10 Easy Ways to Bring Your Outdoor Space to Life

August 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Some people have a creative mind that allows them to turn even a small boring space into something really spectacular. Others avoid doing anything with their deck, patio or yard because they just don’t know where to begin. If this sounds like you or maybe you’re just looking for a little inspiration to get you excited, below are 10 easy ways that you can bring your outdoor space to life.

  • Hanging Baskets – Such a simple thing can really make a dynamic impact. Hanging baskets can be filled with flowers or plants and hung pretty much anywhere you can install a hook for a chain or tie a string.

outdoor area 10 Easy Ways to Bring Your Outdoor Space to Life

  • Create Borders – When you have a well-defined space, everything looks neat and organized. You could buy edging or borders or you could simply plant rows of flowers. Seeds are inexpensive, sometimes even free and they will define your lawn.
  • Lighting – Just like in your home, lighting can really change the aesthetic of your landscaping. You can install low voltage lighting if you’re comfortable with wiring  or have power outlets or you can opt for solar lights. These are available in every style imaginable. Set a few lanterns around your patio or hang some from your fence posts.
  • Feed Your Lawn – A healthy lawn is like a gorgeous hardwood floor, a lawn filled with crabgrass and other weeds is like that 70s shag carpet in the basement of your friend’s house that you never want to go barefoot on. Fertilize your grass and leave grass clippings when you mow, they offer nutrients to your lawn and soil.
  • Invest in Tools – A few essential gardening tools will inspire you to work outside. Not to mention, the right tools will allow you to be much more efficient with your time.
  • Add Some Furniture – It can be tempting to pick up a few plastic chairs and call it a day but are you going to want to spend time outside sitting in them? If you are going to splurge on one thing this summer, let it be some comfortable, eco-friendly furniture. This is an investment that you will use for many years to come.
  • Plant a Garden – Who doesn’t love fresh vegetables? You don’t even have to plant an actual garden in the ground either! There are many vegetables that grow quite well in containers or you could build a raised bed. Gardening is very addictive once you start eating your rewards!
  • Mow Smart – The rule of thirds states that you should never mow more than one-third of your lawn if you want it to keep looking spectacular all season. You also don’t want to cut it during a drought, it’s very hard for it to re-cooperate from a cut if it doesn’t receive water for a few days after.
  • Garden on a Slope – Building a sloped garden creates a focal point in your landscaping. These are ideal if you already have a small hill because nobody likes to mow a hill! Use concrete or clay bricks to build a retaining wall and then build up from that with layers of flower beds. It’s a lot easier to do than you think!
  • Maintain Your Grill – The better you take care of your grill, the more you’ll want to use it and enjoy your outdoor space. Clean it properly between uses and think about investing in a cover for it.

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