Light It Up
With the right lighting, you can show off your yard long after the sun goes down. Before you install outdoor lighting, it’s important that you assess your lighting needs. Maybe your yard could benefit from extra lighting to increase outdoor safety by lighting up dark parts of your yard or illuminating walkways to prevent falls. Perhaps you’d like to boost your curb appeal or add decorative lighting for outdoor gatherings with path lights, tree lights, or accent lights. When it comes to lighting, you have plenty of options, such as:
- Floodlights – light up large areas and are an easy way to add security and protection from prowlers
- Landscape lights – small lights used to illuminate flowers/greenery, architecture, pathways, and outdoor areas
- Motion sensor lights – add an extra layer of security and alert you to any movement in your yard, whether a person or animal
- Spotlights – used to illuminate doors, flagpoles, fixtures, and details using a direct beam of light
You might also consider adding a fun touch with some of these DIY lighting options courtesy of Buzzfeed, such as string lights, mason jar lights, or hanging tea lights.
Once you get your yard looking nice, it’s obvious that the next step is to start spending time outside or host a summer party. However, pesky mosquitos and ticks can quickly bring an end to the summer fun, making your yard a den of misery rather than relaxation. To prevent mosquitos, make sure there isn’t any standing water in your yard (it only takes a thimble full to start a breeding ground). Install candles and lanterns with citronella, lemongrass, or chrysanthemum scents to draw mosquitoes away from food and your exposed skin. You can even install mosquito-repelling lights such as sodium lamps or LED lights. As for other pests, such as ticks, ants, and spiders, take the time to trim bushes and trees and remove debris piles before pests have time to set up shop. If the pests are really becoming a problem, you might consider having a pest-control service come in to spray your yard. Be sure to ask about organic treatment options that are non-toxic and safe for children and pets.
The hot summer days are here to stay, so make sure your yard is ready to beat the heat. Crank up the lawn mower, add lighting, and get rid of pesky bugs for a yard that not only looks nice but feels nice too. Summer barbeque, yes, please.