Spring is the time to embrace the warm weather opportunities your backyard offers with a refreshing sense of energy. It’s out with the cold in and with the new, from priming your patio to trimming the lawn. Channel your inner landscape architect and make the most of your backyard space.
Turn the clock back on the areas affected by a harsh winter. Collect leaves and other yard trimmings into tidy piles on a blue tarp or black tarp so that they may be more easily bagged and properly disposed of. Once you’re working with a clean slate, translating the picturesque vision you have in your head into reality gets much easier. Other spring cleanup landscaping to-dos should include fertilizing your lawn, trimming your trees and shrubs, mulching, and inspecting your irrigation and sprinkler systems.
Step two is to embrace the power of the flower. Springtime bulbs are renowned for their ability to transform even the dullest of landscapes into scenery fit for the Land of Oz. Spring is the season for azaleas, lavender, and rockstar bidens amongst others. Get a sheet of graph paper and sketch out the different flower areas of your yard. Then use crayons to color it in to get a good idea of what it will look like – then alter and mix and match until you find the right combination for your tastes.
The patio area takes center stage in bringing together friends and family for grilling, chilling and everything in between. The comfort and practicality of your patio should be the top considerations when it comes to spring entertaining. For starters, your patio furniture is something that needs to have versatility. If you’re not much of a heavy entertainer outside of the family, you might be more inclined to go with a traditional table and chair set up. More social pieces, like ottomans and chaise lounges, are perfect for the company of friends, helping to transform the patio into more than just a space of socialization but one of entertainment as well. Embrace the best of both worlds with a medley of both traditional and more unconventional pieces that will get your guests talking. Finally, patio furniture covers are an essential part of patio protection to keep your pieces looking like new for years to come. A solid waterproof tarp provides the finishing touch, providing full coverage for your patio, furniture set, and even plants and flowers during windstorms and sudden dips in temperature.
Even the most relaxing of outdoor parties can be spoiled by pesky insects, the occasional rainstorm, and the cloying humidity of late spring. When approaching the re-design of your space, consider the many possibilities that accompany the versatility of a screened-in deck. It’s more than just a luxurious extension of your home into your backyard before you exit into the sunshine and backyard beauty. The indoor-outdoor transitional buffer allows you to entertain guests in both spaces, creating options for those who prefer the cozy confines of an indoor space while also enjoying the fresh air and breezes. You can even get matching patio furniture covers to marry a sense of balance between the two areas.
Backyard verandas are perfect examples of making something old new again. Native to Portugal, they’re similar to patios and decks in being a space where outdoor lifestyle comes to play. Your backyard veranda is the perfect place for a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Spring may bring sunny days, but chilly nights will stick around for a little while longer. Thankfully, your backyard fire pit gives you all the warmth you need on those brisk nights. And while the rest of the backyard may have received a seasonal spruce up, your firepit deserves a little bit of TLC as well. After giving the walls a good scrub down with a rag and cleaning solution, take a few steps to improve the performance and safety of your pit. Spreading sand along the bottom of the pit will add a layer of protection from extreme heat, which will improve its longevity. Keeping in mind the negative effects rain and humidity can have on your firepit, such as rust and corrosion, a waterproof tarp is your best bet to keep your pit safe when spring rains roll in.
What’s more pleasing to the eye than an elegant pond or fountain nestled in a lush backyard? Moving water features are a great way to welcome spring without the worry of becoming a hotbed for insect pests. Koi ponds are elegant and sophisticated additions to any backyard and can be made simple by way of trial and error. Well, that and a high-quality custom tarp. Likewise, birdbaths are a simple yet charming addition to your backyard menagerie that will attract some fine feathered friends with little effort on your part. If you’re in the market for something a little more tranquil, you can even try your hand at an artificial rock waterfall.