It’s the beginning of June; the temperature is beginning to rise, and millions across the United States look forward to spending more of their time outdoors. The start of summer is just a few weeks away, so there isn’t a better time to start preparing your gazebo. It’s best to make sure that your gazebo is properly maintained, landscaped, pest-free, and accessorized.
Does preparing your gazebo for the summer sound like a lot of work? Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as difficult or time-consuming as it sounds, especially if you start preparing now.
Maintaining Your Gazebo
You definitely want to make sure your gazebo is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, but you’ll also want to take steps to delay its aging and reduce its wear too.
The best way to keep your gazebo looking as if was brand new is a fresh coat of paint. Using waterproof sealant and primer are also important steps in assuring your gazebo stays in mint condition. While wood and pine typically need to be painted every three to five years, it’s recommended to perform routine maintenance on a yearly basis.
There may be times where you need to replace parts of your gazebo, and it’s best to not wait until the last minute to do so as that could lead to something breaking—resulting in additional costs.
Yes, keeping your lawn in perfect condition may keep nosey neighbors from spreading rumors about your home over cocktails, but there are also personal benefits as well. Think about your personal experiences when driving past a yard in immaculate condition compared to one that is a little rough around the edges.
Proper landscaping makes your overall experience with your gazebo that much more enjoyable. It’s far easier to do continuous maintenance of your yard than rush to do it all at once (let’s hope you haven’t just begun your lawn work!). Make sure the landscape is pristine around your gazebo since it will be the main attraction of your yard.
Plant colorful flowers, lay down mulch, and trim any nearby hedges to make sure your gazebo is properly accentuated.
Pests can be a nuance inside our homes, offices, work sheds, and even in our gazebos. Bees and wasps can build rather troublesome nests within your gazebo, ants can build numerous hills around your gazebo, even termites could become a problem by eating away at the wooden gazebo. However, insects are not the only pest problem you can encounter. Rats, birds, opossums and other creatures can invade your gazebo and use it as their new home.
Nobody wants to deal with vermin when they are expecting a calm day enjoying the beauty of nature. Thankfully there are a number of ways to ensure your gazebo is protected from unwanted guests.
- Use plant safe ant and roach repellent around your gazebo
- Install various rat traps or use plant safe rat repellent
- Plant insect repellent plants like citronella or lavender
- Coat or spray wood with boric acid (to kill termites)
- Place boric acid bait near your gazebo
- Use an imitation predator bird to keep smaller birds at bay
- Install bird spikes along your gazebo to keep birds from building a nest
Gazebo netting is another tactic to keep unwanted visitors out of your sanctuary, including mosquitoes and other annoying insects; however, the mesh material isn’t always the most pleasant material to look at. Luckily, there is another option which provides a more visually present solution…
Install Privacy Screen
Many people use privacy screen to provide, as you might have guessed, privacy, as well as a gorgeous personalized view and protection from insects like mosquitoes. Privacy screen, like regular window screen, offers some share while still allowing breezes to pass through. It’s essentially the best of both worlds.
On a relaxing summer’s evening, these screens allow you and your guests to enjoy cocktails without being devoured by pesky insects, and with the ability to choose any stock photo or even use your own high resolution photo, to create the view of your dreams.
Privacy screen adds an entirely new dimension to your gazebo by transforming your view, blocking pests, and providing privacy.
Now is the time to get your gazebo ready for the summer—with a little maintenance, landscaping, and pest control, you can create the relaxing and personalized retreat that you deserve.