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How to Stay Outside as the Weather Heats up

We’ve certainly waited long enough, and although our colder seasons weren’t too bad this year, they also reminded us that on top of everything else, we’ve really earned something to look forward to. In the year 2020, that means simple pleasures like having great weather. That said, we’re sure that each of our readers has had a year or two where they’ve dove in to our hotter seasons without a lot of preparation and suffered the consequences later. Check out this article with cautionary sunburn tales if you don’t believe us. Warning – while said article includes the most valuable of information, it can be tough to digest if you’re a bit squeamish. Don’t say we didn’t tell you so. The Taylor Fencing team works outside all day and because of this, we’re a bit de-sensitized to the excitement of changing weather. This is where we put on our logistical hats and think much more along the lines of when we can install the best fences and gates for our current and prospective clients. But you know if you’ve read the Taylor Fencing blog that we also love knowledge – and sharing it freely. Today is no exception, read on if you need ideas or tips on how to navigate this shift to the next season in 2020.

If there’s one universal tip that we believe applies to all of our articles and the information that we share, it’s the repeated refrain to “do your homework”. Not all seasons are designed equally, nor do they give with both hands depending on where you live. An area at a higher altitude may be far drier, so you’ll need to invest in different heating and cooling systems than an area where experts have shown will hold inordinate amounts of rain that season. When in doubt, prepare for all. Obviously, since the Taylor Fencing team is so focused on installing the best fences and gates around, our tips are first and foremost about your home. In the information age, there are lots of resources available, but we like this checklist to ensure that your home is ready for anything.

So, your home is now better prepared. The next thing on the agenda is to put together a plan of things to look forward to. It doesn’t matter if you live by yourself or with a family of 12, in the age of COVID-19, we’re thinking that everyone could use a few fun surprises in their futures. These work well as incentives to work hard and also boost morale – something we could all use right now. You may have written off outdoor adventures thanks to the pandemic, but it’s really just an opportunity to think in ways that you wouldn’t have before. Sites like these are great resources and will be updated on a regular basis.

If you’re not looking to or able to travel too far outside the confines of your property, that’s nothing to worry about. You know that we gravitate towards advice and experiences where you can bask in the beauty of the fence or gate lining your property, so we are your biggest champions and advocates for designing – socially-distant – backyard gatherings. Let’s start with the smallest group of attendees – your household only. Many of you may have pools. If so, it’s about time to get them cleaned, perform any maintenance and make sure that the younger household members are all up-to-date on safety protocols.

No pool? Again, no problem. But we’re making a wild guess that you’ll still want to gravitate outside. This is where we think through your yard’s needs are each season. The link above helps, but it also never helps to ask the experts – cough, cough, like the Taylor Fencing team, about what the insider tips are to ensure that your plants, flowers, grass and other areas are up to snuff. This will take a tonne of stress off of your shoulders and allow you to focus on how you want to use your outside space as the sun comes out.

In that spirit, it makes sense that you keep a rolling list of different games, activities, party themes, etc., that would work for any occasion. All you need to do is ensure that you’re adjusting any elements which call for lots of people in the same place, sharing food or drinks and all of the other recommendations made for life during COVID-19.

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t reinforce the age-old recommendation of taking care of your skin and health during spring and summer. The heat of the sun can sneak up on you, especially because we’re sure that you’re looking forward to it. That’s it’s secret weapon, so get ahead of it by stocking up on sunscreen and other similar products. Not only will you reap the long-term benefits associated, but financially – you’re beating everyone else to the store or online ecommerce site that you’re using to purchase your essentials. Also remember to hydrate. Whether you’re tossing around a ball in the backyard with your family or make a safe escape to a nearby body of water, in the heat, your body loses a lot more water. The general rule of thumb is eight cups a day, but we bet that you can beat that.

Above all, it’s important to have a great attitude going into this next season. It’s referred to as an unprecedented time for a reason… there are lots of questions ahead. Bottom line, do your homework, be safe and careful, and enjoy each other’s company in new and creative ways.

Questions? The Taylor Fencing team is always here and we can’t wait to kick off another successful couple of months with you. We don’t care what your question or comment is about – if it has any relation to a safe and comfortable home and property, we would be honored to be your go-tos.