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Prep your yard and patio for summer

Getting your backyard and patio into tip-top shape for the summer can feel overwhelming. But with these 12 simple tasks, you can get your backyard ready for summer without much time or effort.

12 Ways to prep your yard and patio for summer


Sweep, power spray and restain your deck

Take a moment to sweep off your patio or deck and then use a power sprayer to get the remaining winter dirt and grime off. If you have a wood deck, consider restaining and resealing it if necessary. (Lowe’s, $299)


Clean patio furniture

Spring cleaning can do wonders for your home and your soul, so don’t forget to clean your outdoors, too! Grab the kids and a few rags and clean off all the dirt, grime and cobwebs from your patio furniture. (Lowe’s, $5)


Purchase new patio furniture

If your patio furniture didn’t make it through the winter, consider replacing old or worn furniture with something new. Or, if you don’t have patio furniture, purchase a set so that you can take advantage of your pretty outdoors this summer. (Home Decorators Collection, $1,399)


Update cushions and umbrella

If your furniture frames are in good condition but your cushions are looking a bit worn or out of style, simply replace your cushions or add a new umbrella to your space. (Overstock, $91)


Accent pillows

If your furniture and cushions all made it gracefully through the winter, consider yourself lucky! Take this opportunity to update your overall look and feel by adding a few fun and stylish outdoor accent pillows to your seating. (Home Decorators Collection, $20)


Add a planter box with flowers

Beautiful flowers always add a pretty touch to your outdoor space during the summertime. Adding planter boxes, either window or stand-alone ones, can give you extra space to decorate with a colorful array of fresh blooms this summer. (The Home Depot, $150)


Solar lights

Light up your pathways with pretty solar lights this summer. Not only are these super simple to install, but they also won’t increase your electric bill! (The Home Depot, $60)


Party lights

Add a little sparkle around your deck with a pretty set of stringed party lights! From caged string lights to colorful jewel-toned lights, these can truly add sparkle to your deck while reflecting your own personal style. (Target, $25)


Protect from pests

Don’t forget to protect yourself and your guests from pests! A simple citronella candle works, but pretty citronella tabletop torches are available in a variety of styles and colors to suit your personal preference. (Lowe’s, $8)



If you have outdoor electricity and an overhang, install an overhead fan to keep you cool on hot summer days! If that doesn’t describe your outdoor space, you can always bring a standing fan outside to help keep you cool. (Dyson, $400)


Outdoor rug

Another great way to spruce up your outdoor space is to add a decorative outdoor rug! Rugs come in a variety of styles and colors to fit your outdoor needs. (Home Decorators Collection, $259)


Add a fire pit

If digging a fire pit isn’t on your summer to-do list, you can still stay warm on cool summer nights and roast marshmallows over a pretty fire pit you bring home from the store. (Lowe’s, $200)

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