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Extending your patio season into fall

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Patio season in Toronto tends to run from the end of May until about the beginning of September – essentially during the warm weeks of the year. However, there is no need to shorten your patio enjoyment just because the evenings are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler. There are some very simple ways of extending your patio season well into October so that the dreary prospect of being cooped up during the winter doesn’t seem so daunting.

Adding a firepit is a great way of keeping the cold at bay and of warming up chilly evenings. Not only will a fire pit keep you warm, it also makes a great spot for roasting marshmallows, warming up hot toddies or grilling sausages on a stick. Sitting around a cozy fire will be very attractive to family and friends who want to be outside but don’t like the dip in autumn temperatures.

Adding patio lights or fairy lights is another good way of extending the life or your Toronto patio into fall. Even if the weather is warm, people tend to shy away from the outdoors when the light fades from the sky. Keep it illuminated with a lighting scheme that will brighten your evenings and encourage the party to move outside – regardless of what the sun says!

Patio coverings
Autumn can be cold and wet in Toronto. Instead of exposing your patio to the mercy of the elements, consider purchasing something to shield your from the elements. Whether it is a gazebo, an umbrella or some other canopy, creating a shelter will make it easier to enjoy fall days even if the elements don’t agree.

Outdoor heaters
If you don’t have space for a fire pit, then you can consider adding an outdoor heater to your patio. They are easily found at any garden supply centre or big box home hardware store and provide a great alternative to abondonning your patio too soon.

An alternative to a fire pit, if you have the space and the resources would be to add an outdoor fireplace. These brick or stone confections are ideal for creating just the right atmosphere for making the most of lazy autumn days.

Spending as much time outside as possible is something everyone wants to do while we can since winter traps us for so many months of the year. Getting around the chilly evenings and the failing light will help you to get more enjoyment out of your patio for longer in the year.


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