What’s New In Outdoor Living For 2009?

What’s New In Outdoor Living For 2009?

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Warm weather continues to spread across America, getting people outside for longer periods of time each day compared to just a few weeks earlier. Soon, backyard barbecues will be fired up, patio furniture will be brought out from storage and child play things put back in the yard.

patio furnitureMaybe this season you’ll want to pick up a few more things to complete your outdoor living experience, items which can make your patio, deck or lawn an extension of your home. I like to keep my eyes open for what retailers are selling each season, noting a number of trends that are certain to catch the eye of shoppers.

Smart Shopping For Outdoors Stuff

Because we’re still feeling the effects of a deep recession, consumers will be very selective when they make a purchase. This means that retailers will be slashing prices, making it a good time to shop around for the best deals.

Among the more notable trends I see unfolding for the 2009 outdoor season are:

Wicker – Wicker seems to be in vogue this season as all of the stores are featuring complete dining as well as “conversation” sets with a wicker look, but more often made out of resin. It seems that people still like the wicker look but prefer something like resin which can withstand the abuse and hold up better under rainy conditions.

Cascading Fountains – Bird baths have long been popular landscape attractions, but garden and pedestal fountains seem to be gaining in prominence. Thanks to the use of lighter, weather-resistant materials, nicely designed fountains can be set up and put into use quickly.

Lighting – Japanese style lanterns have long been popular string lighting options, but I’m seeing many variations on that them including woven ball string lights and silver lantern lights. Whimsical lights styled as watering cans, leaves, even black bees seem to be almost everywhere.

Kids Gardening – You want to teach your children how to garden? Then get them kid sized trowels, hoes, rakes and shovels to help out. Child friendly tools have been available for years, but now they’re available in pastel colors, bright shades of green, blue and pink for the aspiring gardener.

Barbecue – Charcoal grills continue to have their place, but gas grills are the favorite of many. Now, I’m seeing nicely designed entry level grills selling for under $100 with even some of the larger, stainless steel grills retailing for under $300. Tip: If you don’t want to pay full price, hit up some garage sales this spring to see who is selling their’s.

Many Americans will probably be spending more time around their homes this summer instead of taking long trips. This means that homeowners will be rediscovering local places to visit and making the most of their yards, decks and patios throughout the warmer months.

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