7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space

7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space
  • Opening Intro -

    You might think September is a little late for your backyard deck, patio or garden project.

    The summer is coming to an end, so why start on a new outdoor project when we’re heading back to school or putting away the sprinkler and Slip-n-Slide?


Not so fast. First of all, you’ll be able to enjoy your yard for months to come, even if you have to get a fire pit or throw blanket to sit outside. Second of all, and more importantly for the budget conscious among us, many outdoor necessities, like grills, patio furniture and yard ornaments go on sale this time of year. Big box stores and local garden shops need to clear out their inventory to make way for the winter stock, so you can score a deal if you are shopping now.

But this is a big project, so here are seven tips for making the most of your outdoor space.

Decide How You’ll Use It

Just because you might see sale tags on a beautiful picnic bench doesn’t mean you should snag it. Think long and hard about how you’ve used your outdoor space so far and how you want to use it in the future. 

When guests were over this summer, were you short on seating? Did your container garden wilt on a shady balcony?  Thinking through how you could rearrange and improve the set up to better fit your needs is critical to making the most of your outdoor space.

Watch the Light

Before you lay your first patio stone or plant your first perennial, think about the light in your new space. Is there enough sun for plants that require full light? Is your desired area for deck furniture bathed in hot afternoon sun without any chance of shade? The presence of sunlight in your outdoor space will have an impact on what you plant and which furniture you buy.

Talk to Experts

Even if you are putting in a deck or patio DIY style, you can still talk to specialists. Some will come out and give free consultations; others might charge a small fee. Also talk to the plant and garden experts at your local garden store. If you are growing a vegetable garden, they’ll be able to tell you which varieties do best in your local climate. You could even schedule appointments with them to make sure you’re not competing with other customers.

Start With the Hardscaping

There is nothing worse than having to dig up plants after you’ve spent days getting your yard just so. So after you have a plan and have talked with the pros, start with the hardscaping. These are the stationary architectural elements that will be there for years to come: patio stones, walkways, decks, fountains and more.

Plant Landscaping or a Garden

Once you’ve got the permanent fixtures in your yard, now it’s time to fill in with the landscape. Choose a mix of plants — for instance, low maintenance perennials and shrubs as well as your beautiful annuals.

Furniture and Furnishings

Now comes my favorite part — the furniture! This time of year you may be able to score a deal or two, but think about your needs. Do you want a lounge furniture setup that is perfect for reading a book while sunbathing or do you prefer an eating area? Do you need umbrellas to help with shade? Be sure to have a way to cover your outdoor patio furniture in the winter to make it last even longer.

Live in It!

And now the final step — enjoy it! So many people move immediately on to the next DIY project without relishing their hard work. When the winter months do come, your backyard memories will inspire warmth.

Perfecting the outdoor extension of your home is a big job, and now is the right time to take it on! Leave your advice for making the most of your outdoor space in the comments below.

Savannah Hemmings is a personal shopper that loves to entertain! She shares her favorite products and party tips on her blog, SincerelySavannah. Connect with her on Twitter: @SavHemmings



directory photos forms guide

Helpful article? Leave us a quick comment below.
And please share this article within your social networks.

facebook linkedin pinterest

Amazon Affiliate Disclosure: LetsRenovate.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. The commission earnings are used to defray our cost of operation.

View our FTC Disclosure for other affiliate information.

Categories: Landscaping

About Author

LetsRenovate Admin

From the administrative staff at LetsRenovate.com. We hope you enjoy this article and the elements of the site. Please forward any suggestions or comments regarding the posting or other suggestions for improvement. We also operate other helpful guides in education, money, travel, and business. Visit our main site for address information. Thank you. Please share this site with friends and family.