Easy Design and Landscaping Tips to Prepare Your Yard for Summer

Front_Yard_GardensIn the summer, having a gorgeous outdoor space on your home’s lawns is like having an additional room. With attractive landscaping, families and guests can enjoy spending time outside to get fresh air and exercise. Making an outdoor area beautiful is not difficult or time-consuming when a homeowner prepares ahead by having a design on paper.

Building a Decorative Fountain

Building a decorative fountain is a simple do-it-yourself task, easily accomplished by viewing online tutorials or buying ready-made kits in gardening stores. Fountains are inexpensive to make from a variety of items, such as metallic bowls or clay flowerpots. Homeowners can make a small tabletop or large fountain on a front or back lawn to create an interesting design element. The cool mist and bubbling sounds of a water fountain help people to relax and unwind while outdoors.

Adding Beautiful Exterior Lighting

If you are avoiding spending time outside a home due to poor lighting, that is easy to change, especially with solar devices. It is also possible to add electrical lights to exterior walls near entrance ways and patios. For additional lighting farther out in a yard, a wide variety of post lamps that are durable and weather resistant are available. Specialized light bulbs in outdoor lighting can help to keep lawns insect free. Your selection of outdoor lighting can be used to set the tone for your interior design style, so select fixtures which match your decorative scheme.

Planting a Flower Garden

Creating beautiful splashes of color outside with flower beds of lavender, zinnias and daisies makes outdoor spaces more inviting. By choosing the correct varieties of flowers, you can encourage birds or butterflies to visit, making it fun to sit outside with friends and family members to watch the creatures. Sitting near a garden in the evening after work is relaxing for everyone in the family, especially when aromatic, decorative flowers are planted.

Creating an Entertaining Area

Placing outdoor furniture such as chairs, benches and tables on a lawn makes it possible to spend more time outside each day. Summer is the time to get outside to have cookouts by cooking delicious food to serve to family members and guests. You can create a welcoming entertaining space by furnishing your backyard with comfortable furniture, like rebuilt wicker chairs or luxurious chaise lounges from Design Furnishings. Great accessories to add to the outdoor décor are umbrellas over tables, sunshade devices and hot tubs to have a great place to entertain and relax.

Take Small Steps to Decorate Outdoor Spaces

You might think that preparing lawns for summer is hard work, but take small steps to make changes to make the process easier. Take time to make a plan before shopping for the items needed to stay within your budget. You can shop at both online and brick-and-mortar stores to find the things that help to make unique outdoor areas. It is also possible to make a few changes each summer to update areas outside your home.

Erin Emanuel


  1. One thing I have noticed when planting a flower garden is to make sure the soil is soft. You can purchase topsoil or make your own with composted materials. If the soil is soft and high quality it will keep your flowers more hydrated and healthier.

  2. Having a entertaining area should be the highlight of every job. If your area is just pretty, but unusable, then why bother in the first place? I suppose that varies from person to person though. Great post!

  3. Thanks for the information. I want to make sure my yard looks as good as it can next year. I’m going to follow your tip about planting a flower garden; that would look so beautiful! I’ve always loved flowers, so it’d be awesome to have a whole group of them in my own backyard. I bet my daughter would love them, too!

  4. I think exterior lighting is really important in any landscape set up. You can use it to make the yard look good, but also use it to light up your backyard. That way your summer parties can keep going even past when the sun goes down.

  5. I liked your tip to create an outdoor entertaining area in my backyard. I’ve done some landscaping in my garden by planting additional flowers, so it seems like an entertainment area is just the thing to give me an excuse to spend more time out in my yard. I agree, it would be useful to have for entertaining guests and family members, so I should put one in my yard as a gathering place for family reunions.

  6. Fantastic article, Erin! I’m glad that I stumbled upon it because I’ve been thinking about landscaping my yard. My wife really likes gardens, so maybe I’ll plant a flower garden like you suggested. Have you seen how beautiful lavender fields look in the summer? I would definitely plant them in my garden!

  7. Thanks for the landscaping ideas. We just moved into a home that we love, but the backyard is bland and lacks personality or useful features. We’d like to add an entertaining area like you mentioned. I love relaxing outdoors. We’ll have to have someone come talk to us about some ideas.

  8. I have never had a garden before last year, they always seemed to be a lot of maintenance. When I finally gave it a shot, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It made my yard so much lovelier and I appreciated it more. I totally agree that planting flowers improves the landscaping, do you have any specific tips for how to do this?

  9. Thank you for the fun landscaping ideas! I am thinking about adding some strings of cafe lights in my garden because I love the idea of outdoor lighting that you suggest. Do you know if these types of lights are safe and durable enough for the outdoors, or if they should be the type of thing I only put up for an occasion but don’t leave up permanently?

  10. I like these great ideas of how to landscape easy designs. Especially the fountain ideas because I think there pretty much the center piece of your landscaping. I just recently installed a nice rock path to my gardening and was surprise to how much more pretty my backyard look. I started to wonder what other things I can do to bring it more to live. Thanks for posting this great article it really has helped me out a lot.

  11. Great suggestions listed here. Preparing for summer can be a challenge, however, this post has covered several topics that should point you in the right direction. I really like, “Add Exterior Lighting”. This is often overlooked and can completely transform a yard if done correctly. Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource!

  12. Landscape has a huge role to play in the design of your home. They really go hand in hand. Landscaping is a large design element people often look over. I personally love doing yard work. However I know many do not or don’t have the time too. Thanks for the share!

  13. I like what you mentioned about creating an entertaining area. My wife and I are looking at landscaping our yard, and we love to entertain. We have thoughts about xeriscaping our yard, mostly because we don’t have the time to take care of it. At the same time, we aren’t sure if a xeriscaped yard is good for entertaining. What do you think?

  14. Excellent tips here. We use many of these in our own business. Following these suggestions will have your yard looking great during the summer months!

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  16. There are many different ways to add to your landscape. One thing I want to focus on is adding exterior lighting. I want something that doesn’t make you cover your eyes but makes people want to look up at night. I could use some professional guidance. Do you have any suggestions of how to find a good landscape contractor?

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  19. Great article. I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others. Thanks for sharing all the information.

  20. I have always loved a yard that has fountains in them. So, I was glad that you pointed out that they are inexpensive to make. That makes me really happy and now I want to talk to a landscaper about getting one in my yard.

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