When the days are shorter and the weather’s cooler, many otherwise outdoorsy folks find adventures becoming less frequent. But that doesn’t mean you should cut down on the time spent outside—especially when it comes to relaxing close to home, in your own backyard.
In fact, it’s easy to argue that winter is the most critical season to keep your backyard, front porch, or patio as cozy as possible. When trails are inaccessible, these spaces become a sort of nature home base—a crucial spot to rest, recharge, and gather during the roughest months of the year.
Here are 12 things you can do to cold-proof your outdoor space and keep those backyard parties rolling all year-round.