Summer is here, which means that we’re all spending plenty of time outside basking in the sun. Not everyone is blessed enough to have a back yard but if you are, you’re probably starting to think of ways that you can make it all the more beautiful and comfortable so that you can enjoy the next couple of months in style. Here are a few ways that you can make your back yard a relaxing paradise this summer.
Inspect Your Flowerbeds
First of all, it’s time to inspect your flowerbeds. If there are dead shrubs and plants or if things are starting to look far too overgrown and messy, get out your shears and pruners and start pruning and removing dead branches. If you did some planting during springtime, make sure that you check the healthiness of those new little plants - keep watering them regularly and making sure that they’re getting plenty of sunlight. If you’re preparing your flowerbeds to do some more planting, make sure that you add a fresh layer of compost, whether you’ve bought it from the garden centre or you’ve created your own compost heap from kitchen scraps. Use snail and slug pellets to remove them from your flowerbeds so they don’t eat the fresh new leaves and flowers.
Overhaul Your Lawn
If you have kids, you’re probably expecting to see them spending plenty of time outside this summer - which means that you need to have a good space for them to play in. Whether that involves investing in a wading pool or trampoline remains to be seen - but before that, you need to focus on the state of your lawn. Make sure that you cut back the grass. If you have a large back yard or the grass is long, hire a mower from a company like Brookings Rent All and put out your sprinkler regularly over the summer so that the grass doesn’t get yellow and dry.
Make Sure There’s Some Shade
If you’re planning to use your back yard as a party point this summer, make sure that you have some shaded areas, whether they’re under trees or umbrellas. Over the summer it can be easy to spend far too long under the sun’s rays and get heat exhaustion or heatstroke as a result. Even bad sunburn can really ruin the rest of your week and put you at a higher risk of getting skin cancer one day. Adding shady areas to your back yard will make both yourself and any guests more comfortable this summer.
Why Not Add Water?
Finally, why not spruce up your back yard by adding a water feature? Whether you go for a small fountain or even a little pond to attract wildlife like newts and frogs, having water in your back yard will add a more calming atmosphere and give you a pleasant cool area to relax in. Just make sure that you fence it off if you have kids - water can be as dangerous as it is beautiful.