Weekly Tip for April 24: Make Your Yard This Summer’s Paradise

<span>Weekly Tip for April 24:</span> Make Your Yard This Summer’s Paradise
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    Summer is almost here, which means it’s the perfect time to increase the amount of time you spend outdoors.

    Hanging out outside is good for both your mind and your body, but if your yard isn’t both comfortable and entertaining, you’ll find yourself running back inside to central air and electronics.


Here are some fun projects and additions to your yard to keep you out in the fresh air!


If you’re going to be outside, you have to have some place to sit! Of course, you could just get some plastic patio chairs, but you’re more creative than that! Why not build a bend for your year or deck? You can add cushions when it’s in use, and change up the color and patterns with your other décor.

Another great outdoor seating option is a porch swing. You can buy premade porch swings or make on yourself, from scratch or a kit. Kids will have a blast, and you’ll love swinging back and forth in nice spring breezes with a good book.

Speaking of reading outdoors, if you’re a bookworm, there’s only one thing better than reading the afternoon away on your couch. Reading the afternoon away in a hammock is the best way to spend a lazy summer afternoon. The best part about hammocks is that your options are virtually endless. You can build a hammock stand with a thick canvas hammock, or you could string up a rope hammock between two trees. Check out this guide to your many options for how to hang your hammock.

Cooling Elements

Make your yard a cool paradise with some careful planning and clever installations. Of course, one of the biggest things you can do to keep your yard cool is to provide plenty of shade. Plant trees around the perimeter of your yard and near your seating areas. Make sure any patio tables have nice pig umbrellas to keep food and people out of direct sunlight. If you’re really ambitious, you can build a gazebo or other shelter to hang out in.

You can also cool down your yard by adding water features. Fountains are great visual features, but they also offer a place for guests to dip their hands for temporary relief. And if a slight breeze happens by, the surround area will be cooler than the rest of the yard.

Fire Pits

Now that we’ve talked about water, let’s get to fire! Summer is hardly summer without a couple of nights sitting around a fire pit roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. Like with seating, you can go as DIY (or not) as you want when installing a fire pit. If you want to keep it in one place, you can easily build a fire pit with nothing but bricks and a shovel. Of course, if you want it to be more permanent, you should use some mortar to keep the bricks together. Definitely do this if you have kids or anyone who will be running around near the fire (not recommended).

If you want a more portable fire pit, you can of course buy one at any home and garden store. What you may not know is how ornate your options can get. Add elegance to any patio or deck with beautiful fire pit tables. If you have a gas fireplace or pit, increase the reflection and vibrancy of your flame with colored fire glass. This glass is tempered specifically not to melt or explode with heat.

There are a lot of great ways to make your yard your second living room for the summer. Whether you want to go all out outdoor-renovation, or get a little more help from pre-made features, your summer guests will be impressed by how you put it all together, and how comfortable your yard has become.

Information credited to Jeriann from dairyairhead.com. Check her out on twitter!

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