Picture yourself sitting under the stars, drink in hand, gathered with your family around a fire in celebration of the arrival of Summer. If you’re like most Americans, one of the most appealing and exciting parts about summertime is the opportunity to spend time outside, enjoying the warm weather in your own backyard. For homeowners around the country, summer nights are often left un-enjoyed due to a yard that’s less than inviting. This year, why not turn your outdoor living space into a destination to be enjoyed by friends and family with a yard redesign! With just a few simple steps, you’ll have a yard that you love spending time and entertaining in!
Find Your Center
To create a space that gets the whole group to gather and engage, choose a center point. To find this center, walk out in your yard and find a large flat area that isn’t too close to your property line, too close to your house, or too near to any other feature in the yard like a swing set or pool. The place you choose may not be the exact center of your yard, but it should be a place around which you can imagine placing a circle of lawn chairs. Now that you’ve located the perfect center for your outdoor entertaining space, it’s time to add a focal point that everyone can enjoy. Building a fire pit or adding a less time-intensive option like a chiminea can illuminate the evening. If your family includes children, the choice of a fire pit is a great opportunity to let kids toast their own marshmallows to make s’mores while the parents enjoy conversation and beverages.
Build a Border
Another simple way to designate a space in your yard for relaxing and entertaining is to create a border that draws the eye to the space. The border doesn’t have to entirely enclose the space you’ve chosen, but a few large pieces like potted plants, statues, or boulders can help create a perimeter that makes your outdoor space feel more intimate. Another type of border that’s necessary for your new entertaining space is one that you might not have considered. When you’re spending time with your family in your yard, the last thing you want is to be bothered or bitten by pests like mosquitoes. A Mosquito Shield border is mosquito yard control that not only blocks mosquitoes, ticks and other pests like fleas from entering your space, it kills them at the source, preventing them from breeding and subjecting your family and pets to painful bites and the risk of dangerous diseases. With a Mosquito Shield around the border of your new outdoor entertaining space, you and your family can enjoy gatherings around the fire without the annoyance of flying and crawling pests.
Add Some Flare
Now that you’ve created a space that is inviting, functional, and free of pests, it’s time to add some decor that will reflect your style. If you already have lawn furniture, either choose accessories like throw pillows that will complement or match the color. If you want to incorporate a few new pieces, but you don’t have a big budget, try visiting a thrift store for furniture like end tables or additional chairs for visiting guests. You can paint these pieces with a can of weatherproof outdoor paint so you won’t have to worry about bringing them inside when it rains. To add the finishing touches to your outdoor space, paint some plant pots with the leftover paint and plant flowers or succulents to place on end tables. No matter how you choose to decorate your newly redesigned yard, you can count on it to be a pest-free, stress free space to enjoy for summers to come!