Summertime brings outdoor parties and fun activities with it. After a long winter, your backyard might not be ready for guests. Before you start hosting parties, you should ensure that your landscape is picture perfect and ready for an outdoor party. Here are some tips for preparing your backyard:
Get a Lush Lawn
Despite withstanding hours of foot traffic, your lawn can still manage to look splendid with proper care. Make sure that you invest in an automatic lawn sprinkler to keep your grass watered and healthy. You need to learn how to mow your lawn the right way.
Start by measuring the cutting height of your lawn mower and adjust it to three inches if necessary. When mowing, you should do it in straight lines back and forth and overlap the passes. To cut grass that is near flowerbeds, you should use a string trimmer.
Polish up Your Walkway Surfaces and Driveway
After a season of shoveling ice and salting, your hardscaping will not be looking great. You can get rid of the signs of a harsh winter by repairing the crumbling areas and cleaning paths. You should start by power washing your walkways to remove dirt and debris.
If your driveway is showing signs of aging, removing it with a bulldozer is not your only option. Nowadays, you can use a polymer-based cement resurfacers to make your cracked and weather worn driveway look brand new.
Prepare Your Outdoor Furniture
After you leave your furniture outside in the rain and strong sunshine, it will take a beating and start looking old. After some time, the frames on your furniture will start looking rusty and the vinyl straps will loosen and discolor. To give your furniture a new lease of life, you should consider touching up the frame using enamel paint to hide the scratches. You could also replace the old vinyl straps on your furniture.
Build a Fire Pit
On a cool summer night, you and your friends can gather around a fire pit for some warmth and marshmallow roasting. If you want to build your own fire pit, you should ask for help from a person who has done it before. Otherwise, you should just hire a professional to do it for you if you want to avoid making costly mistakes.
Build a Picnic Table and Benches
If you want to have your extended family over for a barbecue, you should add a picnic table and benches to your backyard. This type of climb-over seating and elbow-to-elbow dining arrangement will work in all terrains. If you do not want to sit on the deck, you should get in touch with a carpenter and ask him to build a picnic table and some benches for you.
Create a Bar
Instead of going into the house to get drinks, you should create an outdoor bar. A bar will give you a steady surface to serve your drinks from and prevent spillage. If there is a dedicated place where everyone comes to collect drinks, you will be less likely to lose the bottle opener.
Update Your Deck
If your deck has any signs of decaying wood or loose railings, you should repair the problem before you invite people to your house. Once you repair it, you can clean, paint, and restain it for a great look.
If you are preparing your backyard for a party, the above tips will come in handy. Because you will be using the kitchen to prepare meals, you should invest in appealing lighting fixtures such as a kitchen lantern. You do not want the guests to see an outdated kitchen.