Summer is right around the corner, which means it is time to get your yard ready for the season. A patio is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the weather and rejuvenation of the summer months. Before you can enjoy this oasis, it is important to do the necessary prep work to get it ready for entertaining. Here are three tips to help guide you as you prepare your patio for the long summer days and warm evenings of the season.
Nothing spruces up a patio quite as brightly as a cornucopia of flowering plants and bushes. However, this is not a task that you can put off for later. If you want to enjoy the best blooms of the season, the prep work and planting must be done in advance. Make sure that your watering systems are up to handling the task before you plant your garden. Shade can be created with an arch of roses. Or add depth and light with outdoor mirrors that reflect your colorful blooms. Remember that large plant pots create the biggest impact, but it is also a good idea to vary the sizes and colors when looking to create a bold look.
Prep Your Furniture
In order to fully enjoy the beauty of your patio, it needs to be outfitted with appropriate and comfortable furniture. When picking outdoor gear, be careful. Furniture covers should be chosen based on the environment, and not as a one-size-fits-all solution. Be sure to do your research so that you select the best material for your particular climate. If your patio is covered, you may be able to get away with using some types of indoor furniture outside. Be sure to use suitable coverings during inclement weather.
Give it a Deep Clean
Just like your house, your patio needs to be given a thorough cleaning each year. A deep spring cleaning is ideal because it will strip away the harsh elements of winter and prepare the patio for summer entertaining. A power washer is a great way to scrub away dirt and grime that has collected over the fall and winter. Wood or composite decks and patios should be cleaned with a solution appropriate for the material.
With a little elbow grease and attention to detail, you can have your patio sparkling in no time. Harness the best parts of the summer season by enjoying the fruits of your labor on your patio.
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