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    6 Ways to Refresh Your Outdoor Space Into a Beautiful Oasis

     If you've been working from home and social distancing the past few months, chances are you might be feeling a bit restless confined to your home. Studies show spending time in nature can be good for mental health as well as improve your ability to focus. With the weather getting sunnier and welcoming us outside every day, it would do you well to have an outdoor space you feel comfortable in and can be proud of. From gardening to adding privacy, here are some ideas to refresh your space for the ultimate outdoor haven.

    1 Create a Cozy Sitting Area

    Spruce up your space with some comfy patio furniture or update your old furniture with some covers and new pillows so you'll have a place to read or enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day. If you don't have any trees, a pergola is the perfect way to add some class and shade to your yard. In fact, the National Association of Landscape Professionals placed pergolas as one of the top landscaping trends of the past year. 

    2 Refresh Your Garden with a Garden Bed

    With more time spent at home these days, it's a great idea to start growing your own fruits and vegetables to harvest for homecooked meals. Try installing a raised garden bed to plant tomatoes, herbs, and more. If you're wanting to plan for the future, make room for some frost-hardy vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and leeks to plant this fall. Have back issues? Raised garden beds can help reduce back strain since you won't have to bend over as far to reach the plants. 

    3 Add Some Privacy with Lattice

    If you don't have the luxury of a large private fence to keep neighbors from peering in while entertaining, consider adding some privacy with lattice. By putting up lattice, it will block the view (and give your space some architectural flair) without feeling like you're closed in. For an appealing touch, try planting some flowering perennials such as honeysuckle or clematis vines to grow up the lattice, which will bloom in the summer and fall. 

    4 Befriend the Birds

     Enjoy nature's soundtrack by making your backyard a welcoming space for birds to nest. Install a birdhouse for your new friends to live with a birdfeeder or birdbath nearby. Place the house strategically near trees and shrubs so they'll have more places to take shelter as well as munch on any bugs hiding there.

    5 Decorate with Unique Finds

    Repurpose an antique clawfoot tub into a planter for flowers or herbs. Place colorful lanterns on the deck for evening lighting. Give your Adirondack chairs a fresh coat of paint. It's small personal touches like this that will make your space truly your own—and a great conversation starter for guests. 

    6 Go for Classic Charm with an Arbor

     Adding an arbor to your yard is a timeless style that will be the envy of your neighborhood. Place it in a small garden to make it feel like a grand landscape. Or consider installing an arbor as a support structure for a gate to border your garden.

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