Warm weather means spending more time outside. Whether you’re gardening, relaxing in your hammock or throwing a party, you can transform your outdoor space into a real living space even with a limited budget. Start by assessing your backyard to determine what might need your attention and how much time you have to complete a project. Since these five types of upgrades range in terms of price and time commitment, choose one that fits your budget so you can enjoy your backyard throughout the summer.
Anyone who went to summer camp as a kid will remember this one – “leaves of three, let it be.” Right, I’m talking about poison ivy, the three-season menace to enjoying time outdoors. But there’s more to steering clear of this plant than just remembering that simple saying. First, as you probably know poison ivy is a vine, one that you’ll find along the ground or climbing up trees. But, to make things even more confusing, it can also morph into a shrub! That can happen when the vine gets to the top of what’s it’s been climbing on and then has no place else to go. It keeps sticking out shoots that can eventually become branches, ones that don’t seem to be poison ivy at all.