Tips to get your Outdoor Patio Spruced up for the Holidays

Do you remember the lazy, hazy days of summer…

…that seemed to end all too soon?

You probably spent a lot of time on your outdoor patio, soaking in the sun, dining outside and enjoying the breeze. Just because the weather is getting cooler, there is no reason to neglect your outdoor patio.

While it may be too chilly some nights to enjoy dinner alfresco, you can still take advantage of the cooler weather to make your patio something to be proud of.

Why let your relatives have all of the fun of hosting?

Don’t be ashamed of your old patio and backyard any more by sprucing it up this holiday season.

If you have deciduous trees on your property, chances are great that some dead leaves found their way onto your patio. You may also have dying mums and a stray Halloween decoration or two.

The first step in making your patio something to be proud of this holiday season is to give it a good cleaning!

  • Sweep out the corners and hose the whole thing down on a warm day.
  • If dirt and grit has accumulated between the pavers, scrub it out with a stiff brush.
  • Throw away old plants and put away the decorations for which the season has already passed.
  • No excuses; if you don’t do it now, you’ll still be looking at your old mess months from now when spring breezes tempt you outdoors again.

Now that your outdoor living area is clean…

…it’s time to think about updating and renewing.

In Southern California, winter is the best time to replace cracked paving stones, smooth on a fresh coat of paint, or plant new bulbs.

It’s also the perfect time to get rid of your tired, patchy lawn and start enjoying the convenience of artificial grass, which will look great during the holiday season and through the entire year.

The experts at Install-It-Direct can give you their advice when you contact us for a free consultation.

Once the living space is clean and in good condition, think about weather-hardy items that you could place around your patio. Here are a few ideas:

  • Hang twinkling white lights across the ceiling to add a touch of holiday magic once the sun goes down.
  • Purchase or re-purpose a large planter and plant an evergreen tree. Decorate it with stringed popcorn and cranberries to provide a feast for the local birds and to give yourself and your guests an up-close bird-watching experience.
  • Don’t be afraid to incorporate your family’s religious or cultural holiday symbols on your patio. For example, place a menorah on a small glass table, or assemble a creche on small platform.

Next, think about entertaining.

When the temperature heats up inside due to your roaring fire coupled with many guests, some family members will likely spill out into the patio, even if the air is crisp and cool.

Be sure to have a table handy to place a tray of hot cocoa or coffee mugs.

Also, make sure that you have ample, comfortable seating on your patio. Keep a stack of soft blankets in a nearby closet to bring out so guests will be able to stay warm even if the temperature dips.

A fire pit is the perfect thing to add to your patio if you are remodeling. Picture your guests snuggled together in the soft glow of the flame, roasting marshmallows or simply enjoying the romantic atmosphere.

Sprucing up your patio for the holiday season is a an oft-forgotten part of seasonal decorating, but so important. As the holidays approach, but before it gets too cold, look at your patio from every angle, and consider what you may need to do to keep it in good physical repair.

If you notice your concrete patio is looking weathered, cracked and could use a paver makeover, or if you think that synthetic turf would make your yard look well taken care of, then sign up for our Free Estimate and we can help with all your sprucing-up questions that you need answered.

One of our experts can come out and talk to you about your options, with no pressure or obligation. We want you to have a beautiful and welcoming outdoor patio this holiday season. Let us help you with your outdoor patio needs.