Pretty Up Your Patio
Spring cleaning isn’t just an indoor activity. After all, why should your floors, carpets and windows get all the attention? With warmer weather fast approaching, it’s time to give your outdoor space a much-needed facelift -- your yard can also benefit from a bout of post-winter primping and polishing. To help you welcome spring into your space, we’ve put together some simple tips for taking your yard from chaos to order in no time.
Get your garden under control
If you have a garden, now is the time to clean it up and get it ready for spring planting. Remove any dead annual plants that weren't dug up in the fall. Gather any fallen branches or other debris that may have accumulated over winter so you have a clear canvas to start fresh. Most shrubs or plants with woody stems need to be cut back to encourage new growth, and other perennials that look ragged or unruly should be pruned. Once you're ready to plant, check out these tips for a gorgeous garden.
Organize and tidy
Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home. Rather than using your yard as extra storage for toys, tools and unused items, get organized and find a place for everything. Sweep the patio and clear it of any debris, dirt or errant twigs and branches that winter weather tossed into your yard.
Scrub patio furniture, eliminating several months' worth of dust and grime (which can accumulate even if your table and chairs are in storage). Clean your patio umbrella by laying it on a length of tarp or several old towels and washing with a sponge and all-purpose cleaner. Let dry in the sun before attaching to your patio table.
Buy an outdoor patio bench for instant storage like this Suncast Patio Storage Bench from Target ($129). Fill with extra blankets, pool toys or even candles and other small decor items you only bring out when company comes over.
Find an attractive storage solution for any garden tools you want to keep within easy reach. Think about painting an old wooden box -- scour garage sales or charity shops -- or use something you have on hand. Choose a color that complements your patio furniture for a stylish way to keep clutter at bay.
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