Is there anything better than relaxing outside during the warm, sunny summer months? We've put together 5 tips to make your outdoor space the perfect place to unwind and entertain. You may even increase your home's value in the process!
A few well placed pops of color can really tie a room together and make it look expensive. You don't have to spend a fortune, or overhaul your existing furniture to achieve a more cohesive look. Pick up a few outdoor throw pillows , a fun rug and a coordinating umbrella and your patio will be instantly refreshed! Think of your potted plants as accessories and display them around the area for added interest.
No need to head inside once the sun sets! Add some festive lighting to your patio and we're sure you'll find yourself hanging out there long into the evening. You can find tons of fun string lights, lanterns and even outdoor lamps at any hardware store these days. You can even add in a few citronella candles and torches to keep the bugs at bay.
Add a stylish outdoor rug to your patio to make the area feel more cozy and pulled together. It's amazing how an area rug can make the space feel like an extension of your home! There are tons of inexpensive options available online.
Turn your patio into a real retreat by adding a privacy fence and some tall landscaping around the perimeter. These plants are great for creating natural screens for your yard.
Add a fire pit, hammock, outdoor bar or lawn games to your patio for added entertainment and fun! You may find yourself spending more time outside than inside this summer!
Summer isn't over yet, but it's time to start thinking about the upcoming transition to fall. We've put together 6 tips to keep your garden looking beautiful into the foliage season.
Before you do anything, take lots of photos of your current garden and landscaping. Take notes on which plants did well, which didn't and where you would like to see changes next year. Put together a binder, or digital photo album to look back on next year when spring rolls around.
Now the real work begins. It's time to remove any annuals that are past their prime, rake the soil and add fresh mulch where necessary. This is also a good opportunity to trim bushes, and prune perennials.
Fall is the time to look at your perennials and divide any that may be getting too large. This is a great opportunity to re-plant in other areas, or trade with friends to diversify your garden!
Fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your flower garden! There are lots of hardy plants that will thrive this time of year. Mums and pansies add a vibrant pop of color and look wonderful planted in your garden, or in pots by your entry!
With the change of seasons comes a change in temperature. Invest in some frost covers for planted flowers and bushes, and prepare to move potted plants indoors at night.
Last but not least, fall is the time to think ahead to your spring garden. Remember those photos you took? Re-purchase any bulbs that did especially well, because now is the time to get those in the ground for next season. If you're not sure which bulbs will do well in your garden, this site has a comprehensive list with planting tips.