Warm breezy nights, outdoor pits, barbecue and entertaining on the patio – It’s time to get your backyard ready for summer! Your local home and garden store is stocked full of BBQs, patio furniture and relaxing backyard lounge furniture.
As tempting as it is to toss out the old stuff that’s been sitting in your garage all winter – or worse, taking a beating outdoors for the past few months – a few simple, budget-friendly tips and tricks will help to make everything old look new again, and get your backyard ready for summer!
Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer
Make old, new again
There’s nothing worse than removing your patio furniture cushions from storage and realizing they’re all stained. Before you think about tossing them, give them a clean. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water and let the cushion covers soak for 1 to 6 hours, depending on the severity of the stain. Wash as normal and your cushions should come out stain-free and looking brand new.
Win the weeding war
Did you know that watering your weeds makes it easier to pull them out? If it hasn’t rained in a few days, water your weeds before yanking them. Fun fact: If the soil is moist, you are also less likely to disturb any plants nearby.
Decorate with outdoor lights
Outdoor lights are decorative and fun, with just enough sparkle to keep the light from being distracting. There are different options with pretty colours and shapes. Wrap a tree, drape along a fence, or drape them down a table for a twinkling centerpiece.
Save with a little scrubbing
There’s a simple solution for removing dirt, grime and stains from patio furniture and even your deck. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water (following the instructions on the package) and apply the solution to almost anywhere. Let stand for a few minutes and scrub as needed. It will leave everything looking neat and clean again.
Wheel your way to wonderful
Re-arranging rather than replacing is also a good way to give new life to your backyard. Consider moving planters and patio furniture to different spots within your space to give it a wonderful new look and feel. Remember, you’re not alone when moving heavy items like lounge chairs… there are wheels to help! Wheeling your furniture around doesn’t eliminate all the hard work but will put less strain on your back.
Make your own accents
There are plenty of decorative DIY garden projects that you can create to enhance your backyard space, including casting your own stepping-stones and designing your own tabletop fountains. Check out Pinterest for some inspiring ideas.
Be prepared that after a weekend of weeding and wheeling, your back, arms, legs – yes, your whole body – may be aching with pain. Make sure you leave yourself enough time on Sunday evening for a warm bath and a few hours curled up with a good book or movie. Before going to bed, rub and soothe your sore muscles (all of them!) with Rub A535 Extra Strength Heating Cream. The best things about this product is that it works fast and is non-greasy so you can put it on right before going to bed and it won’t stain your sheets.
Have you started prepping your backyard for the summer months? Share your favourite budget-friendly tips for getting your outdoor space, garden party ready!
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