Does your job demand excessive travel? More often than not, those who wield heavy professional travel schedules loathe the thought of hopping yet another plane in the name of relaxation. There are ways to unwind, disconnect and relax without leaving the zip code. Take a page from your father’s play book and plan on a staycation in your own backyard. Take those funds you would have earmarked for yet another set of plane tickets for your family and create your own backyard oasis. Follow these recommendations from the professional landscape architects to start your plans for a never ending series of staycations. The options are truly only limited by your imagination.
The first step is to set a budget. The sums homeowners spend today on outdoor spaces varies as widely as the expense for an in ground pool to the cost for a simple water feature. Take stock of your basics. Is your decking or patio sufficient for relaxing and entertaining or do you have a desire to enlarge this outdoor space. Has your landscaping been neglected and now would be an ideal time to tame the shrubbery and consider fresh landscaping for a privacy fence? Decide how you want to spend your time in your outdoor space and design a realistic budget accordingly.
If your time and budget are limited, focus on ramping up your deck or patio area. Repair any loose mortar or decking boards for safety purposes. Apply a fresh coat of stain to the deck if needed. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select all of your lawn and garden items from the huge selection available from Home Depot. If you have adequate space on your deck for dining and lounging, consider defining these areas with an outdoor carpet. Comfortable outdoor seating arrangements are available today in a wide range of prices and styles. Ramp up your dining area with a fresh dining set. Splurge on colorful cushions and a complimenting umbrella. Finally, spring for some potting containers and fill with colorful seasonal bedding flowers. You’ve just succeeded in creating a back yard oasis. Enjoy your staycation!