Tips for the Best Outdoor Living

Summer is here! Now that the temperature is rising, it’s time to enjoy some lazier and longer days in the great outdoors. 

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Here are more ideas on how to make your backyard into a relaxing getaway:

Say goodbye to mosquitos

Nothing puts a damper on an outdoor gathering like mosquito bites.  Consider mosquito-treating your lawn throughout the warmer months to ensure your yard is pest free.

Create an outdoor room

Fences and garden walls shield views of neighboring houses, but good landscaping can also provide a cozy enclosure with privacy.  Adding a few key elements can convert a boring space into a cozy outdoor room.  Outdoor rugs and water-resistant furnishings can transform a blank space into an extension of your home.  Add some candles and a container garden and you’ll never want to go back inside!

Add an outdoor kitchen

If you grill several times a week, you might consider creating an outdoor kitchen by simply adding extra prep space and storage. Also, a small refrigerator can come in handy when entertaining outdoors.

Create shady spots

Sunshine is a welcome treat in the summer, but sometimes a break from the sun is necessary. Mature trees are wonderful shade cover, but shade areas can also be created with awnings, umbrellas, and vine-climbing pergolas and arbors.

Play with the elements

Fountains serve as a great focal point in an outdoor area and the soothing sound of trickling water adds a sense of calm and tranquility.  Click here to for tips on how to select the best water feature for your outdoor space. Fireplaces and fire pits provide a place to gather, warm up after a swim or even roast some marshmallows!

Plan outdoor lighting

Dimmable electric lamps and string lights create a welcoming, relaxed mood on a patio or deck.  Also, keep in mind steps and walkways should be illuminated for safety.  And it’s always a good idea to have flood lights strategically located to brighten the backyard for playing and entertaining after dark.