What Makes a Great Outdoor Space?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA great outdoor space can be functional as well as beautiful, and should allow you to extend your living space beyond the walls of your house. By combining elements of earth, fire, water, and shade in your landscaping, you can have an outdoor space that improves your curb appeal and enhances your enjoyment of your home. Read on to learn more about what makes a great outdoor space.


Landscaping involves more than just plants, flowers, and trees. Natural elements such as rocks can be incorporated as part of your landscape design, and may be placed to delineate a walkway or to add visual interest. Stone paving will look great all year-round, and helps to anchor the overall space.


Outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular, and let you enjoy the outdoors as you cook instead of being cooped up in the kitchen. You can choose from a gas or charcoal grill, and have your setup be as simple or as elaborate as you want. If you prefer to keep your cooking indoors, consider adding a fire pit to your yard. A fire pit functions as a focal point and gives your guests a central location around which they can gather. This will also help you enjoy your outdoor space even on chilly nights.


Water is a precious commodity in desert climates such as Tucson, so it should be used wisely in landscape design. A small fountain located in your yard or even on a tabletop lends a soothing feeling to your landscaping—just make sure you are using water responsibly.


You can be outside more often when you have shade to relax in. A covered patio gives you a place to take refuge from the sun, and shady trees will help to make your landscaping even more welcoming.

Call Santa Rita Landscaping at (520) 623-0421 to learn how we can help you take full advantage of your outdoor space. We offer residential and commercial landscaping services to our Tucson area clients, and have over 75 years of combined experience. Visit our website to learn more about what we can do for your landscaping.

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