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6 Tips to Prep Outdoor Spaces for Summer

6 Tips to prep outdoor spaces for summer

Buds and blooms are back! Weather is warming up and you know what that means- it’s time to dust off the patio furniture and get going on the yardwork. Read on for 6 tips to prep outdoor spaces for summer!

Thanks to Maria from Pure Happy Home for organizing this Summer Porch Blog Hop! As you will see below, I don’t have much of a porch so I cover the refresh of a few outdoor spaces. Make sure to visit all of the other posts at the end of this article.

If you are new here, we have been working on our 1929 Tudor Revival style home for the last few years. The backyard space got a pretty major overhaul and I documented some of it as part of the One Room Challenge. Hope you enjoy taking a peek around our yard and hope you will subscribe to follow along for more DIY projects and home decor!

Clean hardscapes.

Boy sweeping porch. 6 Tips to Prep Outdoor Spaces for Summer

Sweeping and power washing, scrubbing away mildew and other remnants of winter, to make way for the summer season.

Oh my sweet little sweeper. He also helped me move pots, entertain his sister, and carry a bag of potting soil.

Mulch your garden.

Mulch in garden. 6 Tips to Prep Outdoor Spaces for Summer

Late spring is a great time to add mulch to prevent weeds from taking hold and to retain moisture as temperatures rise.

I love how our yard looks after fresh coat of mulch!

Reseed your lawn, but…

Prep your outdoor space for summer

Check which months are actually best for your state and zone.

In Washington, April and May are good months for reseeding your lawn. August, September, and even October in mild areas are also appropriate times.

We had an irrigation system installed and part of the front lawn was dug up to lay pipes. It was a great opportunity to level out the wonky surface and reseed the lawn.

Take inventory of your pots.

6 Tips to Prep Outdoor Spaces for Summer. Small porch before
Our small front porch before cleaning and replanting new summer flowers.

Temperature fluctuations, roots and other mishaps can cause plant pots to crack or completely break.

Whether you are replacing broken pots or just want a new look, make sure to check sites like Craigslist, Nextdoor and Facebook Marketplace for containers. I have found amazing urns, and large pots for bargain prices.

Add seasonal flowers

Selection of plant pots.
Shopping for plant pots.
empty Flower pot . 6 Tips to Prep Outdoor Spaces for Summer
I always line my pots with landscape fabric.
Box of summer flowers
New flowers!

Speaking of new flower pots, fill them up with in-season flowers to get in the summer spirit!

Our small porch was looking a bit cramped with lots of small containers, so I opted to pare down. I bought one new pot to match the tall planter I already have, and kept two smaller terra cotta pots in varying heights.

Front porch ready for summer!

Container garden for summer. 6 Tips to Prep Outdoor Spaces for Summer

Try playing with a single color palette or mix it up and play with different color combinations. I let my son pick some flowers and he chose a rainbow palette!

Refresh outdoor furniture and cushions.

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I try my hardest to cover furniture as best I can, move items into the shed and/or pack in plastic containers. Not matter how careful I try to be, it seems something is always damaged or gets dirty.

Crazy winds whip off covers and I don’t notice until mold has set in or stain has worn off. Or maybe a plastic tote cracks and spiders crawl in and decide to set up a new colony amongst all of my cushions- gross but true!

Whatever the case may be, stain your furniture, wash cushions, paint the sun bleached or rusty metal things.

Of course it’s fun to shop for new furniture and throw pillows and other accessories too! Later in the article I link to some items I already purchased and some outdoor accessories in my carts.

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6 Tips to Prep Outdoor Spaces for Summer

More outdoor inspiration!

Have fun visiting each of my friends! Let me know in comments if you are visiting from one of these lovely ladies’ sites.

Shop for your outdoor refresh!

41 thoughts on “6 Tips to Prep Outdoor Spaces for Summer”

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  6. Wow! you are lucky to have such a great helper with your porch! He chose such pretty flowers for your pots! Thanks for all the great tips to get ready for summer! Blessings, Donna

  7. I love your little helper! He’s a sweetie. Great job on getting your porch ready and I love all your tips. It’s nice hoping with you and “meeting” you. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day. XO- MaryJo

  8. I love the rainbow pallet of flowers your son picked out! We have a hard time keeping things dry over here too but so worth it to hang out on the porch.

  9. Gosh, it feels like just yesterday that you were creating these beautiful outdoor spaces and now a whole year has gone by. Great tips here for preparing for summer. Love your little helper, it’s so good to get our little ones outside and helping.

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    Love all your tips, Marie! And your helper is certainly sweet! I always make a big production out of sorting my pots! I never seem to have the right size! Great hopping with you! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  11. Great tips, Maria! I love your collection of flower pots, and your little sweetie chose some really pretty flowers! It’s nice hopping with you!

  12. Marie – I’m super impressed with your energy to take on any projects with your two littles! You’ve got a great helper and future gardener on your hands already – he picked the right colors imo – ALL the colors lol. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day and I enjoyed catching up on your blog! Traci

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  14. Thank you for sharing such great tips. I love that your son helped you with your outdoor space, such a sweetie. Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  15. Wish I had such a sweet little helper! What a wonderful gardener he’ll grow up to me. I’ll be doing a pot refresh this weekend as well as setting my cushions out. Love this time of year. Its such a smart idea to scour Craigslist, NextDoor, etc. for garden pots … and other things … I forget to do it. But while you’ve got me thinking of it I think I’ll take a look Happy weekend! xo

  16. Love these helpful tips and tricks so much. They all feel totally doable! I definitely need to carve out some time to refresh our porches before summer is in full swing. Big hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much! Thank you for the reminder!! I’ve been out of sorts after hurting my back on Mother’s Day & slowly getting organized 🤪 Can’t wait to link up!!

    1. Thank you so much! Our weather is mixed bag right now & one day we can get out but the next will be a storm. So we have to prepared to run outside at a minutes notice!

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