Thursday, September 18, 2014

Getting Your Backyard Ready for Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and if you want to be ready to host your friends and family with that perfect barbecue, you should get started soon! If you live in a part of the country that faces harsher weather in the winter months, then you might want to first focus on general maintenance of your lawn and backyard space. However, if you live in a warmer area, then you may want to prioritize by first sprucing up your space with summer necessities, since maintenance will not be as much of a challenge. Either way, there is a great deal of work to be done as summer quickly approaches.

Start with a Yard Makeover

If your yard needs a makeover before summer hits, you will need to begin soon. Raking up leaves, fallen branches and other debris is crucial to prepare your yard for fun times to be had, but getting rid of that debris is one of the more challenging problems that you will need to address. If you can afford it, a good mulch making machine will accomplish wonders for you. By mulching the various items that mother-nature has scattered throughout your yard, you can simultaneously clean up your lawn while planting gorgeous flower beds that will bloom as summer says hello.

Lawn Preparation

If your lawn is suffering from the damage of the winter, try a product such as Patch Perfect Grass. While you should ideally seed and sod in the fall to let it settle before winter and be healthy by summer, it is not too late to salvage your lawn. Fast moving, weather resistant solutions such as Patch Perfect, allows you to quickly repair any flaws in your yard, and make your grass green and inviting for all of your guests. If you live in a warmer climate, it's time to fertilize with some Weed & Feed. Spring rains will help absorb it into the ground and your summer lawn will be healthy and green.

Plant Flowers

Plant wildflowers that will grow quickly can add some color to your lawn. With these small touches you can make almost any backyard an inviting space for summer barbecues and gatherings. Freshly potted flowers are also a nice touch on patios and decks.

Don't Forget the Lighting

Lighting is another way to make your backyard stand out. Japanese lanterns are a traditional way to light up your barbecues and other summer events, but flame-less candles can also add soft lighting to your yard. Solar powered lanterns are a great way to illuminate walkways while helping the environment. All of these tiny additions are great ways to accent and maintain your garden.

Extra Touches

There are also a few major items that can do wonderful things to help maximize your fun in the sun. Outdoor furniture such as quality tables, chairs and benches, can all make your backyard as comfortable and beautiful as the rest of your home. Picking out the right furniture for your yard can be fun, and the affect it has on the way your yard looks can be very fulfilling. These days, there are a few dominant styles to choose from in outdoor furniture, such as metal, wood and glass. Metal furniture is great due to its sturdy, long lasting and refined appearance.

However, metal can struggle to deal with the various elements of weather, and can quickly show its age through rust and changes in color. Wood is a second popular material for outdoor furniture and can enhance the natural look of your yard. Keep in mind that when wood is painted, it can become very fragile. Wood is also more fragile then metal in terms of potential breakage.

Glass furniture has the ability to give your yard a very high end, stunning look. The drawback of glass furniture, however, is that it becomes dirty quickly and daily maintenance is usually a must. Maintaining any furniture is a challenge. Purchasing a high quality vinyl cover for your furniture can make maintaining easier, but be sure to cover the furniture completely to keep it safe from unpredictable elements.

Getting your backyard ready for summer fun can take a great deal of work. Turning your backyard into a cheerful space to entertain guests requires demanding gardening and yard work, paying close attention to small details and investing in larger items such as outdoor furniture. With proper acquisition and maintenance of these items your summer dreams of perfect barbecues and family gatherings can come true, and you can celebrate your best summer yet.

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