Memorial Day weekend will be here soon, and with it, is the unofficial kickoff to summer gatherings, grilling season and more time spent outdoors. Whether you live in a subdivision or out in the country, The Grounds Guys has tips to help you expand your living space to enjoy the outdoors.
Patios and Decks
Patios and decks can help homeowners take entertaining, cooking and relaxation activities from inside the house to the great outdoors.
Outdoor living spaces are popular and can even increase your property value. You have to first select the aesthetics you are aiming for to decide if a concrete, stone paver or brick patio suits your needs or if the natural appearance of wood or composite decking are for you.
Once you have your foundation with a patio or deck, you can personalize the space with the following additions:
- Add plants, flowers or greenery.
- Consider a vine-friendly trellis or utilize a privacy screen to seclude you from your neighbors
- An awning or pergola provides shade to make the space comfortable during hot summer days
Fire Pits and Fireplaces
Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces come in a wide variety of options from portable, store-bought or hardscape features installed on your own, or by a professional. Your best bet is to first check with the local fire department or fire marshal to ensure outdoor fire pits and fireplaces are approved for your yard.
You have several material options – ranging from copper fire pits to brick and everything in between. Having an outdoor fire is a great way to extend your time outdoors by providing heat when nighttime temperatures dip.
We can’t mention fire though, without providing a few fire safety tips to keep in mind. Always make sure fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are not located near low-hanging trees or structures.
The reasons for adding a retaining wall to a landscape range from preventing soil erosion and flooding to adding visual appeal with a raised garden.
Common retaining wall materials include:
- Natural rocks
The DIY model of building a retaining wall is extremely labor-intensive. For those with the tools, time and ability, check out our instructions to build a retaining wall as well as signs that repairs are needed.