One of the best parts about my new home is the backyard. I got really lucky. It’s pretty big for a townhouse, and the grass is healthy and green. I’ve got a huge tree and the previous owners planted lovely perennial gardens. Plus, I’ve got a large patio that comfortably fits barbeque and my big table that seats 8.
Since I’m a new homeowner, I’ve been spending a lot of time at my local home and garden stores, and I’ve been drooling over all the new patio and backyard furniture. But, since the focus of my budget has been on the inside, I can’t really get anything new for my gorgeous backyard. While it would be tempting to go wild and create a fab backyard full of new loungers, chairs, and more, the reality is that I’ve got to stick with what I’ve got. So I’m following some wallet-friendly tips and tricks to help freshen my patio furniture up and keep my backyard looking as pretty as I can, for now.
- Make old, new again. Let’s face it. My chairs are old. They don’t have holes or anything, but they’ve got some stains and wear and tear. Since I can’t even think about tossing them, I gave them a clean. Here’s how I did it: Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water. I covered the chairs with the mixture and let it sit for 1-6 hours. Then, I hosed them off. They came out fresh and clean-looking. If you have cushion covers, do the same, but soak them then wash as normal.
- Win the weeding war. I don’t know a lot about gardening or how to tell a weed from a plant, but I do know this: weeds come out easier when the soil is wet. We’ve had lots of rain so mine are just coming right out, but if you havent been so *lucky*, just water them and once they’re doused, give them a yank. Plus, if the soil is moist, you’ll be less likely to disturb the other plants.
- Save with a little scrubbing. Once the snow melted I realized that my new-to-me patio stones were a bit grungy. Good thing there’s a simple solution for removing dirt, grime and stains from the patio, deck or even furniture. 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. Hose it off, and voila. Neat and clean!
- Rearrange Your View. This one is fun for me. Not only do I not have a garage, but I’ve got some awkward placements of air conditioner and kind of ugly looking backyard shed going on. Obviously, I don’t want to have the garbage to my table, nor am I’m not going to get a new shed or even be able to move it. So, I’m experimenting with moving things around to camouflage and make the space look more hospitable. I’m looking for a different idea for garbage storage, and tall planter boxes are about to become my new best friend.
- Go Green. While my yard is a decent size, it’s not large. So, I’m cutting my lawn with a manual mower. Between lugging bags of soil, moving furniture, pushing that thing and then raking up the cut grass, I’m getting a great workout. And a lot of satisfaction from my manual labour.
What I didn’t know what that after a weekend of planting, mowing, weeding and wheeling all by myself, my back, arms, legs – yes, even whole body – would be aching. By the end of the weekend I was ready to crawl into bed with my R Rub A535 Extra Strength Heating Cream (too bad I have no one to rub it in, but good thing that it works fast, is non-greasy, and won’t ruin my sheets).
How did you get your backyard ready for summer fun? Got any tips for me? I’m a newb and welcome whatever you’ve got to share.