How to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer Fun

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Okay…so it’s still a little chilly out there. But it’s certainly not too early to start thinking about how you’re going to prep your back yard for your guests and family.

Better to think about it now than to wait until the last second, scramble, and make a bunch of costly mistakes.

So here’s what to do:

  1. Get Your Lawn Taken Care Of

If you’d like to hire a lawn service to get your lawn beautiful and green, now’s the time to start thinking of that. It’s impossible to accomplish that feat in just a single treatment.

It really takes a series of treatments, depending on the severity of the problems with your lawn, to get it green and healthy again. So look at hiring a service to take care of it, or start strategizing your own plan of attack.

  1. Prune Your Shrubs, Hedges, and Flowers

By now, they look rugged and unkempt – especially your evergreens. Just make sure to research the different types of shrubs you have and proper pruning tactics.

Some shrubs, for example, can’t handle pruning at all and die instead. You don’t want your back yard to be a laughing stock!

  1. Get Your Patio Furniture Ready

You did remember to cover up your patio furniture for the winter, didn’t you? That helps prolong its life. Stay tuned to this blog – we’ll keep you updated on what to do to prep for winter.

For now, take the covers off, if you have them. Regardless of the material your patio furniture’s made of, wipe it down with teak oil. You may need to sand or place additional oil on wooden furniture that’s now discolored. Soap and water is all it takes to remove dirt from plastic furniture.

Is it covered in tree sap? No problem – just kiss that sap goodbye with help from your friend WD-40.

  1. Cushions and Fabric

Ideally, you store these in an indoor area. Nonetheless, they may still attract dirt, bugs, and stains. If you have highly durable fabric, simply wipe it down with a dry cloth. If you can take the cover of the cushion off, you may be able to wash it. However, make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions.

  1. Your Grill

Did you store your grill under a cover? If you didn’t, you may need some serious repairs.

Assuming everything’s okay, use a dry cloth to wipe down all surfaces. Clean the cooking surface per manufacturer recommendations. Soap and water may clean the grates. But others with rust may require a dry rub or oil.

Reconnect your propane tank. And give your grilling utensils a good cleaning too.

Do those things, and you have the basics in place. You’re ready to have a good time with all your friends and family this summer.