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    38 Problem-Solving Products That’ll Make Your Backyard A Summer Paradise

    That grassy spot has way more perks than your fave park.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An indoor/outdoor rug built to weather rain and more that'll cover up an ugly patio surface for next to no effort. 

    outdoor room with patio furniture with printed rug on the patio surface
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this rug. These were recommended by a friend for use on my outdoor patio. They are terrific. So easy to clean and no matter what the weather brings, they always look fantastic. And they make my outdoors look like a living room. Great, inexpensive way to spruce up a backyard." —Miami

    Get it from Amazon for $51+ (available in three colors and four sizes).

    2. Or some interlocking Teak tiles you don't need tools to install but will LOOK like you paid someone to install. Talk about an upgrade!

    reviewer pic of patio with the teak tiles covering it
    close up of the teak tiles

    Promising review: "Living in Hawaii you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt–proof, etc... In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!" —Adazzle

    Get 10 sq. ft from Amazon for $77.99.

    3. OR if you'd rather tackle a problem at its source, a power washer will give you an oh-so-satisfying "after" when it comes to stained and worse-for-wear concrete surfaces. (And the same goes for fences!)

    reviewer pic of worn, gray looking wood fence from age
    the same fence looking vibrant brown wafter using the pressure washer

    Promising review: "Great product! I did my entire fence line with the 15 degree nozzle and it blasted off 15 years of mold and sun fading with ease... Definitely recommend! Next up the driveway..." —Trent

    Get it from Amazon for $159.

    4. A weather-resistant cedar pathway sure to look much lovelier beside your garden beds than the worn-down dirt that happened last summer when everyone paused a little too often to admire your hydrangeas.

    slotted wood walkway beside a bed of hydrangeas
    Amazon

    Get an 8-foot path from Amazon for $65.98+ (available in two lengths).

    5. Or some smol picket fencing (1 foot tall!) you can place around your prized garden beds to deter kids and pets from getting into them.

    garden bed with short white picket fence style edging
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I have been looking for fencing to keep skunks out of my 'patio pond'....this fit the size, is good quality and is 'flexible' enough to bend around corners. Problems with the way they attach to each other but that seems to be common to these types of fencing. The manufacturer should look into some sort of clips to keep the pieces connected......decent price for as many as I got!" —Roseann from Dayton, OH

    Get 18 composite pieces from Wayfair for $41.99.

    6. nice-looking shed for easily stashing recycling bins, bikes, a lawnmower, and other hefty tools you have no other place to store.

    reviewer pic of shed with a lid and to front doors on a patio
    open shed to reveal a trash can and recycling bin

    Promising review: "Good quality. Easy to assemble. Parts are individually bagged and labeled. Holds two 32-gallon round barrels — which is what I wanted it for. Very compact, which was a factor for where i had to put it." —Joe in Brooklyn

    Get it from Amazon for $299+ (available in two sizes). Also check out a similar shed in several sizes to find the right one to fit your space and needs.

    7. lighted umbrella that'll tilt (literally) to your whims and give you the right amount of shade and light when/where you want it. Your backyard time just extended by a LOT. 

    patio with round glass table and a striped umbrella on it
    umbrella at night with lights underneath it

    Note that this includes just the umbrella, not the table!

    Promising review: "I normally don’t like buying products like this sight unseen, but I’m very pleased with the look and especially with the solar lighting. We enjoyed a pleasant evening on the deck with just the right amount of ambient light tonight, and we are hopeful that it will prove to be durable." —Dee Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $71.99 (available in five color combos).

    8. And a net for your patio umbrella as an ~extra layer~ so you can sit and survey your kingdom, even if mosquitoes have infested it.

    reviewer pic of the net on an umbrella on a deck with enough room for a table and four chairs inside
    another reviewer's pic of zipper opening to enter underneath the mosquito net

    This fits umbrellas as large as 9 feet.

    Promising review: "We like sitting outside and having dinner, but flies and bugs made it impossible to enjoy a meal in peace. Given that a large canopy with netting or an enclosed sun room isn't in the budget, I went looking for other solutions and gave this a shot. There's a learning curve getting it set up and it's a little tricky for one person to get it on the umbrella, raise the umbrella and clip it into place, but once it's all sorted out, it's FANTASTIC!!

    I'm glad I took the advice to order the clothes clips other reviewers recommended. I ended up clipping one on each side of every umbrella spine, and one or two in the middle of each span of cloth between the spines and it's holding well. We take the umbrella down and bring it inside at night, leaving the screen attached and bunched around the base of the umbrella. I'm also glad I followed the other reviewers and didn't add sand or water to the base. It's not really necessary and it would be a MESS to clean up. Someone suggested a length of chain, which may be a possibility, but so far we haven't needed any additional weight.

    I do think we need to be careful not to snag the screen material on the backs of our chairs, which have a defined edge rather than rounded corners. Other than that, I am SUPER HAPPY with this purchase and have recommended it to others." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two colors and three sizes).

    9. A roll of faux ivy can easily attach to ugly wire fencing, railing, or a trellis to obscure a view you don't love. This is *far* easier than replacing that hideous fence you inherited with the house.

    reviewer pic of a cat in a patio chair in front of a deck railing covered in the faux ivy
    front yard with a gate and the ivy wrapped around the fencing to obscure what's behind it

    Promising review: "This is the second privacy screen I've purchased from Amazon. I have an area in my garden visible from the street. The screen hides all my gardening stuff (i.e. wheelbarrow, buckets, etc.). It truly looks like the real deal!!!" —soooz

    Get a 94-inch X 39-inch roll from Amazon for $52.99+ (available in three sizes).

    10. And a vinyl privacy screen that won't be an eyesore like that AC (or another essential) it's hiding. 

    the fence boxing in a utility box in a reviewer's backyard
    the fencing blocking a trash can

    Promising review: "OMG I Love it! I have a horrible utility box from my electricity provider, and every morning the first thing I used to see as a view in my back patio was that. Now I can enjoy my coffee!!!" —VOLT EP

    Get two from Amazon for $87.74.

    11. double hammock you totally have permission to use just by yourself but would be great for two if you're feeling generous.

    FYI, this includes a spreader bar for easy setup and can hold up to 450 lbs.

    Promising review: "This hammock is much more comfortable than any of those that we’ve had in the past. It looks great in the yard and is very comfortable and soft." —D

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in two colors).

    12. Or a hammock with a mosquito net so you can kick back, relax, and take in some nature BUT not *too* much nature, amiright? It's made for camping but I think would look great in your yard. Meet your new reading spot!

    red hammock strung up between two trees with a mosquito net on top
    Amazon

    The net isn't removable but if you choose not to use it, you can flip it to the underside while in use.

    Promising review: "We recently took two of these camping and they worked well. Hammock sleeping takes some getting used to. They are initially comfy but, depending on how you set it up, your legs can end up high which caused me to wake up a few times to adjust my sleeping position. The mosquito netting is a great add. Be careful getting into the hammock as one of the lines we used to hold up the netting was caught in our hand and snapped when the full weight of your body was applied. It's not really a product flaw, you just have to make sure you are only putting your weight on the sleeping surface and not the netting when getting in. Common sense really, just something to watch for." —Tony

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in 10 color combos).

    13. pet wading pool to cool off in so every member of the fam can make good use of the great outdoors on your lil' patch of land! And in case you're wondering, yes, it's great for ducks.

    golden retriever dog in the pool with water in it
    a group of ducks swimming in the pool

    Plus it isn't inflatable like other little pools, so you don't have to worry about your dog puncturing it. And while we're on the subject, check out hot weather pet tips from the ASPCA.

    Promising review: "The perfect size for our golden retriever (80 lbs). Easy to open, unfold, fill up, and put away! Very happy I selected this model and size when searching for a pool for him." —Katy Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in two sizes).

    14. And a pressure-activated cooling pad you can keep in a spot right inside your door so your dog has a place to go for a quick cool down when they ask to come inside. It's 5–10 degrees cooler than room temp and reviewers say it also provides some relief for pets with joint pain.

    Promising review: "I have a pug and a toy fox terrier/Chihuahua mix and they absolutely love this thing. I just leave it sitting on the living room floor and they gravitate towards it whenever they need to cool down (they sometimes even fight over it). Both fit simultaneously if they are in the mood for sharing the space. The mat is tough, too! I don't think their nails can penetrate it." —E Marsh

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in nine colors).

    15. Some colorful flower pots with draining holes and hooks so the plants inside can ~thrive~ while they sit there looking pretty. Look at you with all your newfound space for plants on your deck!

    row of colorful plant pots with hooks that rang on a railing
    Amazon

    Get 10 from Amazon for $25.99.

    16. tiered planter stand that'll show there are ~levels~ to what you'd do to surround yourself with plants...even if your backyard is all concrete.

    two vertical tiered plant shelves with various container plants on them
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in two sizes, both shown).

    17. Metallic spray paint you can use to refinish tired metal furniture for a weekend afternoon project that'll have substantial payoff. Just look at that zhuzhed bistro set!

    before of patio chair with green metal accents
    after of the set looking much more modern with black metal details

    Get it from Amazon for $6.94+ (available in a variety of metallic colors).

    18. A set of stylish stacking chairs will make sure that everyone has a spot to sit when they stop by!

    round outdoor able with an umbrella and white modern looking chairs
    The Novogratz

    Get four chairs from The Novogratz for $299.99.

    19. A set of s'mores sticks to *safely* reach closer to the fire for you so you can achieve the perfect level of toasted on that marshmallow. It's extremely important!

    two pronged sticks with wooden handle spears marshmallow and hotdog
    reviewers roast marshmallow over bonfire in backyard

    Promising review: "These roasting sticks will get the job done. They retract easily and will be perfect for light use (roasting marshmallows) with our fire pit. Not extremely sturdy but not flimsy either. The metal points are not sharp which is a good thing if kids are handling them. I like the storage pouch it comes with too." —Sheri J. O

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $19.98.

    20. And a cute s'mores station you can park nearby so no one has to hunt down the marshmallows when it's time for the best dessert on the planet.

    tray with compartments for different s'mores ingredients
    PalletsandPaintbyJN / Etsy

    PalletsandPaintbyJN is an Oklahoma City-based Etsy shop that specializes in wood signs and decorations.

    Get it from PalletsandPaintbyJN on Etsy for $80.

    21. And some chocolate-stuffed marshmallows that'll take an extra step out of making s'mores. Plus they'll perfect your chocolate-marshmallow ratio!

    two bags of the marshmallows with marshmallows visible so you can see the chocolate inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "A friend had come across these once when they had gone camping for making smores. I thought that they would be great for our 'camping' that we have done during our lockdowns. They make the smores making experience so much easier. I love how the chocolate gets all warm too.

    I have been brave and even tried some of their recipes for other uses for the marshmallows like making hot chocolate for the chocolate/chocolate ones. Super yummy, just make sure to cut them in half and that your milk is very warm before adding them." —MG.

    Get two bags (one original, one chocolate-on-chocolate) from Amazon for $16.99.

    22. A set of jumbo lawn dice you can keep handy for those lazy afternoons when you wanna do something besides just sit around in your wonderful outdoor rooms.

    giant wooden die and scoreboards in a yard
    Amazon

    But what do you do with them? Well, you can use them to play huge versions of your favorite dice games or invent your own! Plus, they come with dry-erase game boards to keep all participants honest ;).

    Get them from Amazon for $31.93.

    23. A sunshade triangle rather than a canopy you can rig up over the patio or the kids' sandbox to block up to 95% of UV rays and keep things a bit cooler.

    The sunshade
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My pool is awesome when it gets into the hundreds of degrees here in California. We decided to grab a 20x20x20 triangle and holy cow does it do a number on the backyard! Not only does it keep my pool better-shaded, but it also keeps the sun off of my back patio during the hottest part of the day."Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.98+ (available in 6 sizes and 13 colors).

    24. Waterproof globe string lights that'll make a big style impact when hung along your roofline, draped on outdoor structures like a pergola, or just strung up solo so you can enjoy the lights *and* the stars.

    reviewer pic of the string lights along roofline in back of house by a pool patio area
    reviewer pic of lights strung up in lines above a patio area with benches

    Reviewers note that you should remove the bulbs before stringing up the strands and then install the bulbs.

    Promising review: "These lights were perfect for my patio, I've recieved plenty of compliments so far. The Edison light bulbs and beautiful and offer the perfect amount of lighting for any occasion...the clips were ideal for my eaves, the overhang of the roof, which made for simple installation...now just need to find a dimmer capable of handling the required wattage and the package will be complete." —Brody Vins

    Get a strand from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in three styles and lengths).

    25. And solar lights you can stake along a walkway or pond right where you need 'em. Lighting is key for getting more use out of your outdoor space in the fall. Oh, and they look nice in the daylight too!

    the solar lights at night
    the solar night along a walkway in the day

    Promising review: "Impressed with the size of the cell which provides a larger surface area for charging. The lights are the brightest I've seen for a solar light and the illumination covers a nice range. Placed them along my pond giving the place a classy look." —Percussionist

    Get six from Amazon for $44.99.

    26. A rolling indoor/outdoor cart so you can load up all your foods and bevs onto this and turn that multiple-trip task into a one-trip breeze.

    teal modern cart with two open shelves
    The Novogratz

    Get it from The Novogratz for $119.

    27. standing weeder (without the chemicals!) to help improve your view of your yard. You're not the only one who has trouble enjoying weed-filled scenery. And hey, while you're weeding with this there's no bending over! Your back will thank you.

    pole-like weeder pulling a weed out of the ground
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is stinking incredible. It should come standard when you get a house. My yard was full of weeds from the last owner, and I filled two buckets full of weeds with this thing in 20 minutes. I had some serious weeds and it got them all in one go, even enormous ones. Best part? To release the weed from the tool is like cocking a shotgun, so you even get to pretend you're hunting zombies while de-weeding your yard." —Carolyn P

    Get it from Amazon for $50.22.

    28. An outdoor drink stakes set that'll hold your beer while you tend to the fire pit or check out how those burgers are faring on the grill.

    Promising review: "As always, my order was shipped quickly and in perfect condition. I love the bright colors and they are talk and sturdy. They are perfect for bottles, cabs, and cups... Not so good with stemmed wine glasses! No problem: I just ordered silicone stemless wine glasses!" —LaDonna Clark

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $36.95. Or get a set made for stemmed wine glasses here.

    29. Rapid-fill water balloons so you can cut down on prep time and get to the backyard fun so much faster. Ahem, water balloon fights are a WONDERFUL social-distancing activity, as the reviewer below found!

    tub full of water balloons
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the best water ballons. Multiple balloons filled at same time, self tie and release with a gentle shake. You can't have too many of these balloons. After all the time spent at home under Shelter in Place guidelines, it was great to maintain 6 ft. apart and have so much fun. The kids were able to play outdoors, maintain social distancing and have a lot of fun with water balloons. Easy and quick to fill. Worth the money. I don't think we can ever return to regular balloons for water battles." —Brenda S.

    Get 350 balloons from Amazon for $27.99.

    30. Or a set of reusable water balloons in case you wanna keep the fun going with FAR less waste. *And* they won't sting when you get nailed, unlike regular water balloons. 

    person's hands holding the knitted yarn balloon-shaped toys
    Mama Love Boutique / Etsy

    Mama Love Boutique is a Sellersville, Pennsylvania-based shop that specializes in these balloons and knit hats.

    These water balloons are handmade with a chenille-like yarn, which means they're soft, absorbent, and a great alternative to wasteful plastic single-use water balloons. 

    Promising review: "Got them, opened them, used them in the same day. I have two boys with LOTS of energy and they had so much fun pummeling me with these water 'balloons' 🤣 and I had fun throwing them right back. Not just for kids. Very well made. So happy with this purchase!" —Carley Campbell

    Get the 12-pack from Mama Love Boutique on Etsy for $29 (available in three color combos).

    31. A lemon-eucalyptus spray I bought and wore while hiking in Greece two summers ago with NO bites! It really smells like lemon but that's a thing I can live with if it means I'm bite-free. Keep it by your back door so you'll remember to keep those skeeters away while you enjoy your personal version of the great outdoors.

    the spray on a map surrounded by other camping supplies like a compass and pocket knife
    Amazon

    It's made with lemon eucalyptus oil (not DEET!) and is supposed to last for up to six hours.

    Promising review: "After an endless amount of North Carolina spring/summers searching for a 'safe for the family' repellent, I stumbled upon this. I had ordered a bottle of Skedattle repellent and a three-pack of this because the reviews for both were high and seemed like a sure thing. The three-pack of this was the same price as one bottle of the other. Well, the Skedattle didn't do anything for those freaking mosquitoes, they still swarmed us like we weren't even wearing anything. But this product, OMG! It actually worked, and not only did it just work, it worked GREAT! I tried a few different trips with this stuff on, and the kids use it every time they go out, and we hadn't had a single bite with it on. I will say though, it has a VERY strong smell, and you definitely want to make sure you reapply this as needed, but other than that, it's a great product. I won't use any other spray from now on." —Will M.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    32. And a mosquito repellent gadget to replace your citronella candles that never quite seem to do what you'd like. This creates a 15-foot zone free of those blood-sucking fiends.

    The repellent
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Excellent product that does precisely what it says it does. We have a large patio area and use one of these on each side of the patio. We live in South Florida and even in the height of mosquito season, we can spend an evening on the patio with these and not get a single bite. These are excellent!" —Luke W.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in 12 colors).

    33. A watermelon cuber to SERIOUSLY cut down on the prep time it takes to dish up this summery fruit. Less time cutting, more time luxuriating in the sun!

    The watermelon cuber with a melon baller and slicer
    Reviewer's picture of cubed watermelon

    You'll also get a melon baller and slicer.

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! I was skeptical that this would actually work, but after reading the reviews I decided to give it a try. It makes cutting up a watermelon so easy and actually kinda fun. Totally recommend." —Stacy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.79.

    34. A brick pizza oven building kit (with a foam form for easier building) in case you've given up hope on having one after trying to price them out...this Etsy shop has tons of plans to help you DIY and save!

    finished oven in backyard
    Brickwood Ovens / Etsy

    Brickwood Ovens is a Lynden, Washington-based shop that sells downloadable pizza oven plans for less than a buck, along with this form! With this form you can build the base and oven in just three weekends (or less). And it looks great with any color of fire brick.

    Get the plans from Brickwood Ovens on Etsy for $169.99

    35. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can pump up the jams while you garden or just relax under an umbrella. Plus it has 360-degree sound with a 24-hour charge, and a splash-proof design to help it survive cannonballs and garden hose ambushes. Your phone in a red Solo cup could NEVER deliver like this. 

    Promising review: "Super easy to set up, charge, pair, and listen. There’s a built-in loop, so I can attach it to my bike for outdoor cycling, a hook in the bathroom for steamy tunes, or my bag for picnics and hikes. Clear sound for listening to both music and spoken word (of course I tested both). Lovely color and sleek overall look with a range of over 30 feet. I can’t wait to bring this to the beach during the NYC summer months. True to product description." —Aminah

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99+ (available in eight colors).

    36. A sneaky cooler that'll also lend a hand as a side table. The more perfectly chilled bevs you have on hand, the longer you'll want to stay outside. You can't argue with math!

    the side table with the top raised to reveal ice and bottles within, also view of the table jut as table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really liked these tables! They were perfect for our backyard party. We bought four of them and used two in the 'Smoking Section.' Many of the guests appreciated the beverages under the tables and it kept beverages cold for a long time. they clean up easily and are lightweight and compact for easy storage. Love them!" —Josh Schultz

    Get it from Amazon for $82.99+ (available in two colors).

    37. An inflatable lounger you can take with you everywhere this summer...including a few steps into your backyard. And to inflate it, you simply run a bit to let the wind catch in it!

    model on an inflated long lounger
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this thing!!! I ordered one for my son and me for lounging in the backyard or the beach. It was a little tricky to blow up without a lot of wind in the backyard, so I used a fan from a small bouncy house. Once it was filled it was SO comfortable and relaxing! It was even better than I expected it to be. Very easy to roll and secure once filled. The material seems very sturdy and I'm not worried about popping it!" —Princess

    Get it from Amazon for $39.98+ (available in 16 colors/patterns).

    38. And a pool raft organizer in case you're a lucky duck with your own (faux) backyard pond but have spent way too much time chasing after floats.

    PVC pipe organizer to hold long pool rafts
    TukeeJoes / Etsy

    Get it from TukeeJoes on Etsy for $85.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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