10 Ways to Enjoy Your Backyard This Summer

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Father and son camping in backyard

The time we have been patiently waiting for since the harsh winter set in months ago has finally arrived! That’s right--summer has arrived, and not a moment too soon if you ask us! When you think of summer, plenty of exciting things come to mind: backyard get-togethers, football games in the yard, time with family, and plenty of excitement! We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to get out there and enjoy it! But where do you even begin with all the fun things you can do this summer?

Luckily for you, your friends over here at Tailor Made have got you covered! Check out our list of the top 10 ways to enjoy your backyard this summer. Choose your favorites, or better yet, simply work your way down the list all season long! Without further ado, here are some of our favorite ideas!

Host a Garden Party

What better way to enjoy your backyard than by inviting your friends and family over to enjoy it with you? Choose a weekend with nice weather so you can focus on enjoying soaking up the sunshine and cool summer breezes. Keep the garden party theme going by arranging your ornamentals and flowers around your seating areas, and serve fresh flavors like basil, mozzarella, and tomato skewers, fresh made baked goods and fresh fruits!

Throw a Backyard Barbecue

If you’re looking for a more informal get-together, there’s no better way to draw a low-maintenance crowd than with a backyard barbecue. Show off your grill prowess and man the tongs, invite your neighbors over, and spend some time relaxing together and enjoying the summer air while you get to know each other a little better. Bonus, you will get to show off how beautiful your lawn looks after our trained technicians at Tailor Made have completed our lawn care treatments!

Get Your DIY On

Did you spend your winter watching gardening shows or home improvement flicks? If so, you may have hundreds of DIY ideas swimming in your head just waiting to come to fruition! A great way to enjoy your backyard this summer is to get out there and make something in it! Whether it’s as simple as a new birdhouse or as complex as a new deck, working with your hands in your yard is a great way to make you feel more connected with your landscape. Some great ideas include:

  • A new garden planter
  • A mosaic stone path
  • Handprint stepping stones (one for each family member!)
  • A fun garden bench

Have an Outdoor Family Movie Night

The tired old family movie night gets an exciting twist when you move the party outdoors. Set up a white sheet and a projector and enjoy your favorite family flicks. Got a kiddy pool on the deck? Empty it out and fill it with pillows for a great family snuggle spot without worry of grass stains and bugs! Pop some popcorn, grab some snacks and enjoy a family evening under the stars.

Enjoy an Easy Campfire

Wouldn’t it be great to have the excitement of a campfire without the hassle of going camping? This can easily be a reality by making or purchasing a simple fire pit. You can make a great family tradition out of weekly bonfires with the kids, just don’t forget the marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers to make s'mores! 

Go Camping in Your Own Backyard!

Do you love a few more things about camping other than just the s’mores? If so, you can go camping right in your own yard! Grab your tents, some snacks, sleeping bags and the rest and head out to your yard to set up your camp for the night! This is a great way to get kids involved and excited about camping without having to drive to a remote campground. Even better, your bathrooms are right inside, and if it starts to rain, you can hightail it to the great indoors!

Invite Friends for a Tailgate

Who says that there has to be an event to warrant a tailgate? You can host your own backyard tailgate that is fun for the whole family. Invite the neighbors, family, and friends to come on by on a warm day to enjoy some cold brews, corn hole, lawn darts, and appetizers. At the end, you might even build a campfire in that fire pit and enjoy some time under the stars with those who matter the most.

Start a Garden with the Kids

Summertime is the perfect time to get kids interested in gardening. A small garden with easy-to-grow plants like petunias, tomatoes or any of your other favorites are perfect for little hands. They will enjoy spending the time with you outside in your yard, and have something to show for their efforts as summer continues.

Make a DIY Water Park

Don’t you remember those carefree days of running through the sprinklers when you were a kid? Why not introduce your kids to these simple summertime pleasures by creating a homemade water park right in your own backyard! Fill a bucket with water balloons, set up a dunking booth, and even roll out the Slip n’ Slide! Just don’t forget to slap on some sunscreen before you head out!

Let Your Fence Become a Canvas

You’ve heard about chalkboard paint for sure, but have you ever thought of using it to make your entire backyard fence a canvas for yourself or the kids? Simply paint a few slats (or the whole fence!) with chalkboard paint and let your kids (or the kid inside you) pour out their imagination. The best part is that when they want to change the design, it comes right off!

Is Your Yard Ready?

There are so many exciting and unique ways to enjoy your backyard this summer, and these are just a few. But is your yard ready for the fun? If your landscape could use a little sprucing up before you get the chance to enjoy it, let the experts at Tailor Made Lawns help give you a green, vibrant lawn just in time for summer fun. What’s more, we can even spray your yard for mosquitoes to ensure you can enjoy it this season without the itchy bites and fussing! We are even offering $30 off your first mosquito treatment if you sign up today.

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