Is your backyard ready for summer? If a blanket of sticky green pollen coating everything in sight was not enough to prove it, the renewal of a stormy spring recently should for sure. There was a bit of a lapse in spring like weather for 2013 but there is little doubt that spring has sprung and summer is well on its way to your doorstep.
Spring cleaning indoors is a common theme, but getting your outdoor living areas ready is also important. Do what you need to do now, so that when the heat sets in you can relax on your porch with some ice cold lemonade or tea with your feet up. Read over these four steps to get your backyard ready for summer.
1. Grow some privacy. Unless you live in a secluded cottage, it’s nice to have a fence or row of bushes to shelter your home from the neighbors. An arbor, trellis or pergola with hanging vines is another way to create some privacy. Flowering vines like trumpet vines, clematis or morning glory help create a romantic garden full of butterflies and hummingbirds. These structures also offer a wind-break and cast some shade during the hottest summer months.
2. Get cozy outdoors. Decks, patios and even a flat portion of the yard can be perfect for outdoor entertaining. Start thinking cook-outs, pool parties and game nights. Find some affordable patio furniture, and create cozy clusters with chairs, sofas and small tables. If you’re looking to add more home decor elements, toss some brightly colored throw pillows, umbrellas and potted plants into the mix to bring the space together.
3. Simplify pool maintenance. Family pools open up a whole new world of summer fun. But like any solid investment, pools require a little maintenance. Using a pool cover can reduce pool heating costs by 50 to 70 percent.
4. Keep your porch cool and comfortable. Solar shades come in many varieties and colors to match your outdoor living needs. They provide welcome shade and can block harsh sunlight making a porch or sun room much more inviting. Using solar shades can lower the temperature in that area as much as 10 degrees and helps protect your family against heat stroke and sunburns from enjoying the outdoors.
Take a look at the gallery of solar shades below for ideas and inspirations for your porch or sunroom and feel free to pin them to Pinterest! We encourage you to shop at BlindsMax for all your window covering needs. If you need any assistance or have questions or comments you can visit BlindsMax.com and click on the “Live Chat” button. Alternatively you can give us a call at (888) 305-8020. Thank you for visiting.
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