Make a Proper Plan for Your Outdoor Space

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Marleny Hucks
Marlene (or Marleny as she is known in Spanish) is a mentor, teacher, cross-cultural trainer, storyteller, writer, and for those who have been under her leadership or simply sat across the table from her, she is a mirror of destiny. Her love of word and image were formed early on by one of her heroes, Dr. Seuss. If you asked those who know her well, they would describe her a compassionate, funny, wise, curious, honest, real, strong, sensitive and totally human which comes out as she teaches and writes. She sees all of life, even the most mundane, through faith and believes that who we become as we live this side of the veil is what matters not the journey itself or our circumstances. Marleny Hucks has spent her life crossing bridges. She comes from a diverse background of ministry roles and contexts as well as has transitioned in and out of the business world. Having lived outside the country as well as traveled extensively she has a fascination with culture causes her to live her life within a global mosaic no matter where her feet are planted. Marlene currently lives in South Carolina with her husband David, who owns a news company but who she says is a “crime fighter”, bringing light into darkness in their systems of their city. Marleny currently works as a content management specialist covering Myrtle Beach News for MyrtleBeachSC News.

Do you have outdoor space to use but you’re not really sure what to do with it? It can be hard to decide how to use space in the best way, which can lead to you not really doing much with it. If you’re stuck and don’t know what to do with the space that you have, you need to come up with a plan. Maybe you’re currently using it, but you haven’t done anything to organize it or make it usable. Or perhaps you avoid even looking at it because you find it overwhelming to think about how to use it. However you feel about it, consider the following to help you make more of your outdoor space. 

Create Different Zones

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Zoning your outside space can be a great way to use it to its maximum potential. If you can’t decide what to do with it or have lots of ideas, you can separate the space into various zones. This enables you to use your outdoor space in multiple ways, depending on how you’re feeling, the season, or your different needs. One part could be for the kids to play, another could be for outdoor dining, and another could be for growing vegetables.

Balance Landscaping and Hardscaping

Combining both plants and hardscaping can help to create a balanced outdoor space that suits you. It’s also something to think about in terms of how much maintenance you’re willing to do. If you don’t really like gardening, you might choose more hardscaping elements and fewer plants. Of course, hardscaped areas also need to be maintained, but they don’t need as much care and attention as a lawn or various things you might choose to plant. You can combine grass, flower beds, and trees with paths, decking, and walls to get the look you want.

Set Up Outdoor Living Space

If you want your outdoor space to be more than something to look at, think about how you can use it as an outdoor living space. There are multiple ideas for patios or decking that can help you to create the perfect space for dining or other outdoor living. Set up a dining table and chairs, a cozy seating area, or perhaps even an outdoor kitchen. You can even make sure these areas can be used all year by setting them up for different seasons with cover for shade or outdoor heaters.

Have a Maintenance Plan

Once you have decided what to do with your outdoor space, you should also think about how to keep it in good condition. A maintenance plan will give you an idea of how much you need to care for the space. You can create a schedule that you can follow throughout the year, whether it includes mowing the lawn, hosing down the decking, or any other tasks that are required for ensuring your outdoor space looks good all year.

Make a plan for your outdoor space to put it to good use and ensure it’s not going to waste.

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