We are right in the middle of fall, the favorite time of year for many, to be sure. Sure, the weather is crisp and cool, but in no way are you ready to give up the time you spend in your backyard. It’s essential to think about all of the things you enjoy about spending time outdoors in the fall. Homeowners like you are thinking about landscape elements that will enhance their outdoor space and make their backyard a cozy place to be in the crisp fall weather. Some landscape elements to consider include covered patios, outdoor cooking areas, and fire pits to keep you and your guests warm while sipping hot beverages and discussing the latest Netflix series. If this sounds a lot like what you would enjoy, perhaps it is time to give your Boulder Landscaping company a call.
Enhance Your Outdoor Space With These Landscaping Ideas
The Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors
It might be getting a little cooler outside, but that does not mean you should simply curl up under a blanket and flop on the couch. There are plenty of studies that show the benefits of being outside, and the more time you spend in your backyard, the better you are sure to feel. So turn up the fire pit, put on a flannel shirt, and head out to your patio.
Spending time outside is a great way to improve your mood. People tend to get quite cranky if they are spending too much time indoors. So if you are feeling down, spend some time on your patio surrounded by the vivid colors of fall and the natural surroundings that awe you and boost your mood.
If you are like most working-class people, you spend a good portion of your day staring at a screen. Whether it is your computer monitor, a laptop, or a smartphone, many of us spend hours looking at a screen, which overstimulates the eyes and causes problems. By simply walking outside, sitting on your patio, and watching the trees sway in the light breeze, you get a chance to relax your eyes and focus on what is important in life.
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the health benefits of spending time outdoors. And you will appreciate that time even more by adding a few elements to your yard. Here are a few additions that will enhance your fall experience in your backyard.
Fire pits are perfect for backyard get-togethers, and they add value to your home and make it more attractive to buyers should you ever decide to sell. And fall is the perfect time of year to have one installed and enjoy all of the benefits.
The obvious benefit of a fire pit is that it adds warmth to your patio, which is perfect when the weather is cool and crisp. However, while fire pits do a great job keeping you and your guests warm, they are also a great way to illuminate your patio. This is especially critical in the fall when it gets dark so early in the evening.
A fire pit is the perfect element to set the mood for your social gathering. There is no doubt about it; a fire pit creates a relaxing atmosphere that reduces anxiety and stress. Think about it; sitting around a fire in the evening is something our species has been doing for thousands of years.
A fire pit on your patio or deck will create a natural focal point. For example, instead of having random chairs scattered all over your patio or deck, you can arrange them around the fire pit for an effective layout that looks organized.
You likely already have a deck or patio that has extended your living space beyond the interior of your home. But that is just not quite enough, especially when you must deal with the elements. In the fall, you can expect the occasional light rain, which can dampen an otherwise wonderful evening under the stars. Not only does a pergola further extend your outdoor space, but it will also help increase the amount of time you spend in your backyard.
A basic pergola offers a little protection from the elements; it provides shade in the daytime, to be sure. But a pergola with a retractable shade or other roof material will provide additional protection. In addition, the light rains we often see in the fall will not ruin an evening outside should you utilize a pergola.
In addition to protecting you from the elements, a pergola is a great way to ensure your privacy. One of the downsides to spending an evening outside is the lack of privacy. Because you are out in the open, your activities can be seen by neighbors or people simply passing by. But a pergola offers a way in which you can ensure that your social gathering is as private as possible.
Obviously, outdoor lighting is a welcome element when the sun goes down, and darkness descends. But there are several other advantages to having outdoor lighting installed in the fall. The most significant benefit is that outdoor lighting is aesthetically pleasing, and it elegantly enhances your landscaped features as well as your home.
But outdoor lighting also serves as a deterrent to potential intruders who are certainly unwelcome on your property. Security lighting does not have to be bright and harsh to be effective; lights of any type can chase away intruders. This is especially important in the fall, when it gets dark far too early, giving intruders the cover they need to sneak onto your property.
An outdoor kitchen is a treat any time of the year, but it is a welcome addition to your outdoor space in the fall. Stoop and think about the social gathering you host in the fall; most of them benefit from appetizers and other good food. Can you imagine having friends over for a college football game, go Buffs, or perhaps a get-together for a World Series game, and you can do all of the prep and cooking right on your patio or deck? That’s right; you don’t have to be isolated in the kitchen making food while everybody else is outdoors.
If you have never noticed before, cooking a meal in your kitchen really warms the place up. The heat that permeates from the oven kicks up the temperature inside the house. And while your outdoor kitchen oven won’t necessarily raise the temperature, it still creates a warm and cozy atmosphere for people to enjoy.
Don’t Let Weather Dictate Your Outdoor Activities
Investing in any of these landscape upgrades is sure to make your time spent outside in the fall more enjoyable. With the joy and benefits of being outside, you want to extend the time you spend on your patio or deck for as long as you can. After all, in a short period of time, we will be dealing with frigid temperatures and snow, a bad combination for those who like to be outside. The time is now to contact us about ways in which we can improve your outdoor space this fall.