Making the Most of Your Garden this Summer
Spending time outdoors is great for both our physical and mental health, helping to improve memory, decrease stress levels, and even lowering blood pressure. During the summer months, there’s no better way to enjoy the sunny weather than by relaxing in your garden with friends and family. Here, we go over how you can rethink your yard to make the most of it this summer.
Add Some Color
Many flower species bloom as the weather gets warmer in the spring and summer months. You can add a splash of color to your garden by heading to your local hardware store or nursery to pick up some native flowers to add to your garden. One of the easiest ways to incorporate floral arrangements into your garden design is by using planters and containers. You just have to remember to fertilize and water all plants appropriately.
Deck Out Your Patio
If you don’t already have a patio setup, summer is a great time to add some furniture to your outdoor space. A patio table and chairs are all must-haves if you plan on eating meals or entertaining outdoors. You can also add a grill setup or fire pit for summertime barbecues. Some people also add features such as hammocks, hot tubs, garden benches, and more.
Set up a Shady Space
During the summer months, it’s best to avoid spending too long in the sun whenever possible. While a little bit of sun is great for a vitamin D boost, too much exposure can lead to dehydration, rashes, sunburn, and skin cancer. You should always wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 when spending time outdoors, but even with protection, you can still cause damage to your skin.
Creating a shady spot where you and your family can sit, relax, and enjoy meals allows you to spend more time in your garden without having to worry about the sun’s rays. You can build an arbor or pergola with a functioning guttering system and cover it with vines, or you can opt for a more simple patio cover. It’s also possible to grow a shade wall with tall, fast growing plants such as bamboo. Take care when planting, however, as bamboo is highly invasive.
Sprucing up your yard for the summer can help your family to safely spend some time in the sun. Adding shade and a place to sit can transform your garden into a proper living space where you can relax, entertain, or simply soak in the great outdoors. You can also add some flowers for a fun, vibrant summer feel.