Spring is here – First Steps to get your backyard ready

April 14, 2011 Katja Presnal

The Company Store started a new blog called Company Living to give home tips for their loved customers. Here are some of their tips how to get your backyard ready for summer! Now it’s the time to take inventory of your backyard essentials, what you have, what you don’t, and what you want this summer. Clean up the backyard, and start thinking how to create the backyard you are hoping for. Many brands, including The Company Store, offer pre-season sales so you can get amazing deals by starting early.

Start planning for planting.

Nothing ushers in spring as visually as perusing seed catalogs or clicking on gardening websites. Make a list of flowers or vegetables you’d like to try this year, and be sure to choose varieties that will thrive in your climate. Planning early ensures that you’ll plant early enough to enjoy the full season of all your plants.

Power wash your patio or deck.

You can spend money on new patio furniture and endless hours getting your garden in shape, but all that hard work is tarnished if your patio isn’t up to par. If you don’t own a power washer, you can easily rent one. Just call around to your local rental centers and home stores now to find the best price.

Clean your patio furniture.

Even if it’s been covered or stored safely in your garage or shed all winter, furniture will still need a good cleaning. Use a mild dishwashing soap and a soft brush to spruce up your outdoor furniture.

Clean your grill, inside and out.

When the mood hits for that first barbequed steak, you’re not going to want to spend time scrubbing and scraping. For best results, use a wire brush after every use and you’ll only need a quick touchup the next time you fire up the grill.

Make the garden pretty.

Pick-up stray sticks and leaves, and trim back shrubs or bushes that look scraggly. Not only is an unkempt yard unsightly for guests, sticks can be a tripping hazard. Add fresh mulch to flower beds and other landscaped areas. This will give your patio and/or deck a beautiful, cleaned-up appearance while protecting young shoots as they sprout in early spring.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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