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Is Your Backyard Summer Ready?

Summer backyard maintenance
  • Water your plants wisely
  • Start weeding as early as you see weeds grow
  • Remove dead branches of trees
  • Deep water your trees and add a layer of mulch
  • Inspect and clean your grill; check for gas leaks
  • Examine your playground equipment and make sure there are no hazards present
  • Check you pool equipment and systems for repairs and issues

Summer’s here and that means you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors! Who’s excited for barbecue parties, backyard camping, and splashing in the pool? I know I am! If you’re summer-ready, so should your backyard be! Check out this guide for some of the points to keep your backyard fun and safe for you!

Gardening

  • Wise Watering
    • Higher temperature due to the summer season causes the soil to dry up more quickly with water evaporating. It’s important to water your plants and irrigate your yard during early mornings when the temperatures are cooler.
  • Weed now
    • As soon as you start seeing weeds grow, remove them to prevent their root system from growing and making it more difficult for you to pluck them out.

Tree Care

Summer-ready backyard tree care
  • This doesn’t only keep you safe from having them fall on you or get carried by the wind to your home during storms but it also helps with the tree’s growth [1].
  • Deep water your trees and add a thick layer of mulch to ensure that your trees are getting enough water, with the mulch hindering evaporation [2].


MORE: Summer Guide to the Tri-Cities


Grill and outdoor cooking

  • Always check the fuel and have it turned off for safety before inspecting and cleaning your grill. Don’t forget to check for gas leaks and remove piled-up debris from the firebox!

Play Equipment

  • Have any playground equipment in your backyard? Check for playground hazards like tripping hazards, sharp points, corners, and edges to prevent injuries.  Look around for those pesky bees and where they may have made a home.  See more common playgrounds hazards here as provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission [3].

Pool

  • Check pool equipment for repairs and issues to be addressed, make sure that the filtration system and pumps are working properly [4]
  • make sure your pool deck is not slippery because of accumulated mildew and dirt, having it pressure-washed if needed.
  • Have your water tested to assure that your water’s chemicals are balanced and so that the pool equipment system will not be affected by it. [4]
  • Vaccum your pool for debris, leaves, and bugs at the bottom
  • Test the railings, ladders, and the like to ensure the safety of the users

Are there other points we might have missed? Let us know!

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References

[1] Tadewaldt, L. (June 24, 2015). Benefits of Tree Pruning in the Summer. Urban Forest Pro. Retrieved from https://www.urbanforestprofessionals.com/blog/benefits-of-tree-pruning-in-the-summer/#:~:text=Remove%20dead%20limbs.&text=This%20enhances%20the%20tree%27s%20potential,your%20home%20during%20a%20storm

[2] Canopy Team. (June 25, 2018). Summer Tree Care Tips. Canopy. Retrieved from https://canopy.org/blog/summer-tree-care-tips/

[3] U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. (2015). Public Playground Safety Handbook. Retrieved from https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/325.pdf

[4] Beurteaux, D. (May 18, 2018). How to Get Your Swimming Pool Ready for Summer. Retrieved from https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/lawn-garden/how-to/a7671/how-to-get-your-swimming-pool-ready-for-summer-8692427/

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