The winter months can seem endless, especially when its freezing outside. Instead of staying cooped up inside, though, there are several ways that you can get out and enjoy your yard despite the temperature.
Decorate with lights.
Make your yard a winter wonderland by decorating it with white exterior holiday lights throughout the winter. Hanging lights from a fence or from stakes can create a magical feeling, especially when the lights reflect off of freshly fallen snow.
You could hang the lights in a way that they form a straight line around your the perimeter of your yard, or you can buy a few extra sets of lights to give you more creative license. One idea is to clip the lights to a fence every six feet and have them hang down slightly in between each clip, forming a half-circle shape, and another idea is to run them in a zig zag pattern up and down your fence to create visual interest. With these lights shining, you could enjoy a cocktail under the stars, play outside in the snow, or simply go out and breathe in some fresh air in the evening.
Flood your yard to make a skating rink.
If you have a flat spot in your yard, consider flooding it to create a backyard skating rink. You'll first need to build a frame with PVC pipe or lumber, and then you'll need to build a bracing system to maintain the structure of your rink. Plywood, covered by a white tarp or liner, comes last, and this can be purchased on your own or with a commercial kit. If you build the rink on your own, expect to spend a few hundred dollars, whereas a kit could cost up to a few thousand dollars.
When your rink is complete, you and the neighbors can enjoy skating throughout the winter. You might actually start wishing that the temperatures would stay cold so that you can enjoy your rink as long as possible.
Install a hot tub.
What better way to enjoy a winter night by soaking in a hot tub while surrounded by falling snow and sparkling lights? Hot tubs are relaxing and can really help your muscles recover after a day spent shoveling snow from your driveway. Modern hot tubs can now be programmed to heat up and start bubbling at a certain time, and some models can even be turned on with an app on your smartphone. These high tech models also come equipped with speakers that connect wirelessly with any device loaded with music and a TV that can stream movies and shows from the Internet, so you'll be sure to be entertained while you get re-energized.
If you're uncertain about maintaining the right environment in your hot tub, you can easily arrange for a maintenance company like Budget Pool & Spa Tech Inc. to check on your tub every month or every few months to make sure all the chemicals are in balance and that the water is safe.
With these three features in place in your yard, you'll find that you actually look forward to snowy days and evenings.