As winter approaches, most people tend to head indoors and stay there. They might forget about their backyards until the warm weather returns. However, this space can still be useful both to entertain and enjoy for personal use. It might take a little extra work, but you’ll be grateful all winter long that you took the time to make it nice.
Often, you only want to buy one set of outdoor furniture that can be used both in summer and winter. However, the winter also brings some very harsh weather, and protecting your furniture becomes a concern. There are a couple of ways you can address this. For some furniture, you can apply a sealant that will help to protect it from the cold and other weather conditions. Another option is to invest in teak furniture. This type of wood is known to be very weather resistant. It is strong, less likely to rot, and even less likely to splinter. It can last quite a long time while still looking beautiful. As you get your furniture ready for winter, you can also purchase some heated cushions for added comfort.
Provide Your Patio Cover
One of the main barriers to enjoying your backyard in the winter is the inclement weather. To get around this, provide some sort of cover for your patio. This cover can help to protect against snow and rain. It can work to keep the heat in so you can enjoy your time outside. A cover is also a great way to admire the falling snow while staying perfectly comfortable. There are several types of covers you can choose from. Some provide just a basic shelter while others may have walls or screens as well. Make sure it is a temporary cover since you’ll want to enjoy the sun once summer hits.
Get an Outdoor Heater
Along with a cover, you should invest in some outdoor heaters. These can help to make your space more comfortable in the colder months. You could even get a fire pit as these provide warmth and they are also great for entertaining. Whatever type of heating you get, you should be aware of your propane usage. It’s best to own your own propane tanks if you use them a lot. You should also make sure you have plenty of propane before you invite others over as you wouldn’t want to run out and have to cut your outdoor gathering short.
As fall turns to winter, the sun will begin to set earlier. Because of this, you’ll want to invest in some lighting for your backyard. You can keep it simple with some string lights or you can try some other creative options. Some popular choices include spotlighting trees and lighting pathways. To set the mood, you might want to try colored lights you can control with an app. Overall, lighting helps to make your backyard more inviting. Whatever form of lighting you choose, make sure it is protected from the elements. Keep them covered whether it’s by an awning, furniture, or other means.
In the summertime, you have many plants and flowers that decorate your backyard and add to the overall atmosphere. However, in winter your options are limited. Without any kind of decoration, your backyard can become bare and uninviting. There are plenty of ways you can address this. You can pick an overall theme for your backyard and decorate for the whole season. Some options to consider include buying blankets and pillows for your outdoor furniture. These can add both style and comfort for you and your guests. You can purchase an outdoor rug and perhaps some on-theme signs and other decorations to liven up your backyard. If you choose, you can even decorate for different holidays. This gives you a multitude of options and allows you to keep your space festive.
Invest in a Hot Tub
One way you can enjoy your backyard all year long is to install a hot tub. Relaxing in a hot tub gives you the feeling of being in a mountain spa. The warm water is a wonderful escape from the cold air and it has many other benefits. The water can also help open up your pores and even give you relief from colds (which are common in the winter months). Before installing, make sure you have a flat spot of ground. You should be aware of how your hot tub will be powered and what its exposure to the elements will be. You want to keep it properly sheltered.
Another way you can turn your backyard into a space that is used year-round is to cook outdoors. An example of this is building a clay or brick oven. These ovens are great for firing pizzas, as well as cooking many other foods. They have high heat (which is a plus for winter) and take less energy and cook time. Outdoor ovens can create a great opportunity to socialize. Instead of being stuck in the kitchen while you cook, you can be surrounded by your guests as the meal is prepared. As a final bonus, an outdoor oven will give you an excuse to use your backyard more often.
Plant Coniferous Trees
As you attempt to weatherproof your space, you might want to think about planting some coniferous trees. These trees can help block the wind, which is usually one of the main sources of discomfort in the winter. Coniferous trees are also green all year long. While most other plants are dead or dormant during the winter, these trees will add some life and color to the backyard. To top it off, they also provide more privacy for your backyard making it even easier to enjoy this space year-round.
Whether it’s protecting against the elements or adding a sense of atmosphere, there is plenty you can do to make your backyard a space to be used all year. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to stay inside.
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