Summer is synonymous with backyard barbecues, pool parties, and fun-filled playdates. While these activities make for unforgettable memories, they can also leave your backyard a little worse for wear. Not to worry, though—our Backyard Summer Recovery Guide is here to help! From lawn care tips to fence maintenance, we'll help you restore your backyard to its pre-summer glory. And if it's time for a fence upgrade, don't hesitate to call us at 804-353-6030 for a free quote.
(Make sure to grab the checklist at the end of the post before you go!)
Assess the Damage
Before you can begin restoring your backyard, it's essential to assess the damage. Take a walk around your backyard and look for these common post-summer issues:
- Patches of dead or discolored grass
- Damage to your fence or gate
- Broken or misplaced outdoor furniture
- Debris or clutter leftover from summer activities
List all the issues you notice to help you prioritize your backyard recovery efforts.
Revive Your Lawn
After a summer of activity, your lawn may look a little tired. Here are some steps to bring it back to life:
- Rake: Start by raking your lawn to remove dead grass and debris. This step also helps to aerate the soil, making it easier for water and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass.
- Overseed: If you have patches of dead grass, consider overseeding. Sprinkle grass seed over the affected areas, then water regularly until the new grass grows in.
- Water: Generally, lawns need about an inch of water per week. If rainfall isn't enough, supplement with watering. The best time to water is early morning, which reduces evaporation.
- Fertilize: Give your lawn a boost with a high-quality fertilizer. Choose a product suited to your grass type and the current season.
Fence Check and Maintenance
Your fence defines your property boundaries and adds to your home's aesthetic appeal. After a summer of outdoor activities, it may need some TLC.
- Wooden Fences: Look for signs of rot or insect damage. Loose or missing boards should be replaced, and protruding nails need to be hammered back in. Consider re-staining or painting your fence to refresh its appearance and provide protection against the elements.
- Vinyl Fences: These are relatively low maintenance, but they can accumulate dirt and mildew. Clean your vinyl fence with a mixture of warm water and mild soap or detergent using a soft brush.
- Aluminum Fences: Check for rust or paint that's flaking off. You can remove rust with a wire brush before repainting.
If the damage is extensive or you think your fence may be nearing the end of its lifespan, it might be time for a new one. At Hurricane Fence Company, we offer a wide range of fence options to fit your needs and style.
Refresh Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture can take a beating during the summer. It's now time to clean and restore it:
- Fabric and Cushions: Remove fabric covers and wash according to manufacturer instructions. Use warm soapy water and a soft brush to clean cushions.
- Metal Furniture: Use mild soap and water to clean. Use a rust remover for rust stains and touch up the paint if needed.
- Wood Furniture: Clean with a soft brush and a mixture of water and mild detergent. If the finish is weathered, consider sanding and resealing or repainting.
- Plastic Furniture: These can usually be cleaned with a cloth or sponge, warm water, and mild detergent.
Let's maintain the longevity of your furniture by storing it correctly during harsh weather or when not in use.
Your garden might need some TLC after the summer as well.
- Remove Dead Plants: Start by removing any dead or dying plants. This will prevent disease and pest problems from spreading.
- Prune: Late summer or early fall is a good time to prune most trees and shrubs. This helps them to grow back healthier in the spring.
- Plant Fall Vegetables: If you have a vegetable garden, now's the time to plant cool-season veggies like lettuce, kale, and broccoli.
- Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch to your garden beds. This will help protect your plants from the upcoming colder weather and suppress weeds.
Reviving your backyard after a lively summer may seem like a daunting task, but with a little patience and the right approach, it can be an enjoyable and rewarding project. Remember, the key to a well-maintained backyard is regular upkeep, from caring for your lawn to maintaining your fence and outdoor furniture.
At Hurricane Fence Company, we understand that a well-installed and maintained fence plays a vital role in the aesthetics and functionality of your backyard. Whether you're looking for fence repairs, maintenance, or thinking of installing a new one, we're here to help. Call us at 804-353-6030 for a free quote, and let's give your backyard the love it deserves.