A Monthly Checklist for Keeping Your Backyard in Order

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Just because your backyard is “the outdoors” doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a little TLC

If you’re like most people, your backyard doesn’t get as much attention as it should. But a Reader’s Digest poll found that over 30% of people would rather upgrade their outdoor space than take a week-long vacation. But how can you enjoy your backyard when it looks more like a jungle than an oasis? Use this checklist once a month to make sure that your backyard is staycation and party ready—all year long!

• Mow the lawn
• Weed the garden
• Remove cobwebs from patio screens
• Inspect the fence for rot, rust and signs of burrowing
• Skim and treat the pool
• Clean up doggie droppings
• Remove debris (fallen palm fronds, leaves, etc.)
• Maintenance for any tools stored back there
• Powerwash the pool deck
• Clean outdoor furniture, patio umbrellas and cushions
• Wash the hammock
• Inspect the treehouse for signs of wear or infestation
• Clean the grill
• Wash the outside of sliding glass doors and rear-facing windows
• Dust light fixtures and test for burnt out bulbs
• Remove standing water
• Look for signs of pests and take the necessary precautions

Tips for backyard cleanup

• Wear old clothes, it’s a messy job!
• Wear gardening gloves to protect your hands
• Bring trash bags outside with you
• Gather your tools before you head out, it will make it go faster!
• Clean on a cloudy day when rain isn’t forecast
• Take hydration breaks
• Enlist the help of your spouse and kids, turn it into a game
• Don’t switch between tasks, focus on one thing at a time
• Use chemicals cautiously around pets and children
• Dispose of all trash in the proper receptacles
• Don’t do more than you can. If you need to plan it out over a few days or a few weekends, do it

Ways to enjoy your brand new backyard oasis

• Throw a party
• Pick your favorite chair and enjoy your favorite book
• Have a BBQ
• Host a backyard movie night
• Nap in the hammock
• Sip tea and enjoy your backyard’s improved look
• Set up an obstacle course or play games with the kids
• Use it to exercise when you get tired of the gym
• Go swimming
• Set up tents and go backyard camping
• Plant a garden
• Teach your dog a new trick
• Create new memories

Don’t let mosquitos ruin your memories

If you’re tired of battling mosquitoes, no-see-ums and other pesky bugs in your backyard, consider installing a mosquito misting system. The automatic timer makes it easy to use (set and forget) and Platinum Mosquito Protection will perform regular maintenance, which is one hassle you can cross off your checklist forever!