Ways to Create Shade in Your Yard

Are you reluctant to use your outdoor space because of all that hot summer sun? Too much intense sunshine can be an issue at any time of the year. It's important to have solutions in place to block out the harsh rays so you can relax and enjoy your outdoor areas. Explore a few different ways to create shade in your yard.

Shade Trees in Your Yard

One of the most obvious ways to shade your front or backyard is to install shade trees. You can purchase new, mature trees to place, or you can plant young ones and wait for them to grow while using some alternative shade methods in the meantime. If you have trees in your yard but you've been pruning them too enthusiastically, consider letting them grow out and spread a bit wider to provide additional shaded areas.

Build a Pavilion or Gazebo

If there's a space that you need permanent shade for, but you can't wait for trees to grow above it, a pavilion or gazebo could be just the thing. These structures can be somewhat pricey depending on the decor style and features you want, but if they are well cared for, they can raise the value of your property; and they are also extremely useful.

You can host parties, lunches, teas, barbecues, and more in your gazebo or under your pavilion; and if you're teaching the kids at home, it's the perfect spot for an outdoor classroom. And if the sun's rays are still sneaking into it, add curtains around the space so you can draw them or pull them back as needed throughout the day.

Purchase Large Umbrellas

If you're looking for quick, movable shade solutions for a patio or poolside area, consider investing in some extra-large patio umbrellas. These umbrellas have an enormous spread, so they can shade seating areas or lounge spaces. They typically include bases filled with water, sand, or concrete to ensure stability. Often, shade umbrellas can rotate or change angles to provide protection from the sun at any time of day.

Invest in a Pop-Up Canopy

What if you need to shade a large section of your yard for a luncheon, party, or outdoor meeting? You can purchase or rent a pop-up canopy. If you often entertain outdoors, you may want to buy your own; you'll need a dry space to fold and store it when it's not in use. A pop-up canopy can block the sun, keeping the space underneath it several degrees cooler, and if you buy a waterproof version, you can also use it to keep rain off outdoor gatherings.

Kurtz Bros., Inc. is here to help you will all your outdoor needs, including fertilizer, mulch, and soil to improve the health of your shades trees, as well as tools to assist you in crafting patios, pergolas, and other outdoor enhancements to suit your family's needs. Visit our website anytime to order or contact us with your questions!

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