How to Protect Your Outdoor Plants and Furniture From Hot Summer Weather

How to Protect Your Outdoor Plants and Furniture From Hot Summer Weather
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    The summer heat can be enjoyable, but it can also wreck havoc on a yard if it is not protected.

    Constant sunshine can ruin many types of plants that require partial shade as well as damage outdoor furniture and other yard furnishings.

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Here are five ways to help save your yard from the harsh sun this summer:

Utilize Natural Shady Areas

Furniture and plants that are susceptible to the sun should be placed in a natural shaded area if possible. Large trees make the perfect place for picnic tables or other seating arrangements. Even small trees can provide a bit of shade during the long summer months. You can also place plants that need more shade near different outdoor walls of your home. Some sides of your house will not get as much sun during the day as others.

Water Plants Often

Most types of plants need to be watered more often when it gets especially hot during the summer. Lawns should be watered more often as well. Try to water during the early morning hours or right after the sun sets to make sure the soil absorbs as much moisture as possible.

Install Awnings or Outdoor Canopies

If your yard needs more shaded areas, outdoor awnings or canopies can provide the perfect amount of shade for seating arrangements and outdoor activities. Canopies can also be used to protect gardens and plants from the sun. Quality awnings and canopies are durable and can last for years.

Keep Furniture Covered

If you know you won’t be using a particular set of furniture during the summer months, you should keep it covered or place it in a shed where it won’t be exposed to the weather. Cloth covers can be placed over larger pieces of furniture like spas, barbeques and swing sets to keep them protected.

Use Temporary Shading

If you don’t have access to natural shade elements, temporary shading can be used to protect furniture or plants. Dark netting can help flowerbeds or vegetable gardens flourish during a heatwave. Cloth umbrellas can be placed above a small seating arrangement to serve as temporary shading. Keep in mind that such solutions will likely only last for a season or two. There are many easy ways to create shade in your yard to protect plants and furniture without the hassle.

Shade is an important element to any yard during the long summer months. Shade makes spending time outdoors more enjoyable and it also provides much-needed protection for furniture and plants. With a little careful planning, it’s possible to protect your yard and furniture from all natural elements including the harsh rays of summer.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about home, family, finance and business. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. Informational credit to Specialty Trim & Awning, Inc.

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