A 7 Step Guide to Building Your Own Patio

If you’re wanting to spend more time in your backyard this summer, then what you need is a patio. The patio can serve many functions – it’s a great hosting area for parties and entertaining guests, it can provide the perfect location to put your garden furniture to avoid damaging the lawn and once fall and winter rear their ugly heads again, it offers you an area you can use outside without running the risk of getting wet and muddy.

The best thing about patios though is just how easy they are to build. In fact, you can quite easily design and build one in your back garden within a handful of weekends. Here’s a seven-step guide to building your own patio.
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How to Decorate Your Home and Patio for a Garden Party

Everyone comes back to life when warmer weather hits. The sun is out and plants are finally in full bloom. What better way to celebrate all that greenery than by throwing a garden party? The following steps will make your home ready for entertaining.

Understand the Seasons

The garden invites a mystical, almost fairytale vibe. Play it up by stringing lights along your bushes and patio for a soft and cozy feel. These lights also make a comfortable transition into the evening and keep the party going. A theme like that works well for late May and early June, where it’s not super-hot yet. July and August are when summer has truly arrived. This is a season that invites luaus and backyard barbecues. Get that pig on a spit and break out the tiki torches.

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What Makes a Great Patio?

When you have a large family or like to throw parties every now and then, having plenty of entertainment space in your home is important. While an upgraded living area or a kitchen works great, it’s also ideal to create an excellent outdoor space whenever possible. Mother Nature is the best exterior designer and she shows off her chops during summer and spring when the outdoors come alive with blooming flowers, nice breezes, bird songs, and the refreshing aroma of freshly-mowed grass. Is your home’s patio living up to her standards?
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Top 3 Ideas for Landscaping Without Grass

Contributed by Jaye

Had enough of high-maintenance, thirsty turf? Are you sick and tired of all the watering, mowing and fighting against pest and weed? If you are looking for something less expensive and demanding, yet equally attractive, natural and refreshing, there are great ways to update your backyard.

Most people want a lawn because that is the only thing they know. However, if you look hard enough, you can find amazing backyard designs which don’t include a grass lawn, like these at Ralco Landscapes in San Diego. Here are some alternatives for you to consider.

Mulching flowerbeds around the house with a freshly mulched bed alongside an open-air patio decorated with ornamental flowers

Replace Your Lawn with a Patio

A patio is the first alternative option that comes to mind, and probably the most convenient one. It can be quite affordable, but also quite expensive, depending on the material you choose. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, go for the bluestone, which, despite its name, comes in various colors and is of excellent quality.
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