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Summer is right around the corner, and soon people will be spending time outside with friends and family to enjoy the fresh air. Before they can begin their summer entertaining, many homeowners will want to update their landscaping and help their yards recover from winter. Here are some summer landscaping ideas to get your yard ready for cookouts and parties.

If you have any decorative stones or bricks, you will want to pull weeds that may have grown in the gaps and edge the walkways and patios. If you are feeling ambitious, you could even sweep to get rid of any mud and dirt that may have accumulated during the off season. Because landscaping stones come in a wide variety of colors, be sure to take that into account if you intend to purchase new patio furniture.

Pest control is an important part of summer landscaping, especially if you enjoy eating meals outside. While you may not want to use harmful chemicals, there are many ways to keep unwanted insects away from your dining areas. Many bugs are deterred by certain plants. Marigold, catnip, and basil are natural mosquito-repellents, while lavender repels flies and fleas. Plant these herbs and flowers near your outdoor seating for bug-free dinners.

One of the most popular summer activities is sitting around a bonfire, toasting marshmallows. Keep your fire pit free of weeds and other plants that may pose a fire hazard. Keep a fresh stack of seasoned firewood far enough away that the fire won’t spread where it’s not wanted, but close enough that you won’t have to go very far to add it to your fire. Firewood should be kept covered when not in use so that it doesn’t get rained on and mildewy.

With a tidy patio, a functioning fire pit, and natural bug repellent, your yard will be ready for summer entertaining. More like this.

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