4 Backyard Upgrades To Tackle This Summer

An awesome outdoor space is usually high on the wish list of homebuyers. Make your home irresistible to them – and yourself – with these backyard upgrades.

Add a deck or patio. Every backyard needs some sort of gathering space – even if it’s tiny. Building a deck from wood or composite or a small stone patio gives the perfect platform for outdoor living.

Add landscaping features. The best part of having an outdoor space is that it brings you closer to nature. So celebrate nature with a beautiful flowerbed or a tasty herb garden. And if you have the space to add in a small water feature, consider doing so as the sound of running water is soothing and can block out the noises of your neighbourhood.

Add outdoor lighting. If you’ve ever seen photos of a backyard space strung with twinkle lights you know it just looks like a place you want to hang out. Aside from string lights, outdoor pendant lights and sconces are two more great ways the add a warm glow to your evening outdoor events.

Add an outdoor fireplace. Depending on the size of your yard and the building codes where you live, you may be able to install an outdoor fireplace. Not only does it make chilly summer nights cozier, it also extends the summer into fall as you can stay outside even as the temperatures begin to drop.


Improve The Flow Of Your Space With These 3 Tips

Did you know a messy home can impact your mental state? If you’ve ever lived amongst a mess – as most of us have – you’ve likely noticed that it can downright ruin your day. But mess isn’t just crayons on the floor and dog hair on the couch, it also can be the way your furniture is arranged or how many knickknacks you own. Decluttering and rearranging your interior spaces can go a long way to setting your mind at ease, boosting your mood and opening yourself up to increased creativity and productivity. Here are three tips to follow in order to create an organized and open feeling home.

1. Keep pathways clear. Think about how you move about your home. Is there a chair you always have to go around? Is your coffee table perhaps a bit too big for your living room? Sometimes we place furniture where we think it looks best without giving thought to how it changes the flow of a space.

2. Get rid of countertop clutter. It often feels handy to have commonly used items left out so we can grab them when need be. But constant clutter is one thing that can nag in the back of our minds, so buy some baskets or reorganize your drawers and tuck all of those objects away.

3. Avoid blocking windows, even partially. If your curtains don’t fully open, invest in a wider curtain rod so you can push them past the window’s frame. It may seem like a small detail, but us humans thrive in sunlight and can use every last drop of it. Of course, when the weather permits open the curtains and the windows to let the fresh air come pouring in!


5 Fragrant Trees For Your Yard

If you’re thinking of adding a tree or two to your yard this summer, you should check out these fragrant beauties!

1. Apple Tree. A classic spring flowering tree that produces one of the tastiest fruits come fall. Depending on the variety you grow, your tree could end up only 8 feet tall or as tall as 30 feet.

2. Crabapple Tree. While crabapples are edible, though much more tart than their larger cousins, crabapple trees are more often grown for their explosive flowers, which appear in early spring. Height ranges from 7 to 20 feet.

3. Golden Chain Tree. Growing 12 to 30 feet tall, the Golden Chain rewards each spring with a brilliant show of yellow flowers that are gone almost as quickly as they arrive – but the short display is so worth it.

4. Purple Leaf Sandcherry. A tall shrub known for its purple leaves and sweetly fragrant white flowers, which bloom mid-spring. Grows up to 10 feet high. An excellent small tree for tighter spaces.

5. Silk Tree. Pink flowers appear later than most flowering trees, in June and July and this tree reaches 20 to 40 feet in height at maturity

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