Summer is the best season for home and yard improvement projects. With perfect weather and long daylight hours, it’s easier to find time for the projects that you’ve putting off all year. There are lots of ways you can improve the aesthetic of your lawn or patio–from replacing the furniture to planting new flowers–but if you’re looking for a truly unique change, consider giving your yard or patio a rustic aesthetic, centered around your fire pit. To give your backyard the feel of an outdoor retreat, consider the following upgrades:

Displaying Your Firewood with a Firewood Rack

One sure-fire way to improve the aesthetic of your yard this summer is to get a firewood rack for your firewood storage. A firewood rack allows you to display your high-quality, kiln-dried firewood in an elegant, organized way. This can give your yard a much more rustic, outdoorsy feel, even on nights when you don’t have your fire pit burning. As soon as a friend or neighbor walks into your yard, their eyes will be drawn to the rack, so it can immediately set the tone for your backyard as a rustic haven.

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An added benefit of a firewood rack is that it’s not just an aesthetic improvement: it’s also highly functional. When you’re storing kiln-dried firewood for your summer fire pit, you have to be extremely careful about keeping your firewood away from moisture. Moist firewood attracts wood-destroying pests like termites and carpenter ants, and it also promotes the growth of mold. In order to prevent moisture from getting into your firewood, you have to keep it off the ground and out of the rain at all times. A firewood rack achieves both aims, and it looks a lot better than the standard alternative: a bunch of firewood stacked on a palate with an ugly tarp strewn over it. By choosing a well-designed firewood rack, you can get rid of that eyesore for good!

Setting Up Authentic Wooden Seats Around Your Fire Pit

Whether your fire pit is on your patio or out on the lawn, another way to give it a more rustic feel is to replace your old plastic deck chairs with authentic wooden seats. As an outdoor enthusiast, you may wish you could spend more of the summer camping in the wilderness, but with work and family obligations, your fire pit may be the closest you get on most weekends. To make up for it, you might as well do everything you can to make your fire pit experience as authentic as possible by adding wooden seats–just like the ones at the campground, but more comfortable.

Adding authentic wooden seats to your fire pit setup can also coherence to the broader aesthetic of your yard. If you already have a fire pit and a firewood rack,these seats can bring it all together. Anyone who comes into your yard will have no doubt that it offers a rustic retreat from the outside world, even if you live in a suburban neighborhood.  

Upgrading Your Fire Iron to Match the Theme of Your Patio of Yard

You can add a touch of personalization to the overall rustic feel of your patio or yard setup by personalizing it with a well-designed fire iron. Some of the more rustic options include:

  • Basket weave
  • Smooth feather texture
  • Textured feather

With any of these designer fire irons, you can simultaneously boost the rustic feel of your patio or yard, while also highlighting your individual taste.

Keeping the Area Around Your Fire Pit Clean

When you invest time and money into your yard, you’ll inevitably start caring a lot more about keeping the area clean. You may want your yard and patio to resemble a wilderness setting, but you still want to preserve the neatness of a well-kept yard. The sight of a burned-out log or a trail of ash across the patio can detract from the overall aesthetic, drawing eyes away from the more appealing aspects of your setup. One way to make your fire pit area look more tidy is to add a fire pit cover. That way, when your fire pit is not in use, it won’t be a distraction from the rustic scene you’ve worked so hard to create.

For the day-to-day upkeep of your fire pit area, a high-quality ash shovel is indispensable. You might think that any shovel would do the job, but lower-quality shovels lack the curved handle that is specific for fire pit usage. With those shovels, it’s easy to spill ash and end up with a mess that can be tough to clean up. Not only is a steel ash shovel better-suited for the work, but it can also complement the wood displayed in your firewood rack and your fireside seat. Leaning up against your rack or a wooden seat, it fits right in with the your rustic setup.

Cutting Edge Firewood has everything you need for your summer yard improvement project–visit our order page now and get it delivered right to your door! We’d love to see the results, so don’t forget to take photos and tag us on Instagram!