Tuesday, June 5, 2012

4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Backyard & Get Into The Summer Groove

The weather is warming up, love is in the air, literally (Venus is transiting the sun)…and the thing on everyone's mind is spending time outdoors.

Now, what's the state of your backyard?

If it's anything like mine, it's time for a friendly reminder about how easy it is to makeover your outdoor space using craigslist. What does your heart, or garden, desire? Here are some ideas...

4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Backyard & Get Into The Summer Groove

1. Clean up.
Hire a guy to power wash your deck or patio (http://neworleans.craigslist.org/hss/3028881337.html) and team to clean your gutters and windows (http://spokane.craigslist.org/hss/3022876426.html).

2. Grow baby grow.
Have garden mulch delivered to your backyard (http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/fgs/3012827831.html), get worms for your garden or compost (http://ocala.craigslist.org/grq/3001165841.html), and score a free planter box (http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/zip/3057372086.html) and trade seeds and plants (http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/act/2966928312.html).

3. Decorate.
Replace your rusty patio chairs with a lovely teak furniture set (http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/fuo/3050360761.html), create your own stepping-stone path (http://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/grd/3059334432.html), and set the nighttime mood with an outdoor fireplace (http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/for/3040332009.html).

4. Get your grill on.
Find yourself a mint condition weber grill (http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/for/3057726144.html), grill accessories—hat, mitt, apron—with your favorite sports team logo (http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/art/3007833009.html), and tips to make the perfect hamburger (https://forums.craigslist.org/?SQ=hamburger&act=RSR&forumID=22).

*It's very important to take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline. Read all of the craigslist safety tips (http://www.craigslist.org/about/safety and familiarize yourself with common online scams (http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams).

Happy Summer,

Beth Cook
Best Public Relations

Thanks, Beth, for all the great tips and ideas!  I've been browing Craigslist a LOT in the past week or so looking for inexpensive ways to dress up our back patio and our front porch.  Have you ever found an amazing deal on Craigslist?

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