Summer is a great time for getting outdoors. The shining sun, the cool breeze, the warm air, it all combines to make the perfect conditions for summer barbecues, afternoons by the pool, as well as quiet relaxation on the patio.
Unfortunately other things that come with the summer season include: sunburn, insects, uncomfortable humidity, and the occasional tropical-like storm.
For this week’s blog we’re going to talk about some of the best ways to get your patio ready for summer. So you can spend the warmer months enjoying time with friends, and lounging in comfort, rather than getting hot and bothered!
1. Place citronella candles around
Citronella candles are a great way to keep away pesky flies and insects, such as mosquitos. A couple of well placed candles can defend your outdoor area from a host of nasties, letting you enjoy your space without the buzzing and bites.
However, remember when using citronella candles to be wary of the open flames. Never leave candles unattended, and if possible keep them out of the reach of small children.
2. Hang some shade cloths
Ideal for keeping the hot sun at bay, shade cloths keep your deck or patio cool while also protecting you from harmful UV rays. They can also make for an excellent wind break and barrier in case of afternoon sun-showers.
For a natural, summer feel choose shade cloths in soft colours like sandstone, nutmeg or charcoal. These more neutral colors will complement the warmer weather and brighter days.
3. Add standing or hanging plants
A few standing or hanging plants can help to cool your patio in summer. They can also enhance your space’s ambience while providing shade and giving your patio that fresh scent of plants and nature.
As we’re entering the hotter months it’s important to choose plants that are hardy. The last thing you want is for your new plants to perish in the hot sun. To find out which plants grow best in your area, speak to the staff at your local nursery.
4. Prepare cool drinks
Staying hydrated is important in summer, especially for the kids. Cool lemonade or iced tea is also brilliant for sipping on a hot day. Even something as simple as chilled water with a few citrus or orange slices added can be wonderfully refreshing.
Many department and home-wares stores stock plastic jugs with sealable lids. These are the best way to store drinks. Simply make a big batch and place in the fridge for evenings after work, or for weekends spent enjoying the sun.
5. Have a roof installed
If you haven’t already had a roof installed atop your deck or patio area, now may be the time to do so. A quality patio roof is the best way to provide shade for your outdoor area, while creating shelter from rain and wind.
A roof stops your deck’s wooden flooring from becoming uncomfortably hot, and it cools your space by adding a significant amount of shade. It will also protect your deck and outdoor furniture from the scotching summer heat.
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