As the days get longer and lighter, outdoor living becomes a lot more attractive. Al fresco dining under the stars, spending weekends by the pool, and inviting friends and family over for a barbeque seems a lot more enticing than staying indoors. That’s why you should hit the ground running and prepare your backyard for warmer days as soon as possible. Here is how:
Rethink Your Poolscape
Warmer weather will draw you to your pool more often. Is it everything you need it to be? Take a good, long look at your pool and its surroundings to determine some of the following:
Is there enough shade nearby? The midday sun can go from warm and rejuvenating to absolutely scorching in a matter of minutes. Ensure that you have the option to pop out of the pool and find solace under an overhead shelter nearby.
Is your chosen aesthetic clear and visible? If you’ve always dreamed of having a resort-like poolscape in your very own backyard, ensure that every element of its design screams luxury and relaxation. A curvaceous pool with a vanishing edge, comfortable upholstered recliners, curtains billowing from the beams of a pergola, and a dreamy day bed are all features in a poolscape worthy of a hotel—and your home.
Be Practical About Your Plants
Summer brings with it a whole new array of challenges for your beloved plants. Prepare for spring and summer by hiring a landscaping service to maintain your natural landscape.
Regular mowing and watering will be absolutely essential to ensuring a thick and lush lawn fit for the kids to play on. Fertilization, the application of mulch, and the strategic placement of shade cloth to protect your most delicate plants will also need to be performed in preparation for summer. This can all be a bit overwhelming for a busy homeowner—making professional landscaping companies excellent alternatives.
Winter can take a toll on your irrigation system if it wasn’t properly winterized, as water may freeze and thaw repeatedly within it, causing pipes and fixtures to crack. Have your irrigation system inspected and repaired to ensure that it functions at its best during spring and summer.
Deck Out Your Outdoor Kitchen
Sunshine and blue skies will leave you longing for a poolside cocktail or fun sun-soaked barbeque experience. Cooking outdoors becomes a lot more comfortable as temperatures rise. All you have to do is ensure that the cooking experience your outdoor kitchen facilitates is just as stress-free.
Invest in high-quality appliances that will stand the test of time and produce food that’s indistinguishable from what you whip up in your indoor kitchen. Hardy materials are also essential in creating workspaces that will remain in pristine condition despite constant exposure to the elements. You can reduce the amount of rain and shine that your outdoor kitchen is exposed to by installing a pergola, gazebo, or pavilion overhead.
Be even more creative with your outdoor kitchen area by embracing a beachy aesthetic this summer. Your very own backyard beach bar, with tiki torches and reclaimed wood, can go a long way in bringing the seaside home. Enhance the theme by installing slabs of rough, refreshing sandstone underfoot and building a naturalistic pool nearby.