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    36 Tips For Making Your Outdoor Space The Best It Can Be This Spring

    Soon it'll be actually nice enough to be outside, so why not ~deck~ out your patio with some new string lights and furniture.

    1. Give your deck, patio, or balcony a lovely, warm glow with an inviting strand of string lights. These are made up of mini Edison bulbs, so they're a step above your average fairy lights and look so pretty once the sun has set.

    reviewer photo of the string lights lit at night and attached to a wooden deck railing
    reviewer photo of the string lights lit up during the day and hanging over a backyard deck

    Promising review: "I have these lights hanging outside over my patio. They are very bright but not overly bright like spotlights and are perfect for lighting up the backyard for parties. We keep them up all year long during rainstorms, hot weather, and snowstorms, and they still work like the day I bought them. Highly recommend!" —Joseph

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in three sizes and seven styles). 

    2. Take advantage of the milder temps by investing in a sturdy picnic table with benches — dinner al fresco for the win! This one conveniently folds down flat and won’t take up all of your yard space when it’s not in use.

    reviewer photo of the gray table and benches on a lawn near a lake
    the taupe table and benches on an outdoor patio
    Linda / Wayfair, Wayfair

    Promising review: "Easy to assemble and perfect for additional seating and dining options on the patio! Best part is that it folds flat to store in the garage for the winter." —GL

    Get it from Wayfair for $306.99+ (originally $487; available in gray or taupe). 

    3. And if your space is on the smaller side, enjoy warm weather drinks and bites with a super cute outdoor bistro set that'll give your little slice of paradise some cheery color. 

    reviewer photo of the yellow bistro set on a patio
    the blue bistro set folded up flat

    The set comes with two chairs and a table, and folds up flat and compact to save space!

    Promising review: "This is the greatest bistro set ever. I ordered the mint green and it came exactly as photographed. All three pieces are heavy, stable, and sturdy. Highly recommend!" —Maria Previs

    Get it from Amazon for $109.99+ (available with or without seat cushions and in nine colors).

    4. Keep your grass from becoming an overgrown jungle thanks to a push lawn mower, which will keep your yard neatly trimmed without the noise you'd get with an electric one. Your neighbors will be forever grateful — and jealous when they see how nice your grass looks!

    reviewer photo of the lawn mower trimming a path through a patch of long grass
    reviewer photo of the lawn mower on freshly cut grass

    Promising review: "Great purchase! This mower worked much better than I thought it would. Easy assembly. My girlfriend and I put it together in 15 minutes. Some people are in disbelief that I bought and use this, especially seeing as I've never cut my own grass. This has saved me so much money. My grass seems to be healthier than it ever has. And it's great exercise. My only regret is that I wish I would have bought the bigger one. I have a lot of grass for the small one. More exercise I guess...five stars!" —Bonnie Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $81.04+ (available in two sizes). 

    5. Wrap your hose around this chic Hose Holder rather than letting it get tangled up in a messy pile beside your house. Plus, it comes with a handy shelf for storing gardening tools and other small outdoor items.

    the black hose holder attached to the side of a house with a hose wrapped around it and various gardening supplies in its shelf
    Modern Aspect / Etsy

    Hardware (two screws) is provided.

    Modern Aspect is a small biz based in Salt Lake, Utah, specializing in sleek, modern outdoor home goods, like mailboxes and number plaques. 

    Promising review: "Incredible quality and design. An awesome upgrade going with this hose holder versus the generic vanilla designs found at the big box stores. Thank you for making this!!!" —Christopher Zibach

    Get it from Modern Aspect on Etsy for $98 (originally $140). 

    6. Turn your deck into an outdoor lounge via a comfy sectional set you'll wanna lay out on with a book on warmer afternoons. Keep a refreshing bev close at hand on the included table!

    Psst: The lounger portion is detachable in case you want some relaxing isolation!

    Promising review: "I’m shocked by how comfortable this is. It has more cushion to it than my couch. I’m someone who will spend hours on my patio for meetings and such. I put it together by myself. The trick is to put the screws all in before tightening them, otherwise it will seem like they don’t fit. Put the screws in and twist a few times. Once you have them all in, then go back and tighten them. Trust me, it’ll save you doing extra work. This set is actually bigger than I expected, table included. Very pleased with this purchase." —Brooke D

    Get it from Amazon for $399.99 (available in four colors).

    7. And give your patio a luxurious touch with an inflatable outdoor ottoman to prop your feet on when the weather is just too nice to stay inside. 

    a reviewer photo of a patio chair with a printed ottoman in front to it
    a reviewer photo of a patio chair with a palm-printed inflatable ottoman in front to it

    Just inflate the interior pouf and stick it inside the water-resistant cover.

    Promising review: "Love these! Ordered two more. The fabric is very nice and sturdy, especially for outdoors. The inflatable part appears to be good quality. How to: Place the inflatable inside of the cover before inflating it. Do not inflate to full capacity or it will look like an inflatable and will not rest in a nice flat position. Far nicer than I imagined. They look great flanking my outdoor rattan sectional." —Cali g

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in 20 styles).

    8. Repel pesky insects by lighting a chic-looking citronella candle, because a mosquito-free backyard is one you'll wanna spend more time in. It's got refreshing notes of lemon and lemongrass and has a 60-hour burn time, so take that, buggies!

    the don't bug me candle
    Anchored Northwest / Etsy

    Anchored Northwest is a husband and wife-founded small biz based in Spokane, WA, making the most delicious-smelling candles and room sprays.

    Promising review: "Haven't lit it yet but the candle smells great! The smell alone is so potent even without lighting it yet, we've seen a decrease in mosquitos just leaving it out!" —Michelle Gulino

    Another promising review: "Great, light scent that sent the early spring Texas bugs packing when I lit it last night." —Jessica Booth

    Get it from Anchored Northwest on Etsy for $22.45 (originally $24.95). 

    9. Fill your space with some tunes with a highly rated portable Bluetooth speaker, which is also waterproof in case of unexpected April showers!

    reviewer photo of the black speaker resting on one of its ends on an outdoor table
    reviewer photo of the black speaker on an outdoor table next to a can of beer

    Promising review: "Great sound quality for a small product. We use it while sitting outside or near our fire pit at night. We can take our JBL everywhere and not overpower our neighbors with our music. Very happy with our product." —Mary B.

    Get it from Amazon for $89.95 (available in 14 styles and several bundles).

    10. Zhuzh up your patio courtesy of a very spring-like floral outdoor area rug, because let's face it, concrete isn't the most inviting material. It'll add some color to your space and you'll be able to walk barefoot without getting your feet dirty or scratched up!

    reviewer photo of the color floral rug on an outdoor patio next a bench covered with pillows
    reviewer photo of the blue, green, and orange rug on an outdoor patio

    Promising review: "This rug is the perfect addition to our backyard oasis! It is comfortable, durable, and the colors are great. I have gotten so many compliments on it in the month that we’ve owned it. It completed our backyard deck area perfectly and the colors are just great." —CandidlyCady

    Another promising review: "This rug is awesome! It looks great, has been through the weather ringer from summer 'til December, and still looks fantastic in color. Worth every penny!" —beazermcgee

    Get it from Amazon for $26.60+ (available in 20 sizes and nine styles). 

    11. Prevent your nosy neighbors from spying on you by putting up a subtle yet effective privacy screen. You deserve some peace while you're relaxing on a mild spring day! This one even comes with two planters, making it just as decorative as it is functional. 

    reviewer photo of the planter privacy wall holding pink flowers
    reviewer photo of the wooden screen at night, decorated with string lights and faux ivy

    FYI, reviewers say it's not necessarily difficult to assemble, but that having a drill makes it much quicker and easier. 

    Promising review: "I love these screens! They turned out so beautiful and add a nice bit of privacy to our outdoor space." —Olivia

    Another promising review: "I was worried because this was on the pricey side, but I think it is worth the money!!! It is sturdy and beautiful! Went together easily and I am so glad I bought it!" —Justin Moore

    Get it from Amazon for $341.85 (also available with a waterproofing brush). 

    12. Get rid of unsightly mold and mildew with the help of a multipurpose Wet and Forget outdoor cleaner, because you do not, in fact, have to live with those green moss stains you thought were permanent. Just spray some on, and you should notice a huge difference in as little as a week!

    reviewer before and after showing a mold covered stone patio next to one that's mold-free after being sprayed with the cleaner
    reviewer photo of some outdoor patio tiles showing three that are green and one that isn't, since it was sprayed with the cleaner

    Tougher black stains could take several months to go away, and if needed, you can re-spray 1–2 months after the first application. 

    Promising review: "I have a brick patio. When I bought this house it was covered, and I mean covered with moss. A good power wash each spring was never enough to stop the moss from returning, and month after month during the summers was a struggle, man vs plant. I did that for two years, cursing and complaining the