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Get Your Backyard Ready for Amazing Summer Cookouts! Part 1

Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the warm weather than hosting
fun-filled cookouts in your own backyard? Whether you’re planning a casual gathering with friends or a
big family barbecue, prepping your backyard and kitchen will ensure a smooth and enjoyable cooking

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through some essential tips to get your backyard and
kitchen ready for unforgettable summer cookouts.

Spruce Up Your Backyard…Before you start grilling, it’s essential to create a welcoming and comfortable
outdoor space.

Here are a few steps to transform your backyard into the perfect cookout destination:

1. Clean and Arrange: Begin by tidying up your backyard, removing any debris or clutter. Sweep
the patio, clean the furniture, and consider giving it a fresh coat of paint if needed. Arrange the
seating and tables to accommodate your guests comfortably.

2. Create Shade: Provide shade for your guests by using umbrellas, awnings, or even a pergola. It
will help keep everyone cool and protect from excessive sun exposure.

3. Ambient Lighting: Add some ambient lighting to set the mood for your evening cookouts.
Hang string lights, place lanterns or candles strategically, and ensure pathways are well lit for

4. Landscaping Touches: Enhance the beauty of your backyard by adding plants, flowers, or
potted herbs. These not only create a pleasant ambiance but can also serve as fresh ingredients
for your recipes.

5. Eliminate pesky bugs/critters: Start by eliminating standing water sources, as they are
breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects.

● Regularly empty and clean birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, and any containers that collect
● Trim shrubs and bushes, and keep the grass well-maintained to reduce hiding spots for
● Consider incorporating mosquito-repellent plants such as citronella, lavender, or
marigolds into your landscaping.
● Install screens on windows and doors to prevent insects from entering your home.

Additionally, use outdoor fans or citronella candles to create airflow and repel

6. Finally, consider using Viper Insecticide Concentrate bug repellents or insecticides to treat
specific areas prone to infestation.
With these steps, you can create a bug-free environment and enjoy your summer cookouts without
unwanted guests.