Long hot summers can feel like they’re never-ending if you don’t have an adequate way to cool down.
No pool? No problem. In this article, I cover different ways in which you can cool down this summer, so even if you don’t have a watering hole in your yard you can still enjoy the season.
Keep reading to find out more.
How do you stay cool if you don’t have a pool?
The majority of us aren’t fortunate enough to have a pool in our backyards, and sometimes flocking to the beach with every tourist in your area might not seem like the most fun option to enjoy the sun.
So, what are some easy ways to stay cool if you don’t have a pool in your yard?
Invest in shaded lawn furniture
A simple, yet incredibly effective way to stay cool throughout the summer in your yard is to invest in some shaded lawn furniture.
One of the quickest ways to get some shade in your garden is simply to put up some parasols.
If your current patio table doesn’t have a place to support a parasol you can use this as the perfect excuse to get a new set of shaded lawn furniture or opt for a free-standing design.
Not only will you be able to enjoy the warmth when you’re sitting outside with a book, but you also have the opportunity to sit in the shade when the heat becomes a little too much. It’s the best of both worlds!
Make your own splash pad
If you have kids and you need a way to cool down but don’t want to join the crowds of people having the same idea of heading to the local splash pad, why don’t you try to make one yourself?
Simply grab a clean tarp along with a sprinkler and you’re good to go with your own backyard splash pad!
Install a misting system
Installing a misting system is not only a great way to keep your grass hydrated throughout the summer, but can also help you to stay cool throughout the warmer months if you don’t have a pool.
Misting systems can be hooked up to spray around the garden, on your patio, or wherever the hose is able to reach, and you’ll be thankful for it on those days where you feel like you can’t escape the sun.
Make summer inspired popsicles
If you’re struggling for ways to keep everyone cool whilst still enjoying the outdoors, why not try making summer inspired popsicles?
You can experiment with different flavor combinations, including your favorite summer berries, and get the whole family involved as a fun activity!
Not only will these popsicles keep you cool, but you’ll also keep the kids entertained for a little while, too - it’s a win-win for everyone!
Build a pergola
Pergolas are great for providing you and your family shade throughout the warmer months and are a beautiful addition to any garden if you don’t have a pool to keep you cool.
To maximize the shade from a pergola you will need to surround it with fast-growing climbers and shade plants, which will wind around the beams of the structure to create a natural roof that will shade you throughout the season!
Pergolas are also great for alfresco dining, making them the perfect focal point for summer dinner parties in your backyard, also.
Eat water rich foods
This might sound obvious, but making sure that you are eating plenty of water rich foods when you’re out enjoying the sun in your yard is a great way to keep cool.
Having fresh fruit cut and prepared is a handy way of encouraging your kids to eat more of their five-a-day, and will also help to ensure that they’re hydrated as they play outside.
From plates of fresh watermelon to big bowls of fruit salad, eating a variety of juicy fruit is a delicious way to keep cool!
Install a DIY water feature
If you fancy a bit of DIY to make your yard cooler throughout the warmer months, you could install a DIY water feature.
Backyard DIY waterfalls, streams, and other water features can provide a quick fix when you need to cool down on a hot summer's day.
Simply run your fingers through the spring or dip your toes in the water and you’ll feel like you have your own oasis in your backyard!
Make your own snow cones
Getting your hands on a snow cone machine for homemade snow cones is another excellent way of keeping cool throughout the warmer months, and your kids will love to get involved!
Not only can you buy a variety of different flavors so you’ll never get tired of making them, but you’ll also be able to make a delicious, refreshing treat from the comfort of your home.
Fruit infused water
Keeping on top of your water intake and making sure that you’re hydrated is essential throughout the summer.
Having bottles of fresh fruit infused water chilling in the fridge ready for you to drink whenever you fancy it is a great way to stay cool and hydrated when you don’t have a pool to jump in.
Invest in a summer house
Create a shady escape in your own yard by building a summer house in a secluded spot, away from the house.
Not only will you be able to feel like you’re making the most of the good weather in the summer, but when the sun becomes too much you can close the shutters and have a shady nap away from the hustle and bustle of your main family home!
Despite being similar to a garden shed, a summer house is great for doubling up as a guest house, too.
There are multiple ways to stay cool throughout the summer if you don’t have a pool. Next time you’re stuck for inspiration, why not give one of these ideas a try?