Summer is almost here and it's time to get your backyard and other outdoor spaces ready for barbecues or nighttime get-togethers.
While not everyone may have an expansive backyard or a spacious deck or patio, everyone with an outdoor space can benefit from making simple changes or additions. In fact, it doesn't have to take much to transform your outdoors from "Meh..." to "Ahhh..."
One of the challenges for people who do have outdoor spaces around their homes is keeping them cleaned and clear of junk and broken items. This can be especially true if you have kids and dogs!
Not only is it an eyesore, it can be a safety hazard for you, your family, and your guests. Not only that, it can make maintaining your lawn and landscaping difficult when you must work around piles of junk, trash and other debris.
Get Ready to Enjoy Your Backyard Space
Regardless of the size of your outdoor space, it can be a place to relax and entertain friends and family. Maybe you have a patio or a deck that opens out to a fenced in yard. Or perhaps you live in a more rural setting and your backyard borders an open pasture or field.
Whatever the size and whatever the shape, your outdoor space can be a relaxing oasis set off from the noise and bustle of the street.
We've scouted around the Internet to help you with some summer tips for enhancing your outdoor space, whether it's a traditional backyard, a side yard, or even a small, concrete patio or deck.
Typically, sprucing up your outdoors has a lot to do with amenities, lighting and sound.
Cool Stuff to Have
Seating is important because no one wants to stand around all afternoon or night, no matter how nice your yard it. According to TheNest.com,
"The right seating for your outdoor living space can make all the difference. Big spaces can handle the bulk look of a farmhouse table, a custom built bench or an outdoor sectional. In smaller spaces, try brightly colored wicker chairs, or a small bench with bright throw pillows to help make the space feel more open."
And from Australia, the website of HomeBeautiful offers Ideas to add color and style into your outdoor spaces:
- Put outdoor cushions on your furniture
- Use statement pots and plants to add personality
- Paint your fence, veranda or pergola for a fresh new season look
- Add an outdoor rug to demarcate zones for relaxation and entertaining
Lighting It Up
Outdoor lighting is probably the easiest and most impactful way to transform your space. Here's advice from TheNest.com when it comes to lighting,
"The easiest way to dress up your outdoor living space and still make a big impact is with lighting. There are many options to choose from depending on your space and your style. String lights work really well for small patios, but look great in any outdoor space."
When it comes to the value of creative outdoor lighting, the folks at HomeBeautiful agree,
"The easiest way to add ambiance and a party atmosphere to your space is with fairy lights or string lights. Use one long strand to light up your patio area, or connect multiple strands for a dramatic atmosphere throughout the whole garden."
Things You Can Make
An outdoor beverage area can be a great option to a full outdoor kitchen, and easy to make yourself. A post at ThePorch.com notes,
"If you'd love an outdoor kitchen, but don't have the space, get the best of both worlds with a cute beverage station. Make over an old bar cart, repurpose an unused dresser, or use an few old crates or pallets. The possibilities are endless!"
Depending on where you live, a fire pit can be a welcome addition in the evenings. These can be purchased or you can make your own. Here's what one source has to say about fire pit additions:
"The campfire has been a focal point of gathering for family and friends since the beginning of time. It’s the place for relaxing conversation, toasted marshmallows, ghost stories, and laughing. The campfire is a beacon that draws us together.
A fire pit can add beauty, warmth, and light to your outdoor living area—enhancing the space in a way that you can enjoy it to the fullest. The ambiance of the fire will make your outdoor meals, lounging, or entertainment even better."
The Soothing Sounds of Water and Music
There's nothing quite like listening to your favorite tunes on the patio or deck while having a barbecue with your best friends on a hot summer day. Unless it's the calming sounds of a backyard or patio water feature.
Perhaps having both might be a good combination!
Outdoor music can be had using speakers that operate with Bluetooth technology, or with the more "old school" option of wired speakers. If you opt for the latter it might be best to delegate the set-up and installation to a pro, however.
Water features can run the gamut from small, stand-alone fountains to artificial streams complete with waterfalls and arched bridges.
Again, depending on the complexity and size, getting professional help is advisable for installing your water feature.
Clean It Up and Keep It clean
The last thing you want after working hard at upgrading and sprucing up your backyard is to have piles of debris still sitting around. As we noted earlier in this post, not only is the junk unsightly, it can be a potential hazard.
Good news! If you have more debris than you can haul away yourself, or you don’t want to haul it out yourself, there is an affordable and easy option.
Hiring a professional waste removal company to pick it up and haul it away is the best way to go.
At Junk King we routinely haul almost all types of yard debris, including branches, clippings, stumps, soil and more. We specialize in removing and hauling all types of debris from residential landscaping and home improvement projects.
Your Best Choice for Yard Waste Removal
Once you decide to outsource the trash and junk hauling part of your backyard project, you need to decide which firm is the right one for the job, which is easy since Junk King really is the firm of choice.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly residential and yard waste disposal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your project is complete. Our experienced debris removal team will break down and haul off any types of yard waste you have.
Our professional and insured yard waste removal team will show up at your home and we call 15 minutes before we arrive on site. Once there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck. You simply point and we'll haul the debris away with no hidden fees.
Ready to get rid of your yard waste? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. Make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).