7 Must-Haves for Your Outdoor Entertaining Space

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One benefit of living in Southwest Florida is that we can enjoy the outdoors at any time of the year. Although you may have done some outdoor entertaining this summer, we bet you’re also looking forward to spending time in your yard or on your deck with family and friends during the cooler days and evenings of fall and winter in Florida. If you’re looking ahead to outdoor entertaining for the upcoming months, here are seven must-haves for your space:

  • Plan for shade. Some of your guests may want to take in the rays, while others want to hide out in the shade. Make sure your outdoor entertaining area has a place where they can shield themselves from the strong Florida sun. Trees can provide natural shade.

  • Outdoor lighting. If you’re entertaining in the evening, you can use a wide variety of lighting that can set a mood, provide safety, and illuminate your beautiful outdoor living space. For more outdoor lighting ideas, check out the blog for our sister company, Arbor Illuminations.

  • Fans. This is yet another essential in the Florida heat. Fans make areas like lanais easier to enjoy year-round.

  • Greenscapes. Nowadays, there’s a big focus on using plants and other greenery to provide a tranquil, natural look to outdoor green spaces. You and your guests will love the look. Embrace this eco-friendly trend by choosing plants that attract native birds, butterflies, and bees.

  • Comfortable seating. Think about the variety of guests you may have coming to visit. Aim for comfortable, easy-to-clean outdoor seating that can accommodate everyone’s different needs. 

  • A grill. Charcoal, gas, or both? The debate over the best type of grill rages on, but the important thing is that you choose one you can easily use and clean.

  • Something to help repel bugs. Whack! Was that another bug beside you? Probably. Did you know that lavender plants can help reduce the number of insects in your yard? Give them a try! Otherwise, in addition to traditional bug spray, there are essential oil companies that sell natural insect repellent. There are also citronella products sold at many stores to help ward off mosquitoes. Trust us—your guests will appreciate your efforts to keep the creepy crawlers away.

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At Arbor Landscapes, your property is our mission. We are a full-service landscape company offering a variety of services, including an eco-friendly space, lawn care, xeriscaping, lighting and irrigation. Arbor Landscapes is dedicated to providing service in Siesta Key, Bird Key, Longboat Key, Casey Key, Sarasota, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, and Lakewood Ranch. We have extensive experience working in the Florida climate and are committed to creating the landscape of your dreams. Whether you need lawn-care maintenance, landscaping design, or want to try eco-friendly xeriscaping, Arbor Landscapes is your company. We are here to transform your lawn into something amazing that you will love. Call us today at 941-927-8002, or visit us online.