Whether it's sun or a light rain, shade is an important element in creating spaces that are comfortable throughout the spring and summer months. Luckily, there are a number of different ways to accomplish. Ultimately, the answer lies somewhere in using a combination of shade. Here are three ideas to get you on the right path!
Structural Elements That Provide Shade to Outdoor Areas
Pergolas and gazebos are the go-to structural elements for shade. Usually standing independently, pergolas can be installed on patios, porches, or decks to shelter you from the intense rays of the sun. For a more glamorous look (and potentially larger space underneath), consider a pergola attached to your house or another building on the property (e.g. poolhouse). On the other hand, a gazebo will create a self-contained oasis in a specific spot in your yard complete with flooring. Both structures are customizable to suit your style of home. And as always, whatever you choose between a pergola and gazebo - make sure it makes sense with the rest of your home's architecture.
Add Shade With Planting Partially Grown Trees
You can obtain an attractive, effective, and natural source of shade by planting partially matured trees in place of just seedlings. The trick here is to select the types of trees that grow well in our area and provide enough shade. Bonus: Might provide additional privacy from your lovely neighbors. Below are a few ideas, but ultimately, talk with your landscaping expert (since we are biased, we say that's us) and consider how large your outdoor area is, your intended style, maintenance requirements, and other points that are important for you and your family.
Superior Hybrid Poplar trees can grow up to eight feet each year and reach heights of 40 to 50 feet when fully grown! These are deciduous trees and shed their leaves during the winter.
October Glory Maple trees grow quickly to obtain an attractive oval shape. When fully matured, these trees can reach heights of 40 feet! The red foliage and flowers of this tree make it a delight to own.
American Sycamore trees are yet another species of trees that provide sufficient shade for residential properties since they grow at a rate of six feet each year and develop a substantial canopy of leaves.
Awnings For Temporary or Permanent Shade
Depending of which style of awning you select for your outdoor living area, you can obtain either a temporary or permanent shade from it. Rigid awnings offer shade all throughout the day for doorways, porches, decks, windows, or patios since they stay in one position. Retractable awnings, on the other hand, provide temporary shade at the times you need.