With the new season here, there isn't a better excuse to make some changes to the exterior of your house. After all, making your home shine will make you feel better and also bring a significant curb appeal to the property. While it may have an aesthetic value, improving the exterior may also be just what your home need after winter. From simple tasks you can do by yourself to more demanding ones requiring professionals, here are some ideas on how to prepare your backyard for the new season.
Nothing kicks off a new season as something dramatic, like decluttering. If you didn't use your backyard for a while that means it's probably a mess right now. So, the first thing to do should be to get rid of all the junk and set your space free for renovations and improvements.
Use a garden hose to wash the dirt off driveway, walkways, patio, and porch. Even the façade and roof could use some cleaning after a season of rains and winds, just don't use the highest setting to avoid damaging them. Just don't forget to save collected dried leaves, branches, and lawn clippings for compost to make your greenery lusher and healthier.
Lights play an integral part in a backyard. They can highlight certain areas putting them more on display, like your garden or a sculpture. Installing them along the paths will make your home more inviting and add more visibility to your exterior. Using solar lamps to light your backyard is not only practical but also budget-friendly and won't increase your energy bill.
If you have a seating area outside, consider using string lights that will allow you to create a more relaxing and soothing atmosphere. Wall lamps are great solutions for an all-night illumination of the porch and front door with their dim light. Choosing the right lights will make afternoons and nights outside more pleasant, but also show off your backyard in the best shape.
There are two approaches to outdoor furniture when the new season arrives: repair it or get a new one. In both cases, you will have to invest some money and time, but the main question is what will make your backyard better. Sometimes just changing the upholstery and adding one new piece of furniture can make all the difference.
But if you notice that repairs will take more from you than planned, it may be time to replace it altogether. The good news is that it doesn't have to cost much if you are ready to roll up your sleeves and express your creativity with some DIY furniture projects. It will give a personal touch to your outdoor seating area and make the backyard more unique.
Aesthetic renovations outside are more than a decorative feature. This is both practical and beautifying improvements that can give your house extraordinary curb appeal. House rendering and upgrading the windows can give the fresh look to your exterior and at the same time repair the existing damages.
The new season is also a great time to repaint the fence and fix the pathways, maybe even add some new features, like a fire pit. A pergola is always a welcomed addition since it can shade from sun and rain, allowing you to spend more time outside. A fountain or modest waterfall will introduce a water feature into your backyard, giving it a more natural and serene feel.
There are a lot of reasons to have a garden in your backyard. One of them is that you can grow your own food and spend time doing a wonderful and relaxing activity of tending to plants. It is also a great way to bring more colour to your backyard and make it come to life with nature.
The great thing is you don't have to concentrate on one area, but plant in several places. Space by the façade is wonderful for short plants, like dwarf flowering shrubs. Use climbing plants, like wisteria and clematis, to create arch above the gate or roofing for your summer awning. If you want to create a display of colour, plant annual flowers in pots and place them on the window sills or front-door steps. For the full year of green shades in your backyard, opt for evergreen plants, like Lenten rose and creeping myrtle.
How much work your backyard needs to be in good shape for a new season depends entirely on the shape it's in. Besides concentrating on beauty aspects, also pay attention to details that will upgrade your exterior space and make it good as new. The idea is not only to give your home a curb appeal but also to make it comfortable and functional for you and your loved ones.