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Tips to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer Soirees

While the cold winter months may still be upon us, before we know it the long-awaited summer season will be here. Backyard parties and gatherings are a staple of summer for many. It’s the opportune time for family and friends to get together, whether for a reunion, party, or simply just to hang out.

Although a backyard gathering is less formal than a party held indoors, you still want your home to be as accommodating as possible. To help you prepare, here are a few tips to get your yard ready for your next summer soiree.

Trim and prune your trees
Since your trees most likely haven’t been touched all winter, you should take the time to remove any dead branches and rubbing limbs, and get rid of any hazards. Also, be sure to trim the shrubs around the walkways so that your guests don’t feel like they’re walking through a jungle. This will not only liven up your yard, but will help your trees and shrubs to stay healthy.
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Do some gardening
Brighten your backyard and make it feel more inviting with a beautiful backyard flower garden. Select a nice, visible area in which to plant the flowers, such as along a walkway or on the side of the patio. If you plan to have a larger garden, consider purchasing a combination of tall and short flowers for aesthetics. You may also want to keep the area protected and add some appeal with a small fence or a brick arrangement. You can also keep it simple by placing potted plants around the patio area and throughout your backyard.

Buy new patio furniture
Your backyard should be an outdoor oasis for relaxation and entertainment. Bring your home outdoors by creating a living room on your patio. Add a table with an umbrella and chairs with comfortable cushions. Arrange seating as you would in a family room to encourage gathering for good conversation. Don’t be afraid to use color to get your design to pop.

Add a new fence
One of the most common reasons to fence a backyard is to create privacy. A fence also adds aesthetics and keeps your pets secure. Whether your backyard doesn’t have a fence or you are looking to replace your current one, shop for cheap and elegant fencing to separate your outdoor space. There is an array of materials to choose from, such as wood, vinyl and metal, so opt for the one that makes the most sense for your wallet, longevity, and your personal sense of style.

Liven up your pool area with multi-colored stones
From a distance, your pool area may look fine, but close up, it’s probably a mess. The grass has probably deteriorated from the winter weather and the ground looks dry. Give the area style by adding a bed around the pool with multi-colored stones. The bed is easy to maintain and provides years of landscaping beauty.