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Consumer Tips: Backyard Bash: Prep Your Backyard for Optimal Summer Fun

Summer is here and we’re all ready to head outside and have some fun. But before we do, it’s important to get our outdoors spaces ready. With that, Home Expert Bailey Carson is here from Angi to provide some insights on how to prepare your backyard for optimal summer fun.

Home care expert Bailey Carson said, "You’ll want to start with a clean slate, so the first step is a good cleanup. Removing those twigs, branches or leaves from past seasons is a good first step. Once you’ve got that done, give your grass a good mow."

Next, you’ll want to tackle some basic cleaning like power washing your deck and dusting off your outdoor furniture. If necessary, add a fresh coat of paint to the furniture to get it looking like new. Now that your backyard is really starting to look good, how can you make it feel good?

"Don’t let bugs and insects ruin your outdoor fun. Instead of coating yourself with bug spray each time you go outside, consider planting some bug-repelling plants in your garden—things like marigolds, citronella and lemon balm can do the trick." Bailey said.

These days, backyards have the potential to be so much more than where we plant simply some flowers and put up a swing set. Depending on your wants and needs, you can use spring as a time to turn this space into something much more extravagant.

"Think about what you can add to the space to really make it fun. A firepit is a great, inexpensive option that can be the centerpiece of entertaining. Add some string lights and speakers and you’ll be ready for a party." Bailey said.

With the right setup and effort, you can transform your yard into the place you’ll want to spend most of your time this summer. Get creative – the possibilities are endless.

"If you have the time and budget, think about installing an outdoor TV. It can make for some really fun outdoor movie nights. Or, if you want to go even bigger, think about having a pro install that dream outdoor kitchen. Investing in your outdoor living space typically has a great ROI." Bailey said.

Do you have questions about your home projects or home care business? Tweet your question using #AskingAngi, that’s hashtag asking a-n-g-i, and you may get some tips in an upcoming segment!

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