It’s spring, so get a head start on your outdoor space
If you have an irrigation system, turn the outside water back on and test it to make sure everything is working properly. While you’re at it, grab your spade and walk along the edge of your lawn, cutting a deep edging to separate your flower bed from your grass. This will give the lawn a neat look and prevent grass from spilling into the flowerbed.
You’ll have to wait to plant most vegetables and annuals until danger of frost has passed in your area, usually mid to late May. “Definitely research the recommended time for your area,” Ms. Freda said. “It will be different on Long Island than a few hours north.”
However, by March or April you can plant cold weather perennials and annuals and vegetables like kale, beets, carrots, pansies, violas and primroses. So start now.
Set the mood
Create rooms outside. If the space is big enough, set up a space for dining and another for casual seating. Maybe make a reading nook with an Adirondack chair and a side table under a tree. “You can really create a living room outside,” said Jade Joyner, owner of Metal + Petal and an interior designer with studios in Georgia and South Carolina. “It’s an extension of your home, it shouldn’t be your forgotten place.”
If your outdoor space is limited to a small balcony or terrace, make it as flexible as possible. Matt Armato and Beau Ciolino from ICT Tac and instagram Accounts Probably suggests going with a sofa and coffee table rather than a bistro table and chairs. If you decide to eat outside, the coffee table can still be used as a dining table. “Our configuration was two chairs on one side and outdoor beanbags on the other,” Ciolino said. The couple’s book,Probably this: housewarming, a guide to creating a home you lovewill be published in April.
Use planters to create barriers and privacy. If your space is tight, stand upright with a craft pallet or ladder leaning against a wall and filled with planters. “We created an herb garden in our last apartment,” Mr. Ciolino said. “It really is a vertical floating screen.”
Once the danger of frost has passed, take your houseplants outside. They will add character and thank you for all the natural sunlight. Introduce them slowly to the sun so they have time to adjust to the intense light.