It’s summertime folks, get your yard ready so you can enjoy it all season long!
Whether you have an acre, or more, of a yard, or you’ve got a tiny patio space, skim these tips to help make the most of your space. Adding even the smallest element can really make a difference. If you don’t like hanging out in your yard, you will after trying one or two of these ideas.
For medium or large-sized yards:
There’s probably ample room to work with. Use your imagination and take a chance on an idea you may not have tried before. If you mess up, just remember it will likely grow back!
- maintain the lawn-add fertilizer and mow. If that’s too much, just mow; it makes a world of difference, especially if it’s been raining frequently!
- put out patio furniture-at least you’ll have a place to sit and enjoy a cold beverage!
- add in some plants-try some small shrubs and colorful flowers. If you plant perennials, they’ll grow back year after year.
- set up a volleyball or badminton net- these are easy to install and offer endless hours of family fun.
- make a fire pit-if your city or town permits it, set up a small pit for nighttime wind-downs.
- clean up the deck or patio-sweep and add some potted plants, furniture or a grill. No deck or patio? Make a spot with a patch of gravel!
- light it up-put up some string lights or solar lights around your patio space or garden area(s). This will really help the aura of a space, especially at nighttime!
For small-sized yards:
Some of the tips mentioned above apply for small spaces too. With smaller spaces, it’s even easier to make a small change, but have a large impact.
- paint a door-whether it’s the back or front door, a pop of color will really liven up a space.
- add a trellis or shutters-better yet, add one or both of these in a colorful hue!
- DON’T add too much-don’t over clutter a small space, this can make things feel confined and claustrophobic.
- add a water feature-establishing a focal point is good for tiny areas, it will attract attention.
- hang a mirror-yep, this is probably not as commonly seen outdoors as it is in, but if placed about eye level and in a position that it reflects the beautiful plants in your yard, a mirror can make a small space feel larger. Make sure it’s rustproof!
- opt for tall plants or train your existing ones to grow upwards (by pruning them)-a tall plant will accentuate doorways and make them feel more open.