As we enter into the summer months, many people are now looking forward to organizing garden parties and hosting guests for a number of different functions. If you want to create the ultimate laid-back relaxed atmosphere this summer for your guests, hosting an outdoor event is really the only way to go about it.
However, even the sunniest weather isn’t going to do you much good if the surrounding landscape is looking tired and neglected. This is one of those occasions where people assume the work is going to be much harder than it is and, as a result, become paralyzed with inaction. This inevitably ends with them simply sticking out some new garden furniture and leaving it at that. But in order for your outdoor events to really be all they can be, you need to pay attention to every aspect of your yard.
The following steps are things that anyone can do to dramatically improve the aesthetic qualities of their outdoor space. If you want to make the most of this summer with your friends, then preparing your yard is an essential step to take.
Choosing the Right Furniture
The right furniture for your yard will depend upon a combination of things. Mainly, you will be looking to strike a balance between your personal tastes and the functionality of the furniture. Those who have more money, and more space, to play around with might be able to purchase the full range of yard furniture so they’re ready for both formal and informal events. However, for most of us, we are going to have to see what’s available, consider what kind of event we want to host, and then from this decide what the best furniture available is.
Front or Back
There is an old adage among home designers that says, “business out front party in the back”. This means that your front yard which faces the public should be kept neat and tidy and presentable. It is in the back yard where you let your imagination run wild. KG Landscape have written an excellent article about how to create nice curb appeal, which goes into more detail on this point.
If you’re going to have guests walking around your lawn, the last thing you want is uneven ground that might cause them to trip and fall. It is also no good having gorgeous yard furniture, along with a barbecue and other outdoor cooking peripherals, if the grass and flowers around you are poorly maintained.
If you want your outdoor events to really take advantage of the space they’re in, you want to be surrounded by the most attractive scenery possible. Make sure that any plants in your yard are kept well fed and watered so that they are healthy. But also make sure that they do not become overgrown and begin to infringe upon other areas of the yard that they shouldn’t.
Preparing your yard for entertaining guests shouldn’t be too difficult to process. The trick is to stay on top of it throughout the year. Once you get into the habit of good garden maintenance, it will eventually become second nature.