Summer Backyard Prep: Refresh Your Outdoor Space

Summer Backyard Prep: Refresh Your Outdoor Space

Longer, warmer days mean you get to rediscover everything that spent the winter buried in snow — including your backyard. And while all the pruning, mowing, and raking that awaits you may inspire dread if you loathe yard work, take comfort in your uncovered deck, that soon-to-be-budding garden, and especially your fire pit.

After all, the best of summer means outdoor gatherings, alfresco dining, and simply unwinding in the fresh air. (And odds are, even if you were spared the depths of winter, cooler weather and rain probably kept you mostly indoors the past several months.) So, why not prep your backyard properly? From how to keep insects pests away to how to ready your pizza stove, we have the essential tips you need to know to prime your backyard and enhance your summer experience.

Clean your grill grate

Before firing up the grill for those beloved summer cookouts, you’ll need to clean the grill grate thoroughly. Start by loosening any stuck-on food particles. You can do this by making a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it to the grates and let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Then, scrub with a grill brush or grill scraper to remove the build-up. Rinse the grate thoroughly with water and let it dry. Now you’re ready for those summer backyard BBQs.

Prep your pizza stone

If you enjoy making homemade pizzas in your outdoor pizza oven or grill, go ahead and get your pizza stone ready for the season. Begin by removing any leftover food particles or spots from the stone’s surface by using a damp cloth.

Avoid using soap or harsh chemicals, as they can leave residue on the stone. Instead, opt for a natural cleaning solution like a mixture of water and vinegar. Once cleaned, allow the stone to dry completely before using it.

Keep mosquitos away with citronella

While the warmer weather brings many delights, one downside is the increase in pesky insects like mosquitoes. To keep these bugs at bay while you’re entertaining outdoors, stock up on citronella candles, lanterns, or natural sprays and creams. Citronella oil is a natural insect repellent derived from the leaves of different lemongrass plants, making it an eco-friendly alternative to chemical insecticides. Simply place the citronella candles around your outdoor seating area to create a bug-free zone for your guests to enjoy.

Wash your outdoor linens

Before setting up your outdoor seating area for the summer, your linens need care. Go ahead and wash them, including chair cushions, tablecloths, and throw pillows. Use a gentle eco-friendly detergent, like our SaltyLama laundry detergent sheets, in cool-to-warm water to remove any dirt, pollen, or mildew that may have accumulated during the off-season.

For non-machine washable items, such as outdoor rugs, spot clean them with a mild soap and water solution. Allow them to dry in the sun.

Optimize your backyard space

Things might have piled up during the off-season. Take some time to declutter and organize your outdoor space to create a welcoming environment. Store any winter items, such as patio furniture covers, racks, and other miscellaneous items, then sweep the patio, tidy up, and arrange your outdoor furniture in a way that encourages conversation and relaxation. You can also add decorative elements like outdoor rugs, throw pillows, and potted plants to enhance the ambiance.

Inspect your outdoor lighting

Lighting is such a vital part of creating a cozy space for evenings spent outdoors. So, be sure to check your outdoor lighting fixtures to ensure they are in good working condition. Replace burnt-out bulbs, clean the fixtures, and trim any overgrown vegetation that may be obstructing the light. For a sustainable approach, add solar-powered lights or LED bulbs to conserve energy while also creating a warm, inviting atmosphere in your backyard.

Prep your garden beds

If you have a vegetable garden or flower beds in your backyard, now is the time to prep them for summer growth. Clear away debris, weeds, or dead plants leftover from the previous season. Give the soil some love by adding compost or organic fertilizer. These will help to replenish nutrients and improve overall soil health.

Plan your summer garden layout and start planting seeds or incorporating your favorite summer vegetables, herbs, and flowers from your local nursery.

Add a relaxation zone

Ditch the hustle and bustle this summer by incorporating a cozy relaxation zone in your backyard, where you can unwind and enjoy the summer weather. Feel free to get creative with hammocks, lounge chairs, or a comfortable outdoor sofa where you can read a book, take a nap, or simply soak up the sun.

To make it even more inviting, add some outdoor cushions, throws, plant life, and a side table for drinks and snacks. These will maximize your cozy spot in the backyard.

And if you are looking for ways to make your outdoor area more sustainable, consider these landscaping tips to create a green haven that will nurture local plant and animal life while also boosting the value of your property. 

Whether you’re hosting a party, dining alfresco, or simply relaxing in the sun, a well-prepped backyard is sure to enhance your summer experience while creating lasting memories with family and friends. Enjoy!

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