How to Make Your Backyard More Hospitable During the Summer

Your backyard can be the perfect escape during the warmer months of the year, but when it is really hot outside, you have to make some adjustments to make it more comfortable.

If you can optimize the comfort in your backyard by bringing in cooling elements, you can make it the perfect place to spend your summers.

Then you can enjoy being outside, without ever having to leave your house.

Add Shade

Your first course of action needs to be bringing in shade so you can protect yourself and your guests from the worst of the summer heat.

Big plants can help with shade, as can vines that can create a natural roof over your patio.

You can also use a screen or build a structure like a pergola to help bring more shade to the space. You should find shade elements that can be moved around as the sun moves throughout the day, that way you can keep shade all day long.

Keep Pests Away

You won’t want to spend much time in your backyard if you have pests flying all around you.

So if you can cut down on the pests you have in your yard, it can help to make the space more comfortable. The plants you plant can actually help you to keep pests away. For example, plants like basil and lavender can repel mosquitoes and other insects.

You can also use screens to help keep pests out of particular areas in your yard.

Add Great Furniture

Choosing outdoor furniture can be a struggle because it needs to be both comfortable and durable, all while standing up to the things nature will throw at it. But if you can choose furniture that meets those needs, you will be in great shape to really enjoy your yard.

Make sure you learn about the maintenance required for any furniture piece you use so that you can take care of it properly. You can buy patio furniture in a set or buy individual pieces to create a more eclectic look.

If you want to enjoy your backyard this summer, you just have to do a little preparation.

With the right work, your yard can become a comfortable and inviting space that will make your summers even better. Don’t forget to put together some cool drinks to make your time outside even more enjoyable.

Check out this article on backyard additions that improve your quality of life!

Maire Shield

Maire Shield worked for 15 years as an interior design consultant in Albuquerque and is now retired after selling her business. She now shares her experience and knowledge through blogging to help other people create a beautiful home for themselves.

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