It’s that happy time of year again. The sun has reared its beautiful head, and it’s time to get friends and family together, fire up the barbecue and bask in the glory of long, hazy days. The trouble is that by the time summer comes, the effects of winter have become increasingly apparent in your back yard. If your yard is more shabby than a show home, and you’ve got a reputation to protect, you’ve come to the right place.
With this handy guide, you’ll be summer party ready in no time.
Clear Out The Backyard Junk and Clean the Garage
Spring is the ideal time of year to clear out your home and your backyard. Get rid of all the clutter and do some serious prep work in the yard to tackle the aftermath of storms, frosts, and months of neglect. Pick up trash, weed your flower beds and rid your decking, gravel pathways and patios of stray nettles, twigs, and leaves. This is the most time-consuming and arduous job, but once it’s done, you can turn your attention to much more enjoyable activities.
Plant, Prune, and Trim Your Shrubs and Plants
Nothing makes a yard stand out like trees, plants, and flowers. With summer fast approaching, it’s time to flex your green fingers and add some color and interest to your outdoor spaces. You can fill beds with plants from the garden center, plant trees that will bloom all year-long or scatter tubs, planters, and baskets filled with trees and flowers around the garden. You don’t have to be a maestro to get results. Follow planting instructions and water your lawn, beds, and planters on a regular basis.
Create Areas To Entertain Guests
If you’re planning to have friends over, you’ll need a suitable entertaining area. There are all kinds of cool ideas out there, from al fresco kitchens to bijou dining zones adorned by string lights, floor cushions and planters. Design an area that fits the style and size of the yard. Decking is a great addition to both rustic and modern gardens. If you already have decking, take the time to preserve it using varnish or tung oil before you send invites out. You can find every last detail you need about using tung oil on woodwork online. If you don’t have a huge garden, you can still host a great gathering. Make use of the space you do have and use creative seating solutions, like corner sofas or quirky benches or seats made from reclaimed pallets or industrial cylinders. Be imaginative, look online for inspiration, and don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.
Make Your Backyard Pop With Outdoor Music and Lighting
Your beds are pristine, and your outdoor furniture is in place. Now, it’s time to focus on adding ambiance and setting the tone. Investing in outdoor lighting and a sound system can elevate your parties to the next level and ensure your yard caters for all occasions. After a late night party, you can adjust the settings on your lighting and put a chilled playlist on to soak up the sun and enjoy some much-need R&R.
Summer is a time for the man of the house to shine. If you’ve got a reputation for throwing the best parties, now is the time to prep your yard and ensure you’re ready to make the most of the warm weather.