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5 Cooling Tips for a Comfortable Backyard in the Summer Heat

There is nothing quite like being out in your backyard during the summer time. However, the summer heat can make it difficult for you to enjoy your backyard. The good news is that there are several things that you can do to make it easier for you to cool your backyard.

Create Shade in the Backyard

Creating shade is one of the keys to keeping the area cool. One of the things that you can do to create shade is to plant trees. Not only will trees help create shade, but they can also help you save money on your energy bill. Trees will help keep your home cooler. You can also create shade by adding awnings. Awnings can be placed over your deck or porch to keep the sun from entering.

Add a Water Feature

Waterfalls, pools and ponds make a backyard look nice. They can also help the backyard stay cool. In fact, water features can cool your yard by 10 degrees.

Patio Misters

It will be a lot easier for you to enjoy your backyard activities if you have patio misters. This is a system that will spray a gentle mist. Cooling mists can lower the perceived temperature outside by 20 degrees. One of the many great things about patio misters is that they will not make you look like you have just got out of the shower.

Add an Umbrella

There are many umbrellas that you can choose from. If you have a small backyard, then you can probably find what you need at a Big Lots or Walmart. However, you will likely need to make a trip to the hardware store if you have a large backyard. A sturdy umbrella will last for several years.


A gazebo is more expensive than an umbrella. However, it can be used for a variety of purposes. You can also use it all year long. Additionally, it is great for family and friend gatherings.

You do not have to let the summer heat keep you inside. There are ways that you can stay cool and still enjoy the great outdoors. You can keep your home cool by creating shade. You can also add a water feature to your yard, such as a pool, pond or waterfall. Additionally, umbrellas and gazebos can be used to cool your home.

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