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If you have a backyard

If you have a backyard

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This is the perfect summer to turn your backyard into your favorite vacation destination.

Landscape, landscape, landscape. You don’t want your yard to be marred by weeds and overgrown grass. Greenwood said. Fill your garden with your favorite flowers and herbs like thyme, cilantro and dill. Pro tip: If you have a wall, attach greenery wall panels. “It’s like an accent wall for the outside,” Gray said.

Hook up your outdoor dining area. While indoor dining is still off limits, your backyard can fill the void. Set up whatever table and chairs you have space for. If you can, make it fancy: Find a beautiful gingham tablecloth and matching napkins. Put all of your disposable serving utensils, dishes, silverware and cups in a storage bin that you can keep outside for easy access. Try battery-operated candles and string lights for ambiance: “This can quickly transform the look and feel of the yard,” Crescenzo said.

Think of your grill as your outdoor kitchen. Your grill area should be well organized and functional, Greenwood said. Pro tip: Get a cooler or an outdoor refrigerator to keep your beverages cold and maximize your relaxation.

Glamp it up, Greenwood said. Erect tents. Install a hammock. Install a cozy fire pit for making s’mores and a little bit of cuddling. Your backyard has the privacy for rest, relaxation and even overnight camping.

Most importantly, don’t let bugs get the best of you this summer. Be prepared with citronella candles and bug spray. If the bugs are really bad, talk to a professional. Your ankles — shoot, your whole body — will thank you.


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