Warmer weather is here, making it the perfect time to upgrade your landscape and deck. Perhaps you’re putting the house on the market and want to boost property value, or maybe your goal is to improve the backyard to meet your family’s needs. Here are some easy ideas to update your deck, courtyard, or patio this summer.

Add Flowers and Greenery to Update Your Deck

One of the easiest ways to improve the aesthetic of your deck is to install planters filled with colorful flowers or greenery. Many low-maintenance plants are available if you don’t have a green thumb. Choose flowers to add color or greenery to improve the look and feel of the patio. If you enjoy cooking, look for easy-to-grow herbs and vegetables that you can plant in containers. As a bonus, plants make your home feel more welcoming and attractive, which is especially important if you are trying to sell it.

Install a Fire Pit or Fireplace

A fire pit or fireplace gives your property a comfortable and warm ambiance after dark. Fire pits also boost the value and appeal of your backyard and patio area and allow you to enjoy the space year-round. You’ll find models in various configurations and styles depending on your budget and preferred fuel source.

If you have a large open area, you can even build your own custom fire pit with plenty of seating. A propane-fueled option may be a better choice for smaller decks and patios.

Update Your Deck with Lighting

Good lighting goes a long way in improving outdoor living spaces. Use string lights for a casual and festive atmosphere. In-stair lighting illuminates the deck’s steps and helps prevent accidents after dark. Paraffin torches are another way to light the area. Choose citronella fuel to repel mosquitoes. There are great solar options available if you have sufficient sunlight during the day. You’ll find string lights, deck lights, torches, lanterns, and other decorative solar lights to fit your needs.

Build an Outdoor Kitchen

If you enjoy entertaining friends and family during the summer, building an outdoor kitchen is the perfect deck and patio idea for you. Depending on your budget and preferences, the outdoor kitchen could include a flat top grill, a bar area with stools and an ice chest, or a pizza oven. If you are on a tight budget, install a table, chairs, and grill to boost the functionality of the space without breaking the bank.

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