Photo Courtesy: Katy Warner
During the summer, everyone wants to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors. This means that, if you own a good-sized backyard, you should be taking advantage of it as a free and easy way to get some sun, enjoy some company with friends and family, and be lazy throughout all of the days of the summer when ice-cold drinks and flip-flops reign supreme.
Below are some tips that will help you get started on beautifying your backyard space and really getting it ready for the summer so that everyone can come over and enjoy the hard work and creative thought you put into your outdoor environment.
Install a Swimming Pool
Whether you opt for an above-ground or an in-ground swimming pool is entirely up to you, especially since each type comes with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. But once you get a pool installed, everyone will be coming over to enjoy it, so definitely be prepared to regularly have company, especially if the weather is great and people need to come over to cool themselves off.
In addition to swimming, which is great exercise and loads of fun, your pool will provide you with a great accent piece for your outdoor space. If you install an in-ground pool, you can choose from a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your preferences, and then decorate around it with vegetation or lounge chairs that you can sit in to bask in the sun.
Add a Gazebo with Seating Beneath
How nice if you could have both, the Gazebo AND the Pool!!
Having an outdoor grilling session is yet another fun summer tradition that everyone should take advantage of. But having the right seating for your guests is very important as well. To make sure that everyone is comfortable and out of the harsh sun, purchase a large gazebo that will fit comfortably in your space. Then add a table with matching chairs beneath it so that people can sit, eat, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company.
Gardening to Beautify Your Space
Lori’s nice backyard garden in Buffalo, New York, USA – Photo Courtesy: Lori L. Stalteri
Even if you do not like gardening to grow food to eat, you can get into this therapeutic hobby by planting beautiful trees, bushes, and flowers throughout your backyard. Choose varieties that will bloom at different times throughout the seasons, from spring through to the fall so that your guests always have a burst of color to enjoy.
From tropical hibiscus flowers that bloom in the middle of summer to massive hydrangea bushes that grow larger every year, perennials are the types of flowers and bushes that you plant once and will return bigger and better each year. In the spring, you can enjoy the delicious smell of lilacs, and in the autumn you can take in all of the bold colors of the changing leaves on the trees.
There are so many creative ways to make your outdoor space more inviting. There is really no better time to enjoy it than during the hottest season of the year, when you can spend some quiet time outside on your own or invite people over for a party.
Derek Tyler likes to express his opinions through his articles. Painting and decorating things are a few of his favorite things to do. Visit www.b-rodpools.com to know more about his work.