The weather’s getting warmer, summer is (finally!) just around the corner, and we’re all staying at home more than ever before. If you plan on spending your days relaxing in nature, now is the perfect time to give your outdoor space a little upgrade. If your state restrictions allow small gatherings…a small (socially distant, of course) Happy Hour might be in order in the coming months. Here are some ways to get ready for that. And if you’re thinking about selling soon, you might even impress some summer buyers, too.
These Easy Projects Can Totally Transform Your Outdoor Space
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to get your outdoor space looking stellar. Here are seven quick, cost-effective DIY projects to help usher your yard, patio, porch, or balcony into the new season.
1. Do a little tidying
There’s still time to do your spring cleaning. Before you start on any big projects, take some time to tidy up your outdoor spaces. Sweep away any dust and debris on your balcony, patio, or deck, and clean off your furniture. If you have a yard, be sure to clear out any lingering debris, trim back your trees or shrubs, remove any dead limbs or branches and uproot any pesky patches of weeds. Clean out your beds and add fresh mulch…what a difference fresh mulch makes to your curb appeal!!
2. Perform regular maintenance
Late spring is the perfect time to tackle that maintenance to-do list you’ve been putting off! Although these routine tasks might seem mundane, they’re essential to keeping your outdoor space in tip-top shape. Cleaning out your gutters, spraying for bugs and pests, and powerwashing are just a few common projects that you’ll want to handle before the weather gets too hot. Check your siding and trim for wear and/or rot…repair and/or paint, as needed or hire a professional. These maintenance items can save you a lot by keeping up with them each year.
3. Give your lawn some extra attention
There are a few steps you should be taking right now if you want to keep your lawn green all summer long. Fertilizing during late spring is key to keeping your yard healthy. You may need to add lyme to your soil. Consulting a professional can be a great idea to get you off on the right foot. When you start mowing, be sure to not cut more than one third of the grass height in one sitting. You can prevent this by increasing the blade height on your mower. Be sure to water your lawn as necessary for your area and your climate.
4. Add new landscaping
You don’t have to be a professional landscaper to add some new greenery to your outdoor space—but be sure to do some research before you start planting. You’ll want to select flowers, shrubs, or trees that do well in your area, and consider how much sunlight and shade that they’ll get throughout the day. If you have a balcony or patio, incorporating a few potted plants can add a fun (and low-maintenance) splash of color. Stepping stones can add function and be a beautiful addition to your space.
5. Plant a garden
Have you always wanted to harvest your own fruits, vegetables, or herbs? Raised plant beds make it easy to create a garden just about anywhere, and they’re an easy DIY project that you can tackle before the summer months. Just build or buy the beds, fill them with soil, pick your plants, and start growing! Get the kids involved in this project. They will love to watch the plants grow and maybe even share in the fun of cooking, too!
6. Invest in some outdoor furniture
www.SummerClassics.com has some great inspiration!
Good patio furniture offers both comfort and function, and just a few updates can transform your outdoor space into a whole new living area. Consider investing in some staple pieces, like a table and chairs or a loveseat, and side tables…depending on the size of your deck or patio. Outdoor furniture can be a costly investment…so it can be effective to do a little at a time and build on it each year. Check out a local consignment store…a good mix of old and new can be a fun project to build on over time.
7. Incorporate outdoor lighting
If you want to take advantage of your outdoor space during the day and at night, new lighting might just do the trick. You don’t have to get too fancy (unless you want to!)—simply replacing some fixtures or hanging a strand of trendy string lights will elevate the entire area. If you really want to beat the heat, you might even install an outdoor ceiling fan on your covered patio or deck. One of my favorite ways to set the mood with lighting is with tea light and pillar candles. You can use a mix of glass jars and containers of different heights and shapes. Use citronella candles as it starts to get buggy later in the summer. Get creative!
Getting Ready to Buy or Sell This Summer?
Whether you’re thinking about moving next week, next month, or next year, you can trust us to help you navigate every step of the process. We have plenty of buying and selling resources to get you started, so feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We’re always on hand to lend our expertise!