It's BBQ Season! Will Your Yard Measure Up to the Competition?

This summer, you're probably planning to host some parties and barbecues with family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Like it or not, they're going to notice your yard and compare it to others they've seen. How does your outdoor space measure up right now? Find out what you can do to give it a facelift before BBQ season begins.

Weed and Replant

Are there weeds choking your flowerbeds? Have you left old, dead plants to rot where they stand? It's time to put on the heavy gloves, grab those stalks, and pull them out by the roots. In your ideal outdoor space, there's no room for last year's leftovers or this year's weeds. Replace them with fresh flowers and new, healthy plants.

Water and Fertilize

Maybe your trees' leaves are looking browner and crunchier than you'd like. Research what kinds of fertilizer and food your trees like and give it to them. Douse them with water (according to their needs) to help them turn lush and green again before barbecue time.

Mow the Lawn and Trim the Bushes

Have you let the lawn go for a while? Hire someone to cut it for you, or get out your mower and do the job yourself. Don't cut it too short; you need enough length to keep the roots cool during those hot summer days. Still, it should be clipped low enough to make walking easy and to discourage pests from taking up residence. Don't forget to trim those hedges and bushes as well.

Look Out for Insects and Disease

Find out which diseases and insect infestations are most common in your area this year, and note the signs and symptoms of those issues. Then take a walk around your yard, looking for any sign of a problem. If you don't notice anything, count yourself lucky and move on to the next step. If you see some red flags, treat the trees or bushes yourself or call in some experts to deal with the insects or disease.

Do Maintenance and Repairs

The deck, patio, or pavers may have gotten some wear and tear throughout the fall and winter. Now is the time to replace broken pavers or tiles, scrape the old ashes and debris from the fire pit, re-stain the deck, or power wash the patio.

Update Accessories and Lighting

If last year's outdoor throw pillows, rugs, and blankets are looking outdated and smelling musty, it may be time to purchase new ones. Find a current style and pattern that appeals to you and hunt down some coordinating outdoor accessories to keep your guests comfortable. Don't forget to grab a few lanterns or string lights for those evening gatherings.

To get professional advice or lawn care supplies, just call Kurtz Bros., Inc. We'll be happy to help you prep your outdoor space for summertime entertaining.

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