As a life long southerner, I adore a front porch and I love porch sitting in the summertime. Here are my 5 Best Tips to keep your porch looking Summertime Fresh all season long!
We have a huge front porch and I love filling it with gorgeous flowers and plants. However, keeping everything looking great all summer long is daunting. Here are 5 Summertime Porch Tips that I use to help me keep my porch looking fresh all season long.
# 1 – Flowers are a must for a Front Porch
My porch gets intense sun in the evenings and not just any flower will stay looking good all summer. I choose to use geraniums for my flowering plant. They bloom all summer long and are much easier to keep looking fresh than other flowering plants I’ve tried.
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# 2 – Summertime Porch Tip – Mix in Some Faux
If you like to place flowers in unconventional containers, I have found that faux works best. In addition, the quality of artificial flowers has improved greatly and when mixed with real, it’s hard to tell the difference.
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# 3 Use good Quality outdoor rugs
Outdoor Rugs are a great, inexpensive way to update your outdoor spaces. However, they are not all created equal. A fun rug can really change the overall appearance of your porch. Although my porch is undercover, I always purchase rugs that can used outdoors, without any protection because they will still look great at the end of the summer.
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Each season the rugs can be changed to give the porch a different feel. To learn more about how to choose outdoor rugs, Click Here.
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# 4 – Pillows and Seat Cushions
Another great tip for your Summertime Porch is taking care of your pillows and seat cushions.
First, I like to use pillows that are reversible. This doesn’t mean both sides have to be decorative. Reversing the pillows during the week to preserve the decorative side will help keep the beautiful decorative side fresh for weekends and entertaining.
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Keeping your outdoor pillows from becoming damaged due to dampness can be a challenge, therefore I spray all my pillows and cushions with Never Wet. Just give everything a good coating at the beginning of the summer and no more mildew. This especially important if you are using pillows that are not waterproof.
# 5 – The Final Tip is to keep the bugs away
When you keep your summertime porch free of bugs, your plants, rugs and cushions will all look better at the end of the season. In order to keep the bugs away, I spray the perimeter of the porch with Ant, Roach & Spider Barrier Spray. In addition, spray your plants and especially inside your containers.
Make sure to spray all areas that spiders like to gather.
Spiders will love you for adding things like grapevine wreaths, baskets and flowers to your porch. They will feel safe and cause a lot of damage on your porches and outdoor areas by leaving little spots all over the walls and floor. However, you can end their party time by spraying these areas throughly.
I have done this for several years and it makes a huge difference. I typically spray 3 – 4 times a season and I don’t have near the problem with spiders and ants that I used to have.
I’m sure there are several options for spraying, however I like the clean scent of this spray.
This spring it was late when we got our house pressure washed. Therefore I had not sprayed for bugs and boy did they have fun. It was amazing how they took over in a short time.
After pressure washing and getting rid of all their buggy damage, the porch was fresh looking again. I immediately did my usual preventive spraying and everything has stayed looking great since.
These 5 tips will help to make any outdoor space more welcoming and less work. Therefore, you can enjoy being outside and have a wonderful summer.
To get a preview of the porch decorated for fall, see this post.