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Summertime has finally arrived, which means we all get to start enjoying longer days, shorter nights, and the cool drinks that come with them. It’s the time of year for long afternoons and lazy, leisurely weekends, and it’s also the time when your backyard is probably going to start getting a bit more attention than it does throughout the rest of the year.


Many of our backyards don’t get the full scope of our attention during the “off” months—but don’t worry! This just means that when summer finally rolls around, you’ve got another opportunity to make some exciting additions to your backyard.
Upgrade Your Must-Haves
Depending on how your yard is set up, you’ve probably got at least a few pieces of outdoor furniture that just about every yard should contain. Your tables, chairs, and barbecue are going to help create an inviting atmosphere in your backyard, but you want to make sure that you’re not still using the same spiderweb-covered items you bought a few years ago. Assess what you’ve got in your backyard, and see which pieces might be ready for an upgrade. Patio furniture tends to sit out and go unused for large parts of the year, so it might be time for some new additions.
Of course, plenty of your pieces will do fine with little more than a good scrubbing. Still, updating your sense of style every so often is always a good thing.
Create a Social Setting
Putting together the best backyard you can imagine involves engineering your space so that it’s naturally conducive to social gatherings. One of the best ways to do this is with what often winds up being the pride and joy of husbands everywhere: a good, old-fashioned deck. There are a ton of ways to go about getting yourself set up with the perfect deck, and you’re going to want to make sure you do your due diligence before you go about putting yours together. Every backyard is different, and you’re going to want to make sure you use the right materials and treatments so that your deck will be able to handle whatever elements it gets exposed to. You can head out to any general hardware store to find everything you need to put a great deck together, but sometimes a specialty outlet like Deck Expressions is a great way to find more specific tools and products that you might not be able to pick up elsewhere.
Don’t Forget About the Colors
Plenty of homeowners spend a ton of time putting together the best backyard around, but do so forgetting that color coordination is just as important as it is inside. Important to note is that when you’re outside, you have less control over what colors you’re going to work with. Depending on what your backyard is set up to look like, you’re likely have a set of colors that you’ll want to complement—the green of your grass, the color of your home’s exterior, and more. It’s important to remember when you’re sprucing up an outdoor space that attention to visual detail can help make your backyard every bit as cozy and inviting as your living room!
Summer is a time for sunny get-togethers, sipping drinks, and the simple pleasure of spending more time outside. Get your backyard all spruced up with these simple tips, and you’ll be well on your way to making Summer 2015 one of the best you’ve ever had!