There's nothing better about summer than spending some time outdoors. You have plenty of opportunities to relax on the porch, get some gardening done, or entertain guests outside. However, the key to making the most of your time outside is being prepared. With the right preparation, you can remain calm and comfortable no matter how long your outdoor adventure is. So as you're getting ready to spend some time outside, make a small checklist to help ensure you have everything you need. Whether you're having a day to yourself in the yard or you're having a BBQ with the family, use this guide to make sure you are equipped for a relaxing day. Keep the following tips in mind as you prepare: 1. Be the Gardening Guardian Your backyard can't be a calming oasis if there are weeds and dead grass in the way. With just a few small steps, you can remove those eyesores and get back to relaxing. By using a weed grabber, you can easily get rid of any weeds that are taking up unwanted space. The same goes for keeping your grass looking green. If you get a portable sprinkler or similar device, you can keep the grass looking green and healthy for the rest of the season. Never forget the importance of routine lawn care. A little can go a long way, and you may be surprised to see how much changes when you have some gardening items on-hand. 2. Keep the Critters at Bay Nothing gets in the way of a night under the stars like unwelcome guests. During the summer, it's inevitable that bugs and animals are making their way through yards and campgrounds. However, there are ways to keep them away from you and your family. One way you can accomplish this is by getting a motion sensor. This helps catch garden pests and steer them in the other direction. Similarly, solar repellers inform pesky critters that they aren't welcome. And of course, an essential for every night outside, insect traps are sure to catch any bugs that come your way. Insects and animals can put a damper on any summer night, so make sure you're fully stocked with the items you need to handle them.4. Pump Up the Party When you're hosting an outdoor gathering, it takes a little more than pigs in blankets to keep guests entertained. Keep the party going all night with decorations, music, lighting, and more. Brighten up the celebration with brilliant and bold color-changing lights. They'll not only set a fun atmosphere, but they'll help you and your guests see everything with a little extra color. And to keep up the good vibes, make sure you have a great playlist to listen to (you don't even need guests to enjoy this part). Break out your best boombox and have your own outdoor dance party under the stars. Creating Your Outdoor Oasis With this guide, you can put you and your family first when you're spending time outside or hosting a backyard event. When you have the right tools in reach, you can make sure that nothing will get in your way of having a top-notch time outdoors. Harriet Carter is dedicated to making every outdoor experience a successful one. Browse through the different categories on our site to stock up on whatever you need. To learn more about Harriet Carter's selection of outdoor helpers and more, call us at 1-800-377-7878.
3. Fire Up the Grill A day outdoors isn't complete without a delicious meal. Take the opportunity to enjoy some food on your deck, invite a few friends over for lunch, or fulfill your snack cravings while laying in the hammock. Find innovative cooking tools to help you put together any outdoor meal with ease. Put together a mouth-watering burger in just minutes with help from a burger press and electric grill. All you have to do is shape the burger, get it on the grill, and you'll be all set to pig out. And speaking of pigs, try a pigs in a blanket mold or a similar tool to add a fun twist to mini hotdogs and other summery outdoor eats.