I partnered with S.O.S to share some things you need to do now to get your outdoors ready for spring and summer. All opinions are my own!
Spring is finally here, my friends, and summer is following close behind! Considering we got hit earlier this month with two massive snow storms that dumped over two feet of snow in my area- and left me literally powerless for 8 days- it may seem like summer is lightyears away, but it will be here before you know it! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to bask in some sunshine on my back deck!
The problem? All that snow and wind has left my backyard looking more like a disaster zone than a cozy place to spend a lazy afternoon reading and playing with my dogs! That’s okay, though: I still have a little time left to get it back into tip-top shape…and so do you! Whether your backyard is littered with limbs from windblown trees or just needs a quick makeover, these tips will quickly help you get your outdoors ready for spring and summer! Here’s a hint: you’ll want to stock up on S.O.S. pads now! Let’s check them out!
Get your outdoors ready for spring and summer
1. Pick up litter & plant your seeds
The first order of business for getting my outdoors ready for spring: get rid of the tree limbs that fell during the storms. Let me tell you, my friends, there is little in life more terrifying than watching massive oak trees sway in the wind and send their branches flying over your fence. I am SO grateful that none of those limbs actually broke the fence…or my windows or roof!
Whether your backyard is filled with branches the size of small trees themselves or just a few little twigs and leftover fall leaves, getting rid of the debris will instantly improve your outdoors. Once you’ve cleared the litter, throw down some grass seeds and call it a day. By spring and summer, your backyard will be beautiful once more.
2. Assess the damage and replace as needed
Even if you didn’t get hit with massive storms, winter is harsh on your outdoor furniture. Plastic gets brittle, glass cracks. Take a few minutes to go over your furniture and make sure it survived the season. You don’t want to find out that a chair is broken by sitting on it!
We lost our patio table during a storm. We forgot to take out the umbrella and the wind knocked it over, shattering the glass with it. Our first step is, obviously, to get a new patio table! It’s cheaper to buy a new one than it is to replace the glass top. Crazy, right? Our chairs are all metal, so they made it through unscathed.
3. Give the surviving furniture a good cleaning
Break out the S.O.S. pads and a bucket of warm water, and give those chairs, table (don’t forget the undersides and legs) and all your other patio furniture a good scrubbing! S.O.S Pads make it super easy to get rid of even the worst of winter’s stuck-on grime! They’re already filled with soap, so you can just wet them and go! Check out this video for tips on cleaning your patio furniture with S.O.S. Pads:
I keep S.O.S pads under my kitchen sink so I always have them on hand. They’re not just for your dirty dishes, though! On the patio, I’ve used them on everything from the plastic chairs to my unpainted furniture. Just make sure you use as directed so you don’t scratch your painted furniture.
4. Add special little touches
You’ll be amazed at how just cleaning up your backyard and furniture makes your outdoors more inviting for spring! Still, extra little touches go a long way to taking your backyard from a personal retreat to BBQ party central. This year, I want to plant some pet-friendly flowers to brighten up my deck. I can’t guarantee that my dogs won’t eat them (hence the pet-friendly part), but at least they’ll be pretty while they last! FYI, if your planters are looking a little dingy from the winter, use those S.O.S. pads to get them sparkling again!
If you have an outdoor outlet, string up some fairy lights to add a little extra sparkle to your late-night parties. No outlet? No problem! Grab some pretty citronella candles in big clay pots (you can even paint the pots) to light up the night and keep bugs away. You don’t have to spend a fortune to bring more personality to your deck, just use your imagination!
5. Get your grill ready for to fire up BBQ season!
Once your backyard is just how you want it, it’s time to dust off that grill and get ready to fire it up! Even though we don’t host a lot of parties, we cook at least half of our family meals on the grill. My mom thinks we need a new one, but I’m convinced we can save the one we have with a little work. Head over to OurFamilyWorld for all the tips you need to rescue your barbecue grill and tools. S.O.S pads are also fabulous on grill grates, FYI! Check out this video for a quick how-to!
You don’t have to do all of these tips at once. Do a little each week and your backyard with be the perfect oasis by the time warm weather is here to stay! Don’t forget to stock up on the S.O.S Pads! You’ll use them for a lot more than just cleaning your patio furniture.
Check out the S.O.S website for more tips and product information! Follow S.O.S. on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with news, and on Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube for inspiration.
Win a Year’s Supply of S.O.S Pads
Enter below for a chance to win a year’s supply of S.O.S Pads. That’s twelve (12) of the 10-count boxes! Giveaway is open to US residents age 18+ and ends (two weeks from post publishing date). Good luck!
What do you do to get your outdoors ready for spring and summer? Tell me below!
I power wash all the patio furniture
Clean up yard and put sulfur down around property line
I wash down the deck and patio furniture.
We first do a spring cleanup and then we start our gardens and mulch around our property.
I weed, sweep, mulch, scrub the patio furniture and replace the worn cushions and patio umbrella.
My husband does the outdoor work, altho sometimes I give him suggestions. LOL
SOS has been a staple in our home for as long as I can remember. I first started using SOS more than 50 years ago (quality endures!)
We have taken down the old playground stuff that has been unused for years. We also bought dirt to fill in all the holes made by our dogs. My husband handles all the flower planting to beautify the yard.
We put out the patio furniture (and clean it!), set up our backyard water fountain, uncover the pool & get that ready, sweep & hose off the deck, clean the grill…all that kind of stuff.
I make sure all the leaves have been swept off. Add a pretty plant or two.
We powerwash the house and hose everything down after the pollen quits floating.
Clean the BBQ pit !
clean up the yard and put the cushions on chairs outside
Its our first year in our house, so we’ll be planting grass and getting some outdoor furniture!
clean up the front yard and power wash everything!
I use SOS in my metalsmith shop everyday!! This giveaway is a dream!
I clean my grill and patio furniture and sweep the patio!
We pull out the lawn furniture and do yard work.
We do some trimming of the trees usually. This year we added some hanging solar lights to the yard!
So many great uses. We use these often!- Great brand and product!!
clean up the yard!
I rake up the leaves that are left over from fall and winter and clean up my flower beds.
Powerwash outdoor furniture and plant flowers
I do a deep clean of my outdoor furniture to welcome spring
I try to start ahead and clean the furniture one every weekend. that way i dont get overwhelmed
I would clean our deck
I clean my patio furniture.
We live in Kissimmee, so our outdoors is always ready.
One of the first things we do to get ready is to power wash the house.
We use our outdoor stuff year round so there’s really nothing to get ready!
I do nothing
I clean all the patio furniture and rake out all the planting beds.
We clean up and wash our deck and patio furniture
Mow the lawn and clean up.
Rake the yard.
First thing is to rake and pick up all those branches that fell during the winter!
We clean and rake the yard.
Clean the front porch.
Fresh cut lawn!
I usually clean out my gardens of all the fall debris and get our patio tables and umbrella out
We pick up debris off the lawn, cut down weeds and vegetation, wash the deck and outside of the house and clean outdoor furniture.
My son does all the outdoor clean up and I buy the seeds and plants for our garden.
Replace anything that has natural elemental damage asap.
very good article
that is awesome
thanks a lot