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Get Your Yard Ready for Outdoor Fun

Apr 27, 2015 03:41AM ● Published by Family Features

From impromptu dinners with pals to celebrating special events with family, warm weather adventures await in your own backyard. Before you invite the gang over to enjoy cocktails or a cookout, make sure your outdoor spaces give the right impression for enjoying those carefree summer moments.

Successful summer hosts know the easiest way to impress guests is to make your outdoor area as comfortable and charming as the interior of your home. First, focus on your yard. Nothing brings out the goodness of summer entertaining like a backdrop of fresh green grass and a tidy, landscaped lawn. To achieve maximum summer entertainment, create a yard that welcomes a spontaneous game of bocce, bag toss or even fun with a sprinkler.

Next, bring the luxury of your living room to the great outdoors. Simple touches, like throw pillows, blankets and candles add comfort and design to outdoor areas. Whether the fare is casual or formal, a centerpiece of freshly cut flowers from the garden brings bright pops of color to your event. Check out these ideas to make your next gathering one to remember.

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  1. Enjoy a Mosquito-Free Summer
    Feed mosquitoes something they’ll die for. First-of-its-kind Terminix AllClear Mosquito Bait & Kill mimics a mosquito’s natural food source — plant sugar — to bait, kill and collapse populations by more than 90 percent in just two to three weeks. As temperatures rise, spray on non-flowering foliage or non-porous surfaces throughout the yard. Mosquitoes can’t resist bait. After feeding, they stop biting and will soon die. Even better — this innovative formula is non-toxic and safe for people, pets and the environment. For more information, visit www.baitandkill.com.

sleek fire pit

  1. Light Up the Summer Night
    Improve your surrounding outdoor porch or garden with a sleek fire pit styled in a black steel finish and natural slate tile top. This gorgeous outdoor fire pit comes with a spark screen for safety, poker tool, table and vinyl cover. Add a fire pit to your decor and you’ll have an essential piece for intimate gatherings. The geometrical cross sections draw from Asian design, while the square shape offers a modern feeling. For more information, visit www.Overstock.com.

  1. Critters Aren’t Invited
    Want to keep deer out of your landscape? Testing by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station revealed Bobbex Deer Repellent to be more effective than nine other commercial repellents and gave it a 93 percent protection index, second only to a fence at 100 percent. Made from ingredients which create an offensive scent, it works by mimicking predator scents, and is classed as a fear repellent. Plus, it also tastes unpleasant to deer. For more information, visit www.bobbex.com.

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  1. A Tidy, Lovely Lawn
    The OREGON 40V MAX BL300 Blower is the ultimate tool to clean up your yard. Powered by premium battery technology, the BL300 delivers gas-like performance of up to 507 CFM. Its variable speed trigger puts you in control, while the Turbo button offers a burst of power for your toughest yard jobs. With just a push of the button, it’s ready to work when you are, no cords or emissions to worry about. For more information, visit www.oregoncordless.com.

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