The August heat has rolled in, and autumn is waiting just around the corner. That said, there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy your summer in your yard and garden!
1. Bring on the Shade
Rising temperatures and heat index in the month of August make shady spaces more important than ever. If you have large enough trees, set your conversation areas up beneath the boughs to take advantage of the natural shade. Patio and deck umbrellas, canopies, and even pop-up shady beach tents are quick ways to add some man-made shade in other areas of your yard and garden.
2. Stay Cool and Hydrated
In hot temperatures, water works wonders inside and out! We don’t all own swimming pools, but fortunately there are plenty of other great options. Large mist fans, or even handheld misters, can really cut the heat and help your friends and family feel comfortable. Baby pools can be a safe spot for children to play in or they can serve as a cool place for adults to rest their feet. Sprinklers are a fun option that can do double-duty with watering flower beds. Don’t forget to hydrate yourself as well! Providing lots of cold water and beverages for you and your guests to sip on is a sure way to beat the heat.
3. Be an Early Bird
Rise and shine to your outdoor space with coffee or tea before things really warm up for the day. A comfortable outdoor chair or small bistro set up is all you need! Speaking of birds, bird feeders and hummingbird feeders can lure lovely little friends to your yard, so you can watch them while you sip. Identifying bird types and their sounds can be a fun learning activity for friends and family to enjoy together, and all the information can be found right on your smart phone.
4. Make Magical Evenings Outdoors
When your days are busy or it’s just TOO hot, long summer evenings can be your best bet for enjoying outdoor time. Take advantage of the cooler weather and lingering light to dine alfresco, listen to music, or just to watch the fireflies. This is a time when lighting can really play a grand role in your outdoor space. String lights, solar garden lights, and soft solar lamps are a quick and easy way to make a statement and add warmth and charm. Citronella candles or a safe bug spray can help keep pests from becoming unwanted guests while you relax.
5. Get in Some Gardening
Autumn is an important time of year to tend to your garden! Gardening experts suggest swapping out faded annuals for new annuals that do well in the cooler fall weather. August is also a great time to plant perennials, so that they can take root in the upcoming cooler weather and be ready to burst forth next spring. Some good options to plant at the end of summer include hydrangeas, daylilies, lilies, sedums, ornamental grasses, peonies, and bearded iris. This month is also an important time to tackle weeds, so that they can’t germinate new seedlings, and mulch your garden so your plants are protected through fall and winter.
With these simple tips, you’ll be sure to enjoy your yard and garden at the end of summer and be ready to sail into fall.
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