(NewsUSA) - It's time to start heralding warmer temperatures by beautifying the backyard. So, don the appropriate layers, grab some tools and turn your backyard into something ideal for entertaining.
Families love to spend time outdoors -- especially if they have a pool, patio or deck -- so take the time to administer some TLC to the lawn, pool, patio and garden.
The following tips will help you get the most out of your backyard:
1. Grow some privacy. Depending on the size of your backyard, consider installing a fence, arbor, pergola, row of bushes, trees or hanging vines to shelter your property from the neighbors. This helps make gatherings more private and gives your lawn a "secret garden" feel. Plus, a fence, trellis or arbor can offer a wind-break and much-needed shade -- both of which can be key for pools. Flowering vines like trumpet vines, clematis or morning glory attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
2. Get cozy outdoors. If you have unused deck space, create a family-friendly area perfect for entertaining outdoors: cook-outs, lounging, games or parties. All you need is some inexpensive patio furniture -- clusters with chairs and a sofa -- and small tables for surface space. To make it really cozy, add some brightly colored throw pillows and potted plants.
3. Simplify pool maintenance. Family pools tend to make the best summer parties, but all investments include maintenance. Adding a pool cover can reduce pool heating costs by 50 to 70 percent. Or if your pool has problems with cloudy water or chlorine levels, get a solution that removes phosphate and many other unwanted contaminants for beautiful water that is easy to maintain and enjoy.
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