Sometimes, the best vacation is a “staycation!” If you’re watching your budget or simply don’t have the time or desire to get away, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some relaxing downtime away from the workplace. With a little effort and imagination, you can transform your backyard into a vacation paradise that you can enjoy all summer long.
We’ve collected a few ideas to help you accomplish the task, including some tips for getting rid of mosquitoes in the backyard.
Add a Water Feature
While you may not be able to bring the ocean to your backyard, you can create a tranquil setting by adding a water feature. A fountain will provide the soothing sound of trickling water and enhance the appearance of your yard. Building a small pond and filling it with fish and aquatic plants is another excellent option. However, the standing water is likely to attract flying, bloodsucking insects, so you’ll need to take additional measures for controlling mosquitoes in the backyard.
Create an Outdoor Man-Cave
If your idea of relaxation is watching a ballgame with your feet up and a cold beverage in your hand, an outdoor man-cave can be just the ticket. Attractive, weather-resistant outdoor television sets are available that can serve as the centerpiece of your “den,” and you can surround it with comfy patio furniture and some decorative hardscaping.
For the ultimate outdoor relaxation, set up a hammock in a spot that offers an unobstructed view of the TV screen. Unlike an indoor man-cave, you can also have a grill nearby so you can enjoy a steak or burger as you watch the game!
Build a Fire Pit
Fire pits are great for nighttime outdoor relaxation throughout the year. Gather around your pit with family and friends and imagine that you’re camping in the wilderness, far away from the stresses of everyday life. A wood-burning fire pit can also help repel mosquitoes in the backyard, as the wood smoke serves as an effective mosquito deterrent.
If you want a backyard staycation with a little more activity, there are plenty of options for recreation. Set up a volleyball net, build a horseshoe pit, or install a putting green so you can perfect your short game during your time off. If you have a patio or deck, an oversized patio chessboard or on-deck shuffleboard court can add some entertainment to your backyard.
Getting Rid of Mosquitoes in the Backyard
Regardless of what type of oasis you decide to create, you’ll want to take steps to safely repel mosquitoes in the backyard. By setting up a Mosquito Magnet® trap as soon as the temperature begins to rise above 50° F, you’ll be able to reduce the mosquito population all season long. All Mosquito Magnet® traps are capable of controlling mosquitoes in a backyard as large as one acre!
Enjoy some fun and relaxation in your mosquito-free backyard throughout the season with the help of a Mosquito Magnet® trap!
Learn more about the most effective methods for backyard mosquito control.