As summer rolls in, you’ll likely spend much more time outdoors. However, if your landscape looks a little lackluster after a long winter, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and make your outdoor space fit for entertaining. Simple additions or upgrades can help create a space where you can relax with friends and family. All Outdoors offers a few ways to revitalize the landscape without having to work overtime to afford it.
Start by Shopping Smart
If your deck or patio furniture has seen better days, replacing these large pieces is one of the fastest ways to revamp your space. Retailers like Overstock and Walmart likely have everything you need, including tables, chairs, loungers, umbrellas and all-weather rugs at a fraction of the price of a specialty shop. If you don’t mind some internet sleuthing ahead of time, you should be able to find online promotions or cashback offers from sites such as Retail Me Not to stretch your outdoor dollars even further.
Another idea is to shop at flea markets and thrift shops. Although this relies largely on luck, you can often find a great deal at mom-and-pop shops in the outlying areas of town.
DIY Your Decor
Just as important as your patio furniture, new outdoor decor can really update your space. If you’re crafty, you can probably think of 1,000 things that you would do if you only had time. Well, now is the perfect time to set aside a few hours on the weekend so you can get to work. One great idea is to create a tree stump planter. A drive through your neighborhood, especially after a storm, is an excellent way to gather the wood necessary. Most homeowners will be happy to let you haul away what you want for free once a tree has been cut down. For additional relaxation spaces, you can also make a decorative hammock out of an oversized beach towel.
Choose a Few Splurge-Worthy Items
Consider also investing in one or two pieces that will significantly add to your space. You don’t have to go overboard if you shop with specifics in mind. If you like to entertain regularly, an outdoor fridge or a wine chiller can be great additions. If you have a covered area, a wall-mounted TV can be perfect for watching games or an affordable soundbar can be an excellent choice if you don’t want to spring for an outdoor speaker system setup.
Skip the Expensive, Colored Mulch
There is no denying that a fresh layer of brightly colored mulch can add a pop of color to your lawn. However, it can get expensive fast if you have a large area that needs some attention. Instead, stick with simple pine straw mulch. While it’s not as flashy, pine straw is an exceptionally affordable alternative. If you only need enough for a small flower bed, All Outdoors installs pine straw bales for only $11 per bale.
Utilize Nature in Your Design
One of the least expensive ways to spruce up spaces of all sizes is to add flowers or privacy plants. Always check your local nurseries before the big box stores. Many will significantly mark down plants that don’t look as healthy as they could. You can even start many gorgeous, fast-growing plants from seeds to help cover things like an an outdated fence. Morning glories are a great example and will quickly climb a trellis or fence just in time for your midsummer barbecue. If you want beautiful flowers, but would rather have help planting, All Outdoors can provide seasonal flowers and planting with a package to fit anyone’s budget.
A little creativity and an eye for good deals will help you out this summer. You don’t have to toss your vacation fund away to create the perfect staycation-worthy area right in your own backyard.
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Thank you to guest blogger, Tina Martin from ideaspired.com for submitting this article to us!
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