Enjoy your outdoor living

You may think of your stubborn wooden deck or outdated patio as an eyesore in your yard, but with smart design decisions and creative use of landscape, your outdoor space can become the perfect place to escape.

Think about your deck or patio as a valuable extension of your home. Many things you enjoy  indoors can be even better outdoors.

Here are a few ideas that Action Lawn & Landscape can help you with:

Create an outdoor room. For outdoor living year-round, use elements that define the space and create a sense of destination. A cozy fireplace or fire pit is an inviting focal point in an outdoor sitting area that allows you to extend the season from cool spring nights into fall. A full-service kitchen is an entertainment epicenter that generates an alfresco dining experience with ease.

Layer in lighting. A welcoming ambience allows guests to visit even after the sun goes down. And the lighting options go far beyond the glowing tiki torch and twinkling holiday lights. Strategically placed lighting illuminates walkways, accentuates key features like plants, trees and ponds, and provides a sense of depth to your backyard at night.

Add seating. Built-in seating vastly expands the versatility of your deck or patio and is the ultimate weather-proof furniture. Seating can double as storage units for cushions and garden equipment or substitute for railings on a deck. Wall benches are great outdoor options. Remember to keep comfortability in mind when choosing furniture.

Use plants for effect. Many people assume plants take up space, but, in fact, they define areas. A bushy shrub hides a stair leading to a deck or creates a privacy wall around a patio or jaccuzi. Trees and flowers soften the hard elements of outdoor structures. Plants also establish or underscore a mood. Ferns, moss and hostas fit perfectly in a shaded, quiet, meditative space: Choose plants that soothe and inspire you and your family. Be sure to choose plants that are suitable for your areas climate changes.

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