HOG outdoor space for summer

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Summer is a time for parties, barbecues, camping, and so many other activities. You can do all these in your outdoor living space and create memories with friends and family. However, before you plan a party, you need to get the yard ready. Here are six tips to make the outdoor space summer-ready:

1. Maintain the Landscape

Your landscape might be in bad shape when winter comes. Overgrown lawns, leaves everywhere, leaning trees, overgrown tree branches, and so much more. The first step in revamping the landscape is clearing the space and checking if there are any damages to any of the outdoor living space structures. Trim the lawn and repair any damages to the structures in your outdoor space.

2. Clean the Outdoors

Start by collecting and disposing of large debris in the outdoor living space. This debris, if not removed, can affect the plant life in your yard. Go on and clean the cookery materials, getting them ready for recreational activities with friends and families. If you own an outdoor grill, oven, or any other cookware, you need to get it ready for summer parties. If the cookware has any rust, you can use a little baking soda and vinegar to clean it and get it back into shape.

The area around the gas cylinders and other heat sources should be clean to minimize the risk of a fire. Ensure the gas supply and any electrical connections are in good shape.

3. Prepare the Patio

The patio is a good place to hold summer parties, grill meat, and do much more. You need to start by cleaning the patio. Use a pressure washer to clean the roof or cover the patio. If your patio roof is removable, you can bring it down and clean it from the floor and then mount it back. If it is an extension of the house, use a gutter brush guard after cleaning it to keep off leaves or large debris from the gutter. Repair any parts of the patio that might need repairs and then spruce it up with furniture and decor to add a pop of color.

4. Gardening

It takes time for flowers and other plants to grow, but it is all worth the effort. You can try hanging plants to spice up the area, but if you have sufficient space, you can try garden plants. You can also create a vertical garden with planter pots placed in a wooden pallet and placed against a wall or fence. If your budget allows, you can add a water fountain to add décor to the space.

If your outdoor space already has plants, all you have to do is ensure they are in good shape. Weed the garden and replace any dying plants. You can also introduce new plant varieties.

5. Spruce Up the Space

Once the yard is clean, you have done all necessary repairs, and the cookery materials are ready, you need to furnish the place, and bring in lighting. Start by setting a focal point, such as a fire or a water feature. The focal point is the feature that your family or your guests will congregate around. Bring in the furniture – do not be afraid to bring in color and pomp to refresh the look of the space.

Your space needs to be comfy. So, bring in some couches with comfortable cushions and pillows. You can even have a hammock and some lights to make the space feel cozy.

When tidying up the outdoor space, you cannot afford to overlook any area. Most individuals do not pay attention to redoing their drains. We all know how drainage is an essential component of a garden. However, what many do not know is that they are several great aesthetic ways you can use when beautifying your garden’s drain. One cool way to do so is to go for trench drain grate options. Not only do they keep debris from clogging your pipes, but they also help in lending a good-looking touch to your garden. 

6. Set Up Entertainment Features

You can install overhead speakers in your patio or bring a portable Bluetooth speaker for entertainment. You can also bring several games, such as cornhole, horseshoes, chess, darts, or whatever games your family and friends enjoy playing.

Set the games around the focal point. If you are planning for a summer party, you may need to do some special setup around a swimming pool or get an inflatable pool for the guests.


The outdoor living space needs to be warm and welcoming. It should feel like an extension of the indoor space, but with fresher air. Ensure that all the parts of the space are welcoming. If you are on a budget, simple cleaning and repairs will get the place ready. If your budget does not limit you, you can add water fountains and other features to make the area more inviting.


Author Bio.: Tracie Johnson

Tracie Johnson is a New Jersey native and an alum of Penn State University. Tracie is passionate about writing, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle. She feels happiest when around a campfire surrounded by friends, family, and her Dachshund named Rufus.


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