Spring is here and so too are the days we find ourselves wanting to spend our free time outdoors. If you have a backyard or outdoor living space, it can be as simple as stepping out your back door to get a little taste of fresh air and sunshine, but what if you don’t find yourself lured outside to use your yard? Maybe you’re even asking yourself why you have one, seeing as you’re never inclined to use it. Firstly, ask yourself why? Why don’t you utilize your outdoor living space? Secondly, ask yourself how? How can you start spending more time in your backyard?
Create a Comfortable Space
1. Bring in the furniture you’ll enjoy using! Chances are, you’ve overlooked just how important your outdoor furniture is to your comfort level, and in turn, the amount of use it’s going to get. Just like your favorite chair, or spot on the couch, the seating on your porch or backyard can make or break your experience of comfort.
Remember that your patio, porch, or lawn furniture might need added durability to withstand seasonal changes and the stresses of outdoor elements. Take steps to make certain your furniture is able to be enjoyed for many years to come.
2. Does it need an overhaul? Maybe small additives or changes to your yard haven’t made much of a difference for you. In such a case, it might be time to think bigger. Imagine your perfect outdoor space…what’s there? A natural pond? Do you envision a deck perfect for hosting outdoor gatherings? A firepit to warm the whole family on a brisk summer night? You might need to dream big to really get to the center of why you’re not excited to use your space. Plan for the future, or start a summer backyard overhaul today!
Taking Care of Your Lawn
How often do you look at the grass on your lawn and think, “this needs some serious sprucing up”? If it’s been a while since you’ve cared for your lawn, now’s your opportunity to show it some serious love.
1. Fix your grass! Is your yard more reminiscent of patchwork art than a grassy lawn? It might be time to give your lawn the proper nutrients to get it looking lusciously green again. Much like taking care of our own personal nutrition, your grass needs some dietary love too. Study up on fertilizers and find the techniques to keep your grass healthy for many seasons to come. Try…
- Aerating your lawn
- Watering your lawn deeply, but less often
- Cutting grass properly
- Using natural grass fertilizers
2. If you’d like to reap the benefits of a beautiful lawn but aren’t too keen on doing the yard work yourself, it might be time to seek out professional services. Yard work is an investment, but it doesn’t have to be an investment of your time if you don’t have any to spare.
Do Indoor Activities Outdoors
1. Get into the rhythm of doing your common indoor hobbies outdoors whenever possible. Start bright and early! If the weather’s agreeable, take your morning cup of joe out on your back porch. Begin to think of your backyard as an extension of your living room. Any activities you’d commonly do indoors, you can likely do outside just as well. Practice yoga on the grass, read a book in the shade of a tree, or listen to your favorite podcast while relaxing on your patio furniture.
2. Take on new hobbies. If you’re having trouble bringing your current hobbies outdoors try to find a new passion that will take you on an adventure in your own backyard.
- Grow a garden. Whether you choose to use a large portion of your yard to create a garden or only choose to plant in pots, gardening can be a useful and joyous hobby. Succulents are the perfect plant option for those of us who don’t have much of a green thumb.
- Although a garden adds a lovely aesthetic to any yard, maybe you’re more inclined to try your hand at growing fruits or veggies instead of standard plants. If you have space and the tenacity, try your hand at building an enclosed space for hearty fruits and vegetables. It’s a wonderful feeling to use the items you’ve grown in a dish for yourself or loved ones.
3. Make it a social environment. You’ve put in quite a bit of effort to make your backyard a space worth spending time in, so why not use this opportunity to brag about it while sharing it with others? A nice summer evening is a perfect opportunity to get all your loved ones together and enjoy each others company outside. Use a social gathering as an excuse to show off your newly manicured yard.
Your Backyard is an Extension
Remember that your home doesn’t necessarily stop because you step outdoors. Your home can be your entire property. Blend and blur your interiors with your exteriors, and increase your sense of “home” regardless of whether you’re inside or out. Take advantage of the space and make it work for you!