Simple Ways to Create Shade in Your Backyard This Summer

shaded area of backyard with covered pergola

The summer season is approaching fast, and along with protecting our plants and gardens from heat stress, it’s important to protect ourselves as well. Many of us crave outdoor time but struggle with the intense sun, making it difficult to enjoy our backyard spaces.

Here are a few simple ways to create a cooler and more comfortable outdoor space with much-needed shade this summer!

Use Umbrellas and Shade Sails

For a quicker fix, consider installing large patio umbrellas or shade sails. Patio umbrellas are easy to install and move around so you can adjust your shade throughout the day. For a more modern look, shade sails make a great choice. These fabric structures can be installed in various ways, creating unique, geometric designs. Both options come in various colors and sizes, allowing you to match your outdoor decor.

Plant Trees and Shrubs for Natural Shade

A natural and effective method to create shade in your backyard is to plant trees and shrubs with wide and dense canopies that grow quickly. Eventually, they will provide ample shade and add a beautiful green touch to your landscape. Some recommended choices are red maple, weeping willow, and hybrid poplar trees. For shrubs, consider hydrangeas or lilacs.

Install Pergolas and Arbors

Consider installing pergolas or arbors if you want a more permanent and elegant solution. We customize these structures at VistaPro Landscape & Design to your unique style and needs. Pergolas and arbors not only provide shade but also serve as stunning focal points in your backyard. They can also serve as a support structure for climbing plants, further enhancing the shade and creating a beautiful, natural hideaway!

Whether you choose a natural route with trees and shrubs, get a custom pergola or arbor for your yard, or perhaps both, VistaPro Landscape & Design will help you and your landscape beat the summer heat. Our professional landscaping and woodworking services can transform your yard into a shady oasis so you can enjoy your outdoor time with your friends and family.

Contact us at (301)805-0119 to learn how we can provide your backyard with ample shade this summer and browse our services online today! 

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