Maintaining your lawn all spring, summer and fall can seem like a real drag, especially when winter comes around and sets you back to square one every year. All of the landscaping, mowing, trimming, weeding, and sowing you did during the year starts to wither away with the first big freeze, and it’s all downhill from there.
But if you have lawn withdrawal in the colder months, we’ve got a treat for you today. Here are five simple ways you can set yourself up to enjoy your lawn year-round, and especially when the temperature starts to drop.
Add Propane Heaters or a Fire Pit
One of the easiest ways you can continue to enjoy your yard in the winter months is by adding a heat source to take away the chill. Install some propane heaters or a stone fire pit on your patio, or any other big open space in your yard, and set up some seating around these new heat sources. Then layer up, grab a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa, and sit outside with family and friends. If you opt for the fire pit, you can even still make s’mores and other campfire goodies.
Invest in Bird Feeders or a Water Bath
Lots of birds migrate south to be warmer for the winter, but not all of them. If you want to keep your yard feeling lively in the winter, put up some bird feeders and keep them full all winter long. With food scarce, you’ll be surprised how many birds end up visiting your lawn – and you can view them from outside or within the comfort of your home.
Install a Hot Tub on a Screened-In Patio
Hot tubs can be high maintenance, and a little pricey, but all that will seem worth it when you step out onto your screened-in porch in the middle of February and take a dip in that steamy water. A hot tub can be a great way to relax and kick that seasonal affective disorder to the curb, so consider this option if you’ve got a little bit of money to invest in a new project that you’ll benefit from for years to come.
Hang Garden Lanterns
Winter days aren’t just colder – they’re shorter too! It can seem awfully dreary to leave for work in the dark and then come home to… more darkness. If you want to add a little light to your life, consider hanging up some garden lanterns around your yard – they can quickly add some bright and festive cheer to this otherwise dull season.
Add Some Color
A lot of plants can’t handle the winter chill, but there are definitely some that can. If you need an extra pop of color in your life, go to a home improvement or garden store and grab some winter flowers and terracotta planters. It’s a quick and easy way to liven up your yard, plus tending your new plants will give you something to look forward to while you’re waiting for spring to come around.