If you’ve never heard of a pergola, you’ve almost certainly seen one. These beautiful fixtures can make any home or business more welcoming and more enjoyable to inhabit. Just what are they? Why should you build a pergola for summer? Let’s take a look!
What Is a Pergola?
A pergola is a structure built, typically, of wood. It’s usually got 4 posts, making up the corners, and then a network of criss-crossing beams on top. These beams make a kind of cover, though it’s got many gaps that let through sunlight or rain.
Pergolas are often placed on patios or in yard. Not unlike a gazebo, they often have patio furniture under them. Frequently, they even have little stone pathways leading to them. These magical structures are good for a number of things.
The Benefits of Having a Pergola
What exactly are they good for?
First, pergolas are fantastic for growing flowering vines. If you enjoy plants and the beauty of vines, a pergola is exactly what you need. Creeping plants love to climb the posts of a pergola and weave themselves into the ceiling of criss-crossing beams. If you choose a vine that flowers, the leaves and flowers of the vines will block most of the pergola’s gaps. This will create a nice, shady place to sit beneath it.
Pergolas aren’t just good for plants that look great. They’re also great for supporting plants that are useful. Like growing tomatoes but tired of propping them up on sad little posts made of scrap wood? Build a pergola with some grips on the supporting posts and your tomatoes can climb them. People often forget that tomatoes are, first and foremost, a creeping plant. They’ll grow quite tall if you give them the space too. And, you get some tasty fruit out of them!
Even if you’re not much of a green thumb, having a pergola gives you a lovely place to sit in the warmer months. If you’re not interested in nurturing a vine (they’re pretty resilient!), you can still enjoy a pergola. You can use the many beams of the pergola to hang string lights or even fabrics that block out direct sunlight and provide some color.
Build a Pergola for Summer
If you’re interested in having a pergola built on your property this summer, don’t worry about DIY. You can skip getting your hands dirty and take a pass on the cheap, plastic pergolas from the store by hiring City Wide Post Hole Digging. We do more than just fences. We’re experts at putting wood together to make something great. Let that great thing be a pergola for livening up your backyard.
Give us a call if you’re interested in any of our services or have questions about prices, service times, or anything else. We look forward to hearing from you.