While winter is lingering and spring is still a few weeks away, summer will arrive before you know it. When the days are their hottest and the kids are finally out of school, you’ll want your yard to be completely ready.
Classic summertime activities like barbecues, bonfires, pool parties and wiffleball games aren’t nearly as fun when the yard is in disrepair. To really make the most of this special season, you need your yard to be ready.
In order to have your yard properly prepared come June and July, you need to get to work as soon as possible. While yard clean-up is never easy, it helps to start the process with a detailed plan. Here are 8 ways to help you get your backyard ready for summer.
Get Your Lawn Ready
A lush, green lawn makes your entire yard look and feel much better. Muddy patches or weedy grass will seriously take away from the entire space’s overall look.
In order to get your lawn ready for summer, you need to start by giving it a quick mow and pulling up all the weeds. This might take a little bit of work, but you want your lawn to start the summer completely weedless. Then, you should fertilize and water the grass until you have it looking its absolute best.
Do Some Power Washing
Every year, the surfaces in your yard gather twelve more months of dirt, grime, and algae. All this will give your porch, walls, and walkways an ugly, discolored appearance.
While you could suffer through getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing all of these surfaces, you are much better off renting, buying, or borrowing a power washer. These wonderful machines make it possible to have your entire outdoor space sparkling in just a single afternoon.
Get Your Grill Ready
Barbecues with friends and family are often among the highlights of summers spent in the yard. If you are looking forward to hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling beneath the sun, then you should get to work cleaning your grill.
Unless you are particularly assiduous, you probably left the grating with a bit of grime and oil at the end of the previous summer.
The winter has likely added another layer of dirt to the mix. If you want those steaks to be flying off the grill by the 4th of July, it’s already time to get cleaning.
Invest In Some Comfortable Furniture
No matter how lovely an atmosphere you have in your yard, you won’t take full advantage of it unless there’s somewhere comfortable to sit.
With the right outdoor furniture, your yard and patio can be just as comfortable as your living room. Cushioned chairs and outdoor sofas could completely transform your yard’s appeal.
Use Mulch To Freshen Up The Aesthetic
Usually, a long winter leaves your gardens a bit worse for wear. Flower patches that once dazzled are likely to seem lifeless and grim.
In addition to planting some new flowers, consider adding fresh mulch to all your yard’s gardens. This simple step can immediately rejuvenate the entire space.
With the ugly soil covered by brightly colored mulch or wood chips, your gardens will regain their status as the beauties that tie your whole yard together.
Add Some Solar Lights
While summer afternoons can stretch long past dinner, sometimes the sun still doesn’t shine long enough. If you want to be able to enjoy your yard even after the sun has set, then you’ll need to invest in some lighting.
With modern technology, there’s no need to hire an electrician or run extension cords out from the house. A few well-placed solar lights will capture the sun’s energy during the day, then use that energy to illuminate your sitting area in the evening.
Provide Some Shade
No matter how beautiful you make your yard, nobody will enjoy sitting outside if the space is insufferably hot. Some summer days are horrendously sultry, and the sun can be just as dangerous as it is uncomfortable.
By adding trees, umbrellas, or canopies, you can provide the shade that will make your yard usable, even in the middle of a hot afternoon.
Add One Fun Amenity
While the aforementioned tips will get your existing yard ready for the summer, you can really take it to the next level by adding something fun and exciting to the mix.
Pools are awesome, but they represent a major investment. Hot tubs, hammocks, and volleyball nets can provide almost as much fun for a fraction of the price.
But even as we finish about the Summer plans, are you going for a spring break? What are some home improvement projects for the spring break? You need to get ready for the season. Spring is almost here, which means it is time to get your yard ready for summer. Follow these eight tips if you want to get the most out of your outdoor space this year.