As the weather warms up to springtime temperatures, more homeowners are gathering outside to enjoy the season. J-Tech understands the importance of spending time outdoors with friends and family, and this week we’re here to help you create the perfect patio space to do just that. By making these four changes to your outdoor patio, you can give your home the shift it needs to prepare for springtime.
Build your own fire pit
The best way to improve a patio for springtime is to create a central gathering area for the friends and family you invite into your home. Building a fire pit provides both warmth on the cold spring nights and activities when entertaining guests — who doesn’t love a good s’more? There are many different methods of installing a fire pit on your patio, from using complex stone patterns to simple dugout methods. The most common, long-lasting, and simple method is using a small number of stones and sand to create a simple round fire pit. Most fire pits are about 36-48 inches in diameter, however, when building your own fire pit, the possibilities are endless. Remember to have a metal covering for your fire pit to catch debris that may become a fire hazard.
Rockscape like a pro
When preparing your patio for an outstanding spring, sometimes it’s best to start from the ground up. This year, consider taking your patio and lawn up a level by implementing “rockscaping”. Use beautifully carved and finished rocks to create pathways, line garden beds, and add an extra earthy element to your patio. If you’re unsure of how to implement rock into your yard, consider beginning by sprinkling in traces of rock in pre-existing features. Consider adding rock elements to the fire pit you recently built, either by creating a rock platform or lining the top of the foundation with rock. Your old dog house can be revamped by attaching rock on the roof and walls to add a more natural appearance. While rock is typically more expensive than other landscaping options, it also proves far more durable. When installing rock in your backyard, you can rest easy knowing the rocks you lay today will stay in place for years to come.
Choose the right springtime plants
After installing your new rock features in your backyard, consider using plants, flowers, and gardens to help frame and define your patio and living spaces. By carefully choosing the right greenery, you can create the perfect aesthetic for any springtime patio. This year, plant snowdrop anemone in your yard for the perfect fragrance and festive colors. They grow best in full sun or part shade, and oftentimes experience a second bloom come fall. In addition to planting the right springtime greenery in your yard, educate yourself on the plants to avoid. If you love spending time with your dog or cat in the backyard, be aware of what plants are poisonous to animals. Avoid plants that can harm your dog or cat so that you can spend less time worrying about keeping them away from the landscaping and more time enjoying your new and improved backyard living.
Invite local birds to your patio
Our final recommendation for improving your backyard patio for spring is to invite more than just your friends and family to the party. Consider installing a bird feeder or two in your backyard to attract more birds and help birds survive. There are plenty of affordable options that require little to no installation hassle, however building a birdhouse can be a great family bonding experience and create a memorabilia that will last for years. There are plenty of ways to build a birdhouse that are far easier than most people might anticipate. However, be cautious when choosing to install a birdhouse in your backyard, as there are some downsides to bird feeders in addition to the benefits. For example, installing a bird feeder may attract unwanted pests. Expect to see an increase in squirrels, in addition to more hawks and cats spending quality time in your backyard. There are precautions you can take to minimize these invaders, so do your research on which feeders are least likely to allow easy access to squirrels, raccoons, opossums, and other animals.
After you implement these four improvements in your backyard, your patio is sure to be the hit of the season. All of these projects have many different methods and options, so be sure to do specific research before delving into your new patio improvements. If you have projects that need further help from the exterior experts, call J-Tech today! We’re here to help you with all of your needs.
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