Summer Backyard Must-haves

Tish Benjamin

Summer’s in full swing and it’s time to head to the great outdoors. It’s time to take stock and pump some life back into the landscape with some Summer Backyard Must-haves:

  1. Haven for Feathered Friends: Whether your yard is large or small, welcome back our feathered friends with a birdhouse, bird feeder, or bird bath.  They’ll reward you with a summer fashion show and warble their own version of “Backyard Idol”!

  2. Flora, Fauna, Function, & Form: Add some bright and beautiful annuals to your perennial plot. Refresh those pots and planters with new summer foliage. Splashing water from a new outdoor fountain (tabletop or full-size) for serenity.  Wind chimes, stepping stones, and garden stakes add to the delightful display.   

  3. Outdoor Organizers: Add a few extras to keep those lawn and garden tools handy and in shape. A hose holder, potting bench, or even a bright-colored trash can will stash those tools in style!

  4. Cozy Corner: Turn one area of the yard (or porch) into a cozy place for reading, star-gazing, or just sittin’!  Doesn't have to be fancy. Try a garden bench or hammock, a pillow or two, and shade, of course!

  5. Entertaining Nook: Whatever your backyard’s size and style, make sure there’s a place to entertain guests.  A card table and chairs, picnic benches, bistro set. Add a hibachi, BBQ, or fire pit. String some twinkle lights for evening ambiance and you’re good to go!

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