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Your Guide to a Great Outdoor Living Space

Phil Myers - Friday, May 29, 2015


It’s hard to believe that spring is finally here! Gone are the heavy coats, boots, and need for hot chocolate (well for most of us). Now it’s time for the sounds of singing birds, lawn mowers and children playing happily outside.

Now is also the time to get your outdoor living spaces ready to celebrate upcoming warm weather holidays. Here are 5 tips that hopefully will help you get your outdoor spaces ready to enjoy the summer months.

Check the Deck
The deck is going to get a lot of traffic as the weather begins to warm up. As the primary outdoor living space for most families the deck needs to be in tip top shape to withstand the activity of the upcoming months. 

Repair - Decks are exposed to the outdoor elements and will need repair after some time. Check your deck for loose nails, water damaged boards, and any loose railings that could result in unsafe conditions.

Refresh - Most decks need to be painted or stained every 1-2 years. If you use a high quality stain with a sealant it will reduce the amount of coats you need to put on the deck.

Decorate - Lights are a great way to add a festive feeling to your deck area. There are a plethora of lighting to choose from such as lanterns, stringed lights, outdoor sconces and more to create the ambiance you are looking for. Add potted plants and fresh cushions to your outdoor furniture.

Prepare the Lawn
The lawn is going to get a lot of traffic as the weather warms up from kids, to pets and outdoor parties. It’s critical that your lawn is beautiful, healthy and inviting for those warm days that just beg you to go outside and frolic on the grass!

Remove - Remove any debris like fallen branches, old weeds and leaves from around shrubs and gardens.

Repair - During the long winter season your lawn might end up with bare patches where snow and last year’s fall leaves piled up. Start by mowing your lawn to prepare it for spring renewal. Haul away clippings and dethatch the lawn by removing any dead vegetation and grass.

Renew - Now that things are cleaned and mowed it’s time to aerate the lawn and break up the dirt on any dead spots. Now you add herbicide to appropriate areas. If you are planning to sow new grass seeds wait until you have mowed new grass for times before adding a weed preventer.

Prepare the Grill
The grill is another essential part to the spring and summer. Warm nights encourage us to go outside and grill up meat and veggies for dinner opposed to staying indoors.
Get your grill ready for another year with these steps.

Clean - Clean your grill with a powerful degreaser to remove old food, grease and dirt with a wire brush. Wear rubber gloves and protective eye gear to protect yourself while cleaning.

Check - Inspect your grill for missing screws, pieces, and rusty areas. Check your propane tank thoroughly as well as all of the fittings and hoses for leaks. Resolve any burner issues as well.

Prep - You can choose to season your grill after the heavy degreasing has been done and baking the grill in the oven. Make sure that you preheat your grill before each use to prevent your meat from sticking to the grates on the grill.

Light it Up
As summer days get hotter and longer the evening is a great time to entertain and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Make sure that you have adequate lighting around the outside of your home for obvious safety reasons. Make sure that you check your lighting around:
  • Walkways
  • General seating areas
  • Areas of play
  • Any social settings that are further from the house
  • Pools
  • Stairways

 

Looking to update your outdoor living space with green materials? Contact Phil Myers Custom Homes today.

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