Getting Your Backyard Ready for Memorial Day

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It’s finally May, and whether we’re ready for it or not summer is definitely creeping in. Now is a perfect time to prepare your home for a season of indoor-outdoor living, and for most of us this means sprucing up the backyard and outdoor eating area.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for the unofficial start of summer and your Memorial Day BBQ:

Keep those pesky bugs away with natural remedies like planting lemon grass around your backyard patio, or stock up on your favorite citronella candles.

Add some color to your backyard with potted flowers and plants. For tips on local gardening check out the Bonner County Gardeners Association website .

String lights to add some fun to your outdoor dining experience, plus it enables you to keep the party going after the sun goes down.

Prep your fire pits! These are great for when the sun goes down and the temperature drops suddenly, plus it lets the kiddos (and adults!) enjoy roasted marshmallows from home. Don’t have a fire pit? Here are some great do-it-yourself ideas:

Shade: Don’t forget to provide shade in your backyard, the sun is great for tanning for an hour, but you’re going to want an area outside to cool off and protect your skin.

BBQs! Get those propane tanks filled and make sure you have all your BBQ tools prepped and  ready for grilling.

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