How to Prepare Your Backyard for Spring

After one of the harshest Canadian winters I have faced in several years, I am so glad that spring is here. Now I am thinking of my backyard, the garden and all the things that are on my list as I prepare my backyard for the hopefully warmer days soon ahead. Have you gotten into spring thinking yet? Have you thought about how you will prepare your backyard for the spring/summer season? One of the easiest ways to prepare your backyard for warmer weather is to make a list and check it twice. Yes, I make lists for everything.

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How to Prepare Your Backyard for Spring

  1. Clean the backyard: First on my list is to clean the yard. You know, get rid of the leaves and garbage that magically appear after the thaw of a Canadian winter. This is also my time to assess what needs to be fixed, repaired or replaced.
  2. Clean and repair the deck: After a long Canadian winter, it is important to inspect your deck to determine whether or not it needs work.
  3. Tackle any repairs that need to be done: We usually have this done by the Easter weekend. We host a small egg hunt in the backyard so it is important that the yard is safe and ready to use.
  4. Create functional zones in your backyard: We love our garden—there is a play area for the kids, we have a grilling station and two areas for entertaining. With three families in our house, a multi-purpose backyard is a must.
  5. Decorate your backyard: We love adding pops of colour. Our flower beds add colour, and each season we head out and buy a few new pieces. New dishes for the eating area, a new table cloth, placements and pillows are all considered.
  6. Check the toys and play structures: We want to ensure the kids are safe so we always check these out and ensure they are cleaned and replaced when necessary.
  7. Check your cooking area: Does it need anything? Is everything clean? It might be a great time to start looking at the newest grills, or perhaps you want a smoker or a new backyard fire pit.
  8. Make sure the backyard is well lit: We loved adding some cute lanterns we found last year on sale.
  9. Check out flyers, articles and Pinterest boards for inspiration: Also be sure to take a walk through some stores with great outdoor spaces for design inspiration. Do you want a luxe look? You can have that. Do you want a casual space? You can have that too. Check out this article on how to make a statement with your patio.
  10. Make your backyard shopping list: Have you always wanted a great seating area? A new table and chairs? Multiple seating areas? There are so many ways to create a fun and functional space. With all this inspiration, I am sure you will find something new that you will want to try.

This weekend you will want to check out the Leon’s flyer for some great inspiration and sales.  There is nothing better than preparing that perfect spring backyard on a budget.

 

 

 

 

Getting Your Back Yard Canada Day Ready

If you’ve visited your local home and garden store in the last couple of weeks, you likely noticed that the seasonal aisle is stocked full of BBQs, patio furniture, and oh-so-fabulous backyard lounge chairs. Everything is red and white and definitely Canada Day ready. It can definitely be 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. It’s easy to get your backyard Canada Day ready.

1.      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 look brand new. This is great to get those cushions Canada Day photo worthy. 

2.      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. With all the rain we have had in Toronto this shouldn’t be a concern but might be a great trick for other parts of Canada. 

3.      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. There is nothing worse than dirt when you are throwing that family barbecue. 

4.      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.

5. Add Simple decor items.  Have red and white items in the house. Bring them out for your celebration. Did you know those white Christmas lights make for a great late night get together as you watch all the fireworks going off in your neighbourhood.

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 yard for your Canada Day celebrations? What’s different this year?

*I am a #ChurchandDwight ambassador and have been compensated for this post, as always my opinions are my own.