights look great hanging on the porch, or in the bushes and trees.