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    Get the Most Out of Your Yard This Summer

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    Looking forward to summer BBQs with friends, tossing balls with your kids, or relaxing in the sun with a good book … but you’d like to refresh your yard first? Here are a few low-cost Saturday projects that can help you give your yard a quick facelift.

    • Build or buy a storage shed to keep kids’ toys out of sight when not in use.
    • Reposition your furniture and accessories to create defined cooking, eating, lounging, and play areas. You can even add a colorful outdoor rug to add warmth to your “party” area.
    • Pour quarter-inch crushed rock (available in a variety of colors) to create defined pathways through your yard.
    • Brighten your concrete patio by painting it with a masonry stain (try warm honey or deep brown). For a more labor-intensive option, lay slate tiles over the concrete with a thin-set mortar (like VersaBond).
    • Add lanterns or candles to your patio for evening parties.
    • Plant drought-tolerant foliage to fill patches of dirt. Kochia Scoparia grass is hardy and germinate quickly. It starts out green and turn red once the weather turns colder.
    • Line your garden with rope lighting for night-time mood lighting.

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