Prepping Your Outdoor Space for Spring

As the weather warms up and you shift from indoor cocktail parties to outdoor BBQ’s, tidying up your space outside becomes a top priority. Whether you’re looking to make just a few adjustments or are in need of a major turnaround, use these tips to get your outdoor space in order this spring.

Re-touch the deck

Over the course of a harsh winter, your deck is naturally going to get a few nicks and bruises. Though it may seem hardly noticeable from day to day, the gradual wear and tear has likely taken a toll. To restore the liveliness of your deck, have it pressure washed and re-finished. Whether you decide to make it a solo project, or hire someone to do it, you’ll give yourself some space to enjoy your time with friends and family outside .

Carve out shady spots

While enjoying time out in the sun is a staple of springtime, having some space to relax in the shade is just as important. If you’re lacking natural shade from tree and bush cover, consider crafting out shady spots in your yard without the fear of splinters. Outdoor umbrellas make for a great, quick way to make some shade. If you’d like even more shady space, a pergola or a canopy will fit perfectly over a patio to let just the right amount of sun in.

Make some privacy

If your yard is left exposed to neighbors or if it is facing a busy road, making your space more private can be easily achieved in a number of ways. Most commonly, a high wooden fence will easily do the trick to create that added bit of seclusion. If you have a big, open yard, and prefer a more natural look, having greenery planted will certainly add some privacy to your space. There are a few ways to go about this. Hedges, for example, have been adding privacy to outdoor spaces for centuries, and still continue to do so. Unfortunately, a lot of work and patience is necessary to grow and maintain them, so be mindful of the labor necessary before making the investment.

Lighten up your night

Don’t let a sunset send your party inside. Install some lights outside to make it easy to spend time outside in the night time. Investing in tiki torches or an outdoor fireplace will make for a great way to provide light and naturally keep bugs from bothering you. Otherwise, invest in some solar powered lights to brighten walking paths and try accenting your deck or pergola with string lights to keep things illuminated when it’s dark out.

Update your furniture

If you’ve been using the same furniture outside for a while, it might be time to look at some new furniture. Though designed to be outside, your furniture has likely had to withstand a decent amount of wear and tear over the years and might have taken more damage than you realize. Try to keep an eye out for things that need to be replaced, or at least restored, before having guests over.

Hosting this spring is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, and with a few touch-ups outside, you’ll be having guests over in a place for everyone to enjoy.


Need some other home improvement ideas for spring? Try these gardening tipsand organization hacks!

A Garden To Root For

Spring is the best time to flex your green thumb, but if you don’t know where to start, this guide will lay down the blueprint for just how to grow your very own indoor and outdoor gardens. 

Indoors:

Nothing elevates a spring meal like some fresh herbs—all the better if those, too, are homegrown. An indoor garden can also double as decor by adding some greenery to your kitchen. Here are some tips to bring out your inner gardener. 

Everyone knows that for plants to grow, they need sunlight—especially indoor plants. If your kitchen isn’t in a sunny spot, then you may need to find another area for your herb garden to grow. Set up a table close to a window that gets a lot of light throughout the day. Planting your herbs in separate containers is crucial to making sure they grow successfully. This also ensures that if one plant dies, it doesn’t affect the others. Besides lighting and proper planting, watering correctly is one of the most vital aspects to caring for your indoor garden. Herbs, unlike most plants, don’t need to be regularly watered. Overwatering can damage herbs, so make sure you read up on what you’re planting to learn how often you should water them.From aromatic florals to hearty vegetables, an outdoor garden comes in many forms.

Outdoors:

From aromatic florals to hearty vegetables, an outdoor garden comes in many forms.

HERBS AND VEGGIES 
Soil is important when it comes to growing a successful outdoor garden because of the elements. It may be useful to get a soil thermometer so you can keep track of the temperature. The ideal soil temperature for the most common veggies will be around 70 degrees. Depending on what you’re planting, the type of soil will differ. For a vegetable garden, you should use compost soil or something similar, and avoid heavy soil. Remember to regularly water and remove weeds from your garden.

FLOWERS 
When it comes to flowers, you have to decide between perennials and annuals. You can choose to plant both, but keep in mind that each requires various types of care. Perennials are long-term plants—the roots are there to stay and bloom year after year. Annuals are short-term flowers and need to be planted each year. As new bulbs are growing, make sure to water them frequently. Once the roots grow in, a watering schedule is then contingent on humidity and rain regularity: the more humid and rainy your area is, the less you have to water, and vice versa. 

A well-cared-for garden adds color to your home and will up your curb appeal, making your home the one to envy throughout the neighborhood.

VEGGIE GROWING CHEAT SHEET
Here’s a downloadable cheat sheet for some of the most popular veggies and how to care for them, which will help you know what these vegetables need for optimal growth.

Share this indoor and outdoor garden guide with your aspiring green-thumbed friends.