Get your outdoor space ready for spring

Home Builder with Ideal Homes

We’re enjoying a beautiful spring here in the Oklahoma City area. Finally, the best part of the season has come, motivating many homeowners to take a fresh look at their great outdoors—and realizing maybe it’s not as great as it could be. Before Memorial Day launches you into outdoor entertaining, spend some time now and get your outdoor space ready for spring. Ideal Homes has a few suggestions to get it done.

Start with a clean canvas. Just like it’s hard to redecorate a room when it’s filled with furniture, you can’t get a clear vision of your yard’s potential when it’s cluttered and messy. If you haven’t already done so, remove your lawn art, pots, and containers. Push your outdoor furnishings to the side—unless you’re going to replace them; in that case, donate or discard them. Rake your yard, clean out the garden beds, and trim overgrown branches and shrubs. Pressure wash your patio, porch, and deck, and your home’s exterior, too.

Make a plan. Decide what you want to achieve with your outdoor space. More entertaining? More kid-friendly activities? A new garden? Do you want to add a water feature, even a pool? Make a list of your priorities so you can focus on meeting your most important goals and landscaping ideas.

Next, draw out a plan so you can begin to envision the outdoor living area improvements. Designate the areas you want for each purpose—like a play area in one space, a relaxing lounge area for mom and dad in another. This will help you see how each space works with the next. As you plan your outdoor space, pay attention to the shaded and sunny areas, so you can use them wisely.

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