5 Tips to Make Your Backyard More Enjoyable During the Winter

5 Tips to Make Your Backyard More Enjoyable During the Winter

Spending time outdoors has a multitude of benefits, boosting our mood, creativity, and vitality. During the winter months, however, most people tend to spend more time inside their homes, neglecting outdoor activities. A simple and convenient way of incorporating more outdoor time in your everyday life is to take advantage of your exterior living areas. Here are five tips to make your backyard more enjoyable during the winter.

Install a source of heat to create warmth

Let’s address the main issue: the cold! Yes, in many parts of the country, temperatures plummet drastically, making spending time in your backyard the last thing you’d want to do in the winter. Installing a source of heat, such as a patio heater or an outdoor fireplace, will make your space much more inviting and provide you with warmth at any time of the day. A hot tub can also significantly increase the appeal of your backyard during the colder months.

Incorporate winter plants to add greenery and color to your backyard

There is no denying that a yard devoid of plants and life doesn’t quite lift the spirits in the same way as one with blooming flowers and fluttering butterflies. But, there is no reason to despair. The good news is that there exists a multitude of plants that can resist, and even thrive, in the cold. Visit your local nursery and ask an expert which flowers and shrubs you can grow in your area in the winter. Adding them to your garden will add oodles of vibrancy to your yard, increasing your enjoyment.

Make your yard appealing to birds

We’ve addressed how to bring life to your yard by adding greenery, but what about the liveliness that the birds and little critters produce by their mere presence and activity? While the greenery will go a long way in making your yard more appealing to these wonderful creatures, there are many other ways to attract birds, including installing a bird feeder or a heated bird-bath.

Plan fun backyard activities

There are many ways to have fun with your family outdoors in the winter. You can plan a fun evening of hot chocolate and smores around the fireplace. Everyone can grab a cozy blanket and gather in the garden or on the deck for story time. What about a dip in the hot tub to spend a few hours relaxing outdoors? And if you’re lucky enough to have snow in your backyard, what better way to have fun than spending the day building a snowman and making snow angels? The options are endless!

Use outdoor lighting to extend your enjoyment into the evening

Since the days are shorter during the winter, many of us often only have a few hours, if we’re lucky, to enjoy the daylight after a hard day’s work. Outdoor lighting can not only increase visual appeal and safety of your property at night, but it can also enable you to spend more time outdoors. Installing a combination of garden lighting, directional lighting, path and area lighting, well lighting, and deck lighting allows you to extend your enjoyment well past sunset.

We hope you enjoyed these ideas. Tell us what you plan on doing to spend more time outdoors with your family this winter.

Valentine’s Day: How to Create a Romantic Mood with Outdoor Lighting

outdoor mood lighting

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to let the one you love know just how much you appreciate them. For some couples, it’s a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant; for others, it’s a quiet night in, with that nice bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion. If you fall in the latter category, here are some amazing outdoor mood lighting ideas that are sure to make your Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart a memorable one.

Dazzling Decks

Do you want to wow your significant other with an elegant outdoor dinner? While we can’t help with dinner, we can help you create a romantic atmosphere with lighting. If you’re serving dinner on your deck, use a combination of deck lights, string lighting, and flameless candles to add a touch of romance to your backyard. Make sure to choose a warm light, in the 2000k to 3000k range, that will add softness to your outdoor space and refrain from using anything above 3000k.

Glistening Gardens

What about a night-time picnic in your garden? Let’s face it, without the correct lighting, even the most magnificent of gardens can look dull and uninspiring at night. The good news is that the right lighting elements and techniques can help you transform your garden into an enchanted wonderland at night. With a combination of garden lights and lighting techniques such as moonlighting and grazing, you can create a space that’s warm and inviting and perfect for Valentine’s Day (or year-round) romance.

Shimmering Pools

If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, why not plan a beautiful poolside dinner, and possibly a romantic swim? Turn the pool lights on and use a few whimsical string lights and flameless candles to decorate your table. You can even set up a few flameless lanterns around the perimeter of the pool for an added touch of romance.

Other Outdoor Mood Lighting Ideas

  • For added ambiance and to set up a luminous background for your romantic evening, line fences and hedges with additional strings of light.
  • If you have any romantic architectural or garden decor elements, such as a beautiful statue, use directional lighting and the up-lighting technique to highlight them.
  • Employ lighting contrasts when setting up your romantic scene. For example, a combination of dimmer deck lights that provide a low, soft glow can be paired with a brighter, eye-catching light to create drama.
  • Rather than haphazardly placing your flameless candles, try setting them up in a heart shape for a more Valentine’s Day feel.
  • Add Valentine’s Day decorations to your front entryway and use directional lighting to showcase your efforts. You can even dim your porch lights or replace the bulbs with a Valentine’s Day color such as pink or red.

What do you think about our outdoor mood lighting ideas? How do you plan on making Valentine’s Day special for your loved one this year? Let us know in the comments section.

Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas

Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas

Tis’ the season for adorning our homes with beautiful Christmas lights. But with so many decorative options to choose from, it may be hard to narrow down the type of light displays you want to showcase this year. Additionally, if you already have a number of landscape lights, it may be difficult to think of ways of incorporating them into your holiday light show. Here’s a list of outdoor holiday lighting ideas that are sure to help motivate and inspire you.

Brilliant Bushes and Trees

While you can use traditional string lights to decorate trees and bushes, it’s far easier to use net lighting for maximum coverage. If you already use well lights or flood lights to illuminate your trees and bushes, you may want to switch to a lower wattage bulb so that the lighting doesn’t overpower your Christmas lights.

Festive Pathways

Whether you choose to wrap a string of lights around your existing pathway lights or place decorative holiday lanterns next to them, there are many ways to integrate your existing lighting into your holiday display. While warm white lights will naturally blend with any landscape lighting you already have, it is possible to change the bulbs in your existing landscape lighting to colors such as red and green, which will make your pathway more Christmassy.

Decorative Decks and Patios

Whether you decide to embellish your patio with curtain lights or hang decorative icicles off the railing, there are many options when it comes to decorating your decks and patios for the holiday season. If you already have deck or patio lights year-round, you can quickly update them for the holidays by placing them inside decorative lanterns.

Dazzling Doorways

Whether you choose to adorn your doorway with a pre-lit holiday wreath or drape lights around the stair railing of your front porch, a well-lit and decorative entryway is a great way to make your home warm and inviting for your guests. And to add a decorative touch to your porch, try hanging pre-lit snowflakes or garlands.

Other Ideas

  • Decide on a color scheme or theme before you start decorating.
  • Be sure always to use LED lights because they are brighter, last longer, and have less of an impact on your electric bill.
  • Use spotlights to draw attention to any holiday displays will you have on your front lawn.
  • Make sure the lights you choose are waterproof before installing them outdoors.

Are there any other outdoor holiday lighting ideas that we missed? Be sure to share them in the comments section!