Cook Up a Plan for Backyard Living

As we move out of Spring and into Summer, it’s the best time to prepare your backyard and outdoor areas for summer living. In addition to things you can do for your lawn maintenance, pool safety, and keeping your foundation strong, there are some other simple tips to make your yard most enjoyable.

Add some shade

Installing an area with a roof, awning, or even an oversized sun umbrella is a great way to add an additional area with shade for seating, eating and playing. This is especially useful in the Texas heat! When placed strategically it can even help keep your interiors cooler.

Add furniture

Just like you probably give thought to the seating arrangements in your living room or dining room, consider how you will be using your outside areas and arrange seating to reflect those needs. Since many families use the outdoors for both relaxing and at times eating, you will want to make plans either for both areas, or for furniture that can serve dual purposes. You don’t need to go overboard – think simple but functional.

Consider both warm and cool

Ideally, you will be using your outdoor living area both during summer, and into fall ad later when it gets cooler. Consider extras for both of these times, which may include things like fire pits or water features.

Flora and fauna

Add to your garden space by using raised planters. Not only does it provide extra places to plant anything from flowers to fruits and vegetables, but by using raised planters you also make it easier on your back!

Add mulch

Not only can mulch help retain moisture for your plants, a layer of mulch is an easy way to put a finishing touch on your landscaping.

Recycle and upcycle

Outdoor settings and nature always make us think of ways we can be friendlier to the environment, and recycling and upcycling can fit in perfectly. You can get creative and make a fire pit with old pavers, furniture from pallets, turn metal tubs into planters, and mason jars with candles for lights, just to name a few. You can even recycle into small decor pieces, which is a fun way to get the kids to do some arts and crafts.

Get a grill

Outdoor grilling is probably one of our favorite parts of summer. If you already have a grill, now is a good time to give it a thorough cleaning to make sure it’s ready for it’s duties. Or, late Spring is a great time to find a good deal on a new option.

Schedule an annual home inspection

An annual home maintenance inspection is a great way to keep your home in tip top shape. Your inspector will check out all of the main systems in your home, including the roof and walls, foundation, HVAC and plumbing, and electrical, and note anything that may be starting to malfunction. This can provide you time to plan for any needed future repairs.

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