Getting Your Backyard Ready for Summer

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Every homeowner has the same thought once spring rolls around – how do I get my home ready for summer? While you are busy thinking about washing the windows and dusting the fans, don’t forget about your backyard. After all, the chances are you’ll spend a lot of time out there when the sunshine hits!

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If you want to enjoy your outdoor space this summer, here’s how to get it ready in time.

Plant More Greenery

Let your garden breathe life into your outdoor space by planting more greenery. Spring is a good time to do so, as they will start blossoming once summer starts, and you can enjoy the various foliage, flowers, and trees.

If you want a more interesting plant, why not plant a cactus? They look amazing in the summer sunshine. Consider getting a Prickly Pear Snow Cactus or a Partridge Breast Aloe to spruce up your outdoor space. 

Add Shade

The summer brings a lot of heat, and while you are grilling meats and sipping lemonade in the sun, you will want some kind of shelter from the sun. There are plenty of ways to add shade to your backyard. You could plant a large tree, get sail shades, or invest in a pergola. Make your pergola even prettier by growing climbing plants around it!

Clean the Grill

It’s not summer without some grilling in the sunshine. Don’t wait until the day you’re craving grilled steaks to clean it, though – it’s a tough job! Instead, clean it now to prepare for the summer.

Invest in a Water Feature

What is better than sitting by a gentle flow of water on a hot day? A water feature is an excellent addition to any backyard, especially in time for summer. The maintenance isn’t as high as you’d think! You could get a waterfall fountain, a rain curtain, or even a Koi Pond. Any of these water features will instantly beautify your garden.

Jet Wash the Patio

The chances are your patio is not the same color now as it was when it was new. Luckily, there is a simple fix for that – jet washing. Jet wash your patio and watch all the accumulated dirt make way for fresh pavement. Not only will you enjoy a cleaner patio, but the act of jet washing is an incredibly satisfying one!

Get Rid of Weeds

Weeding your garden takes a bit of grit and time, but it’s essential to do before summer rolls around and new plants start budding. Otherwise, you’ll end up doing it in the scorching heat! Choose a day that isn’t too hot, and get outside to remove all the unwanted plants.

Set Up a Seating Area

Inevitably, you will spend more time outside when summer comes along. To make that experience better, set up a seating area in your backyard. There are tons of different types of outdoor seating furniture, so you are sure to find one that matches your backyard’s aesthetic. Get as creative as you like! For extra comfort, consider getting a snug seat.

If you already have outdoor furniture, clean it thoroughly before getting it out for summer. It has likely collected a lot of dirt and dust during the winter months!

Clean Out the Pool

If you are lucky enough to have your very own pool, be sure to clean it out before the days grow longer. You don’t want to do it in high heat, after all! Consider getting your water professionally tested, too, to ensure it’s safe and clean to swim in.

Mow the Lawn

When was the last time you mowed the lawn? With summer right around the corner, now is the time to do it! Once you smell the freshly mowed grass, you’ll instantly feel like summer is already here. Plus, you can enjoy a pristine lawn.

Remember to check your lawn for small, burrowed animals. You might find some baby rabbits. If you do, remove them by calling a wildlife rehabber or safely transporting them to a safe space.

Getting your backyard prepared for summer takes a bit of effort, but once you are enjoying lemonades, grilled meats, and cocktails out there, you’ll be glad you did it!

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