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How to Prepare Your Yard for a Barbecue

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 25 November , 2020

Warm, San Diego weather is perfect for outdoor get-togethers. You have the grill fired up, the drinks nice and cold, and plenty of food for everyone. But before throwing the perfect backyard barbecue, consider the state of your yard. Lawn and backyard maintenance is an important part of preparing for a backyard barbecue. Here are some of our top tips on how to prepare your yard for a barbecue.

Mow and Water the Lawn

A freshly-mowed lawn makes your backyard look fantastic no matter what. If you’re having a backyard barbecue, mow the lawn the day before instead of that day (so guests won’t dye their shoes green). Then water the lawn to make sure it’s green and healthy just in time for your get-together! This way, guests will have the option of playing yard games on your pristine grass.

Remove weeds

Make your yard look well-kept by removing weeds from areas like flower beds and mulch areas. Definitely take care of any stray weeds or pesky plants popping up through sidewalks or stone patios. You could also bring out the weed wacker to take care of the edging of your property, getting rid of unsightly, miscellaneous weeds. Trust us, it’ll make a huge difference! You’ll see a world of difference in your patio and walkway areas.

Prune Shrubs and Hedges

Another yard work task to consider doing before your backyard barbecue is trimming the shrubs and hedges. Before the guests arrive, grab your pruning shears and take a stroll around the yard. Are the bushes growing out of control? Can some of the shrubs use a little trim? Taking care of these plants and sprucing them up a bit is a great way to get your backyard barbecue-ready. You could even reach out to your local landscape designers to take care of it for you!

Install Lights

A great get-together with friends doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. An enjoyable backyard barbecue can easily extend into the night, so make sure your yard is equipped with plenty of outdoor lighting. String lights, solar walkway lanterns, and citronella candles are all viable options. Allow your beautiful backyard to be highlighted the entire afternoon!  If you’re not sure how, a landscape designer’s vision can help you incorporate this lighting into your garden design.

Arrange Seating

As experienced landscape designers, we’ve worked with many different outdoor spaces, creating patios, porches, and other barbecuing areas that fit your lifestyle and goals perfectly. With this in mind, it’s important to know how to be able to arrange the seating depending on the layout of your backyard. Make sure everyone has space to comfortably relax, and with your tidied up backyard, you have plenty of options as to where people can sit!

While this list may add a few more things to your to-do list before the party, it’ll be worth it to have this all squared away before the guests arrive. As a professional landscaping service, we can work with you to create a backyard oasis that will be perfect for entertaining. If you’re ready for a revamp, let us know!

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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