Backyard Basics: Budget-Friendly Options For a New (looking) Summer Oasis #ChurchAndDwight


I cannot tell you how excited I am to have the weather so nice lately. I was so beyond over Winter, and I am honestly starting to be over Spring, all this rain we are having. One day will be tank top weather, the next feels like we live on an iceberg. I can’t wait for Summer, and getting things ready around the house for Summer has already started.

The backyard is something we need to work on next!

If you’ve visited your local home and garden store in the last few weeks, you likely noticed that the seasonal aisle is stocked full of BBQs, patio furniture, and oh-so-fabulous backyard lounge chairs. Tempting as it is to toss out the old stuff that’s been sitting in your garage all winter – or worse, taking a beating outdoors for the past few months – a few simple, budget-friendly tips and tricks will help to make everything old look new again. Having a well-groomed garden is a great addition to any Home and gives you a great outdoor space where you can enjoy the summer months comfortably.

  • Make old, new again. There’s nothing worse than removing your patio furniture cushions from storage and realizing they’re all stained. Before you think about tossing them, give them a clean. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water and let the cushion covers soak for 1 to 6 hours, depending on the severity of the stain. Wash as normal and your cushions should come out stain-free and looking brand new. If you’ve got decking that hasn’t aged very well over winter then you can get Soft Washing and Deck Restoration if it’s needed. If the decking is stained and needs some maintenance, a deck wood stain stripper helps to restore the wood’s natural look. You can find more information on this product here – Alternatively, if you’ve got the money it may be time to replace your decking. Whether that’s changing the structure of the deck completely or just changing the boards, companies like can give a new lease of life to your outdoor space.
  • Win the weeding war. Did you know that watering your weeds makes it easier to pull them out? If it hasn’t rained in a few days, water your weeds before yanking them. Fun fact: If the soil is moist, you are also less likely to disturb any plants nearby.
  • Save with a little scrubbing. There’s a simple solution for removing dirt, grime and stains from patio furniture and even your deck. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water (following the instructions on the package) and apply the solution to almost anywhere. Let stand for a few minutes and scrub as needed. It will leave everything looking neat and clean again.
  • Wheel your way to wonderful. Re-arranging rather than replacing is also a good way to give new life to your backyard. Consider moving planters and patio furniture to different spots within your space to give it a wonderful new look and feel. Remember, you’re not alone when moving heavy items like lounge chairs… there are wheels to help! Wheeling your furniture around doesn’t eliminate all the hard work but will put less strain on your back.

Be prepared that after a weekend of weeding and wheeling, your back, arms, legs – yes, your whole body – may be aching with pain. Make sure you leave yourself enough time on Sunday evening for a warm bath and a few hours curled up with a good book or movie. Before going to bed, rub and soothe your sore muscles (all of them!) with Rub A535 Extra Strength Heating Cream. The best things about this product is that it works fast and is non-greasy so you can put it on right before going to bed and it won’t stain your sheets.

Have you started prepping your backyard for the summer months? Share your favourite budget-friendly tips for getting your outdoor space, garden party ready.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am a 2017 Church and Dwight Ambassador. As always, opinions are all mine.

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