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6 Ways To Give Your Backyard A Glow Up: Your Checklist For The New Year

Published Date: Jan 3, 2024

The new year is a perfect chance to take stock of your surroundings and see how you can make the upcoming year your best yet. That includes your outdoors! The slowed down season of winter makes it a great time to toss out worn-out patio furniture, do some landscaping without worrying about bug bites, and set the stage for your best times outdoors.

As you’re setting goals for 2024, put refreshing your backyard on your to-do list. Use this quick checklist to get started on upgrading your outdoors to create an oasis friends and family can enjoy year after year.

1: Out With The Old, In With The New

paver patio with furniture

If your patio furniture has seen better days, it may be time for a refresh. Replace faded, weathered cushions and torn patio umbrellas to ensure your space is ready for max fun in the sun next season. This is your chance to go for a whole new look by choosing a fresh color scheme for your outdoor oasis. If your furniture is broken or falling apart, consider investing in durable, weather-resistant furniture that’s built to last while adding a modern look to your outdoors.

2. Power Up With A Power Wash

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Over the years dirt and grime can start to accumulate and make even the most beautiful surfaces look dull and faded. Give your hardscape surfaces a fresh start with a good power wash. It’ll remove built-up dirt, stains, moss, and mold while revealing the natural beauty of your outdoor space. You can rent a power washer at most hardware stores or they’re a relatively inexpensive purchase that allows you to blast away dirt and debris any time you get in the mood.

3. Add Ambiance After Hours

paver patio with lighting

Winter days can seem frightfully short. Maximize the amount of time you can enjoy your yard by illuminating your space with outdoor lighting. By stringing up lights, adding solar-powered garden lights, or having an outdoor lighting system professionally installed, you’ll turn your space into an inviting wonderland after sun set. As a bonus, you’ll enhance safety while showcasing your home’s true beauty after dark.

4. Think Green

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Your yard may be in full on winter mode and looking a bit bleak, but spring will be here before you know it. Even though many plants are dormant in winter, it’s still a great time to clean up your flower beds, add mulch, cut back ornamental grasses and perennials, and pull dead weeds. Not all plants should be pruned in the winter so be sure to check with your local garden center or read up on plants in your area to see which should be left alone and which are okay to trim.

5. Get Fired Up

fire pit

Give your loved ones a reason to get some fresh air this winter by adding a fire pit or fire bowl to your outdoor space. By adding a fire pit, you’ll create an outdoor spot for socializing and creating memories that can be used all year long. Or if you really want to go big, you can have a custom outdoor fireplace installed that will create a focal point for your yard while expanding your outdoor entertainment space. Whether you’re toasting marshmallows or raising a toast under the stars, you’ll find a crackling fire will help you make the most of your outdoors in any season.

6. Upgrade Your Outdoor Chef Setup

Outdoor kitchen with lights and built-in grills

Another stellar way to make the most of your outdoors during the winter and beyond is to create a grilling station or outdoor kitchen that adds lasting value to your home. By building a designated BBQ area or chef-worthy outdoor kitchen, you’ll turn your backyard into an inviting space that gets the whole family outside in any season. After all, nothing gets mouths watering more than the smell of smoked meat and sizzling kabobs on a chilly winter day!

Whatever you do, be sure to include the whole family in your outdoor refresh plans. By working together, you’ll get more done while incorporating everyone’s ideas for making the next year your family’s best one yet.

If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your outdoors, our professionals can get started on your project in as little as a week (depending on your HOA requirements). Book a complimentary design consultation to see how we can help unlock the full potential of your yard this winter and for years to come.

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