Backyard Basics: Budget-Friendly Options for a New (Looking) Summer Oasis

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This year I did not budget for new backyard basics instead, we are focusing on using what we have and making it work for us. I have my eyes on new patio furniture but with the NEED to replace our sliding doors this year I have to make sacrifices what I have work for one more season.

In the next few weeks, we will be sharing some of our projects on the blog while we clean our deck and seal it, give our patio set an overhaul with just a fresh coat of paint and I try to figure out how we can get some budget cushions (the dog ate some of ours :/)

If you are looking for some easy ways to make your backyard basics work for you on a budget keep reading for tips from Church and Dwight.

Backyard Basics: Budget-Friendly Options for a New (Looking) Summer Oasis

If you’ve visited your local home and garden store in the last few weeks, you likely noticed that the seasonal aisle is stocked full of BBQs, patio furniture and oh-so-fabulous backyard lounge chairs. Tempting as it is to toss out the old stuff that’s been sitting in your garage all winter – or worse, taking a beating outdoors for the past few months – a few simple, budget-friendly tips and tricks will help to make everything old look new again.

  1. Make old, new again. There’s nothing worse than removing your patio furniture cushions from storage and realizing they’re all stained. Before you think about tossing them, give them a clean. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water and let the cushion covers soak for 1 to 6 hours, depending on the severity of the stain. Wash as normal and your cushions should come out stain-free and be looking brand new.
  2. Win the weeding war. Did you know that watering your weeds makes it easier to pull them out? If it hasn’t rained in a few days, water your weeds before yanking them. Fun fact: If the soil is moist, you are also less likely to disturb any plants nearby.
  3. Save with a little scrubbing. There’s a simple solution for removing dirt, grime and stains from patio furniture and even your deck. Mix OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover with water (following the instructions on the package) and apply the solution to almost anywhere. Let stand for a few minutes and scrub as needed. It will leave everything looking neat and clean again.
  4. Wheel your way to wonderful. Re-arranging rather than replacing is also a good way to give new life to your backyard. Consider moving planters and patio furniture to different spots within your space to give it a wonderful new look and feel. Remember, you’re not alone when moving heavy items like lounge chairs… there are wheels to help! Wheeling your furniture around doesn’t eliminate all the hard work but will put less strain on your back.

Make Sure You Soothe Your Sore Muscles

Be prepared that after a weekend of weeding and wheeling, your back, arms, legs – yes, your whole body – may be aching with pain. Make sure you leave yourself enough time on Sunday evening for a warm bath and a few hours curled up with a good book or movie. Before going to bed, rub and soothe your sore muscles (all of them!) with Rub A535 Extra Strength Heating Cream. The best things about this product is that it works fast and is non-greasy so you can put it on right before going to bed and it won’t stain your sheets.

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Have you started prepping your backyard for the summer months? Share your favourite budget-friendly tips for getting your outdoor space, garden party ready.

I am a Church and Dwight Brand Ambassador. This is a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.
Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. AD
    May 23, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Great tips! I love the trick about watering the weeds before pulling them!

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    May 23, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    I only have a small patio, I’m now waiting for the weather to stay nice longer than a day and then I’ll get some plants put in my pots. I do already have potatoes growing in a large pot and a couple of flowering plants too but I need more 🙂

  3. Debbie White Beattie
    May 23, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    I haven’t got really very much for outdoors except a couple of nice chairs. I really should add to it. Your yard looks really nice , I love your wood bench the most.

  4. kathy downey
    May 24, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    We just had snow for a couple of days hopefully the weather will warm soon so i can add a few plants !

  5. May 25, 2017 / 12:19 am

    I just thought it was snowing but I think it was pollen or some other airborne crap. Hope it warms up soon!

  6. Treen Goodwin
    May 25, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Fantastic ideas thanks for sharing , i had no idea about the watering the weeds makes them easier to pull great tip 🙂

  7. Anita Harris
    May 25, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    This is the first season we get to do what we want with the back and front yards at our house. I’m excited to transform the space into aomething of our own by pairing and rearranging what we already have as funds are very limited! Awesome ideas thanks so much!

  8. Shirleyp
    May 25, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the tips Your backyard looks like an awesome place to hang out and read or bbq

  9. Calvin F.
    May 26, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    My back yard could really use a clean and refresh 😛

  10. heidi c.
    May 26, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    We are really working on trying to improve our backyard with a minimal budget so I appreciate these tips.

  11. Laurie P
    May 27, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I’m not afraid to clean things up here and there, just stocked up on Oxi Clean too!

  12. Carole D
    May 28, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Great tips! I always pull my weeks after it rain or even when it’s raining. I also use vinegar to spray the dandelions in my driveway.

  13. Lynda Cook
    May 29, 2017 / 8:50 am

    I love Oxi it makes everything look new again!

  14. May 29, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Oh thank you for sharing these awesome affordable tips I will be using some of these ideas 🙂 <3

  15. LisaM
    June 8, 2017 / 10:56 am

    My mom taught me the “water the weeds” trick. It’s amazing how much easier it makes it.

  16. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    June 25, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    What a lovely big patio, mine isn’t even a fifth of that but it’s all I have outside. 🙂

  17. Cheryl Grandy
    June 21, 2018 / 10:21 am

    I’ve been doing some weeding to try to get my yard back in shape. I should make Rub A535 Extra Strength Heating Cream part of my gardening shopping list!