Having the sun shine over your backyard is a great way to get some tan during the summer, without going to the swimming pool or the seaside. However, creating some shade is necessary if you want to spend more time outdoors, and not be under the constant influence of the sun. This is why you should start thinking how you can shade your yard, and create a nice and comfortable ambience during the hot summer months.


One of the easiest ways to create shade in your yard is with an umbrella. Whether you want to shade pool lounge chairs, a seating area or cover your outdoor table, a patio umbrella will do just that. You can choose from a range of shapes and sizes and get the one that best fits your outdoor decor and that covers just the portion of the yard you need. However, umbrellas are prone to damage and their lift mechanism can easily break after strong wind.

Shade sails

When you need to cover a large portion of your yard, shade sails are one of the best choices. Thanks to their high-density polypropylene mesh fabric, shade sails will manage to lower the temperature in your home by as much as 20 degrees. Depending on the type of fabric you choose, you’ll get lower or higher UV protection. Shade sails are convenient sun protection, because you can easily remove them in winter and re-attach them the next summer. You can shade a courtyard, pool and patio with shade sails and they can even be a great protection for your car if you install them over your driveway.


Not only does a pergola provide shade, but it defines space, and creates privacy as well. While these structures are typically open, you can create a roof on your own, with climbing plants, and create a natural source of shade that will add aesthetic appeal to the entire area. Invest in a high-quality retractable roof pergola to add a lovely  indoor-outdoor room to your home. A pergola will provide you with a space where you can entertain, relax, and eat while creating great protection from the sun. They’re made of materials that won’t decay, twist, rot or warp, so you can rest assured it’s going to be a smart investment. If you opt for a covered pergola, your home will be more energy-efficient because it’ll reduce glare and heat from the sun. Moreover, pergolas can provide good protection from hail, frost and rain as well.

Natural shades

To create natural shade in your yard, think about planting various trees across your lot. Trees with reaching branches and dense foliage are a great option. The “Muskogee” crape myrtle is a good idea for smaller yards, while a 50 foot tall fern-leaved Catalina ironwood will look wonderful in a larger yard. For maximum shade, think about placing trees in the middle of the yard. Another way to cast natural shade over your yard is to train a vine up the arbour. The flower petals of Chinese wisteria will look beautiful during spring; just don’t forget to prune them once in winter, because they can grow out of control. If you don’t have large enough a yard to plant trees, arrange your outdoor furniture in a way that the neighbour’s tree can cast a nice shade over it.

Spending time outdoors is good for your health and your tan during summer, but you’ll need some shade from time to time to keep you away from damaging UV rays. Therefore, pick some of the best ways to create shade in your backyard and enjoy the warm weather without having to worry about feeling too hot or burning under the sun, but spend an entire day in your lovely backyard.