Summer will be here soon and with it, backyard memories made with family and friends, and joyous kids exalting their three months of precious freedom from early morning wake-ups and never-ending homework. Once Memorial Day rolls around, the only tests on the agenda are ones of endurance, as bikes are raced around the neighborhood at breakneck speed, water balloons are filled then tossed this way and that, and games of soccer are forged from sunup to sundown.
With a long outdoor DIY to-do list and big plans on deck for summer, it’s best to get your projects done and out of the way before you host that epic Memorial Day cookout. That’s why Fatherly teamed up with The Home Depot to source the products to help you put the finishing touches on your spring-into-summer projects. Keep reading and start turning your inspiration into action.
1. The New Deck Project
Make this the year you’ll finally complete that new deck you’ve been dreaming of. Start by putting down Veranda Composite Decking Board that you’ll never need to stain or paint. Then, polish off this DIY in style with a comfortable outdoor dining set so your crew can have a perfect place to gather this summer and beyond.
This classic outdoor patio dining set gives you six rocking chairs with sling-style, padded fabric seats so comfortable you’ll never want to get up. The steel frames are rust-resistant and the faux wood table is as durable as it is easy to clean.
This propane gas grill balances affordability with impeccable performance, giving you the utmost control over the BBQ feasts you’ll prepare this summer. There are 4 main burners on which you can grill everything from cedar plank salmon to kebabs, plus a side burner perfect for boiling a pot of water for corn on the cob, or caramelizing onions and peppers in a frying pan. The electric ignition means you’ll never have to fight to get the grill to fire up in an instant, and the built-in thermometer ensures precise temperatures and restaurant-quality results.
The surface area of this combo grill and smoker is what sets it apart. 780 square inches means you can cook two dozen burgers all at the same time, just in case you wanted to invite the whole neighborhood over for lunch. And this bad boy isn’t just good for grilling ground beef patties — you can smoke, bake, roast, braise, and barbeque, too, all with consistent temperatures thanks to easy-to-use controls on the grill and the accompanying smartphone app.
3. The Raised Bed Garden Project
Raised flower beds add a touch of class to any backyard. They can be housed in beautiful wood boxes or used whiskey barrels, and accented with found objects like old tires and vintage bicycles, perfect for adding a pop of color to any area. Here are two starter products every garden-seeker most definitely needs.
You can’t overstate the positive impact of color in a yard. Sure, you have the rich green of the grass and the natural tones of your deck, but when you plant annuals like petunias in a vibrant watermelon pink, what started as a simple DIY project becomes the literal bouquet you never knew you needed.
You’ve turned your backyard into an oasis of color; now add all-natural renewable bamboo tiki torches for a touch of drama. These classic, Polynesian-inspired lamps have a cool walnut and pecan stain, burn up to 5 hours with each fuel refill, and can even help keep mosquitoes away when filled with TIKI 100 oz. BiteFighter Torch Fuel.
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