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    30 Things For Your Yard That Don't Cost A Lot But Will Be Used Often

    You can't put a price on the joy of watching squirrels eat nuts off of a tiny picnic table.

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    1. A leaf blower you can use all year long to clear debris off your patio or pathways but *really* get your money out of in autumn.

    a model holding the leaf blower with an orange handle

    Promising review: "I didn't expect such a powerful blower at this price. I have a large front and backyard, and needed a blower that was powerful but lightweight (arthritis) and this delivered beyond my expectations. Great product and great price." —Kristina, USA buyer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.78.

    2. A garbage guard that'll keep pesky flies and other insects from congregating around your can so you can enjoy your foliage in peace.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "Got an outdoor can, the kind the mechanical arm on the garbage truck picks up and tips over, with the lid opening by gravity. Placed this on the inside of the lid, near the hinge to lessen the chances of it being scraped off during emptying and no flies/maggots! No apparent odor, just seems to put a big hurt on the fly party that used to be my trash can (litter box contents, remnants of meat, etc.) " —Michael E. Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $11.53.

    3. A waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker, so you'll never have to fumble with headphone wires when trying to set up some soothing music to accompany your outdoor reading sesh under your yard's favorite tree.

    the tube-like speaker in black

    I've had one of these portable lil' gadgets for two years now (I own the Flip 4) and it hasn't failed me yet! The music is clear and crisp even when I'm using it outside at the windy beach. Definitely a fan — it does exactly what it should!

    Promising review: "This little speaker packs a real punch for its size. The sound quality on this speaker is very crisp and clear and the base is quite deep. I've owned and tested many other speakers in its class and they can't compare. The durability on this thing is insane! I've thrown it down a 50-foot staircase onto asphalt and no problem occurred. I've dunked it in water on multiple occasions and nothing happened. The battery life of this thing is also kind of amazing! But I've got to tell you that this speaker has its limits due to its size. It gets the best quality use in small/medium sized rooms or small outdoor living spaces. Something this size has its limits. Besides that I highly recommend this speaker if you're trying to make your final decision." —Beckett K.

    Get it from Amazon for $89.95 (available in nine styles).

    4. A standing weeder (without the chemicals!) for anyone with a bad back who still wants an award-worthy lawn.

    Made with a bamboo handle and powder-coated steel, it uses a simple lever system to made weeding easy.

    Promising review: "Oh my god, I friggin' love this tool. I bought this on a whim given we bought our first house and know nothing about caring for a yard. Boy has it come in handy. Our new house had a ton of weeds in the front yard and this tool helped me get most of them out in no time. In fact, the process of yanking out the weed was strangely satisfying! I don't think anyone can say that weeding is fun but this tool made it as close to fun as you can get, especially when you see a long root along with the weed you pulled." —JG

    Get it on Amazon for $36.95.

    5. Globe string lights that'll transform your backyard into the hipster haven you've always imagined it could be.

    the string lights in the back of someone's home

    Promising review: "Absolutely love the dim feature! These bulbs are more round than oval like others, but I love them. When they are off, there’s a cool yellow in them that offers a lovely aesthetic when not in use. Our pergola is wired for lights so we mounted them on and almost always dim them because the white pergola reflects the light. These lights have made our patio my new favorite spot in the house. My husband and I find the evenings so relaxing, we’ve literally grown closer together from spending time out under the lights in our new favorite place." —fishurmo

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in 27, 48, and 97 feet).

    6. An oversized outdoor blanket you'll pat yourself on the back for buying after you treat yourself to a delicious spread of snacks and have yourself a darn good day in your own backyard. What could be better?

    a stack of patterned blankets in different colors with fringed edges
    TurkishDowry / Etsy

    Promising review: "I purchased the Turkish blanket in gray. It washed up beautifully on gentle cycle with warm water and dried in dryer on medium. It is soft and very cozy! I bought the burgundy blanket for my daughter! It is a wonderful blanket and I highly recommend it! The shipping was incredibly fast!" —Peggy Kessel

    Get it from TurkishDowry on Etsy for $25.60 (available in 16 colors).

    7. A portable grill you'll be able to use to grill up a delicious feast even if you don't have an abundance of outdoor space.

    the portable propane grill in red

    Promising review: "This grill is great! It has three burners so the things that you are grilling do not cook unevenly. I purchased a 20-lb-to-1-lb propane adapter and hooked up my 20-lb propane to it. It is easy to assemble. I usually prefer a charcoal grill over propane, but this grill came close to giving me the charcoal grill taste, it did not disappoint me. Awesome product!" —Michael S

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99 (available in black, green, or red).

    8. Solar-powered LED garden lights that'll change colors and create the illusion of rising bubbles that'll make your yard feel like an escape to Alice's Wonderland while still ensuring you can see where you're going in during those deliciously crisp fall evenings.

    Solar powered lights in different colors lighting up a pathway
    Yang's Choice Store

    Promising review: "I actually got these for my visually impaired daughter, and they work wonderfully! Beautiful, bright, and entertaining! Best part is that they are solar-powered, so there's no need to buy a ton of batteries!" —Michelle MacIntosh

    Get it from Yang's Choice Store on Etsy for $21.82.

    9. A BBQ tool that'll act as a spatula, tongs, and brush all in one! No more fumbling around for the right grill gadget while your burgers are ready to be flipped.

    a model using the bbq gadget
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "Bought it for my son in law for Christmas, a grill master! Loved not burning his wrist on the big grill, and can pick up all large cuts of meat and small pieces of vegetable without a problem. Very well-made. Extremely pleased with this purchase!" —Joyce

    Get it from The Grommet for $16.95+ (available in 15, 18, or 21 inches).

    10. A hose reel you can count on to keep your hose from becoming an endless stream of knots without disrupting your carefully curated backyard aesthetic.

    a pretty, standing hose holder

    Promising review: "Easy to put together, seems very sturdy, and looks great. I love that I didn’t have to attach this to the house or use any tools and it’s still strong enough to hold up the hose." —Angela H.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    11. A squirrel-proof bird feeder with four perches and a lifetime guarantee (!!!) that'll have your feathered friends flocking to your yard, AKA the hottest restaurant in bird town.

    a reviewer's photo of the vertical, elongated bird feeder in their yard

    Promising review: "I have had a lot of bird feeders and never found a single ‘squirrel proof’ feeder that worked. I’ve had this one about a month now. We live in the countryside and we have SO many squirrels who have tormented our birds and spilled out seed on the ground — and, yes, I put seed out separately to feed the squirrels, too. We have watched for weeks now as one after another of our squirrel population has tried to get seed out of this feeder. They can climb down the wire to it, but hanging onto the feeder’s wire cage, it closes and they finally give up and drop to the ground. It works! I don’t care if I have to buy a new one every year, it is worth the success we’ve had." —jojoarkie

    Get it from Amazon for $34.98.

    12. Light-up flowers to make your boring old yard feel like Avatar's mystical Pandora once nightfalls.

    an array of light up flowers glowing at night

    Promising review: "The pictures don't do these justice. At night my backyard looks like a scene from Avatar. The light itself is not bright, but the colors are very vibrant and intense. The color transition is gradual and glowing. They are hypnotic to watch. During the day they are unobtrusive and don't look too fake or artificial. The green leaves are very bendable, the stems of the flowers are somewhat pliable, and the cloth that makes up the petals can be smoothed and manipulated a bit so you can make them look different and more realistic. I've had them for a couple of weeks and so far they are performing perfectly. They are simply beautiful and we love them!" —Zavanna

    Get eight flowers (between two bunches) from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two color combos).

    13. A macrame hammock chair you'll find so inviting once the leaves start to change colors and the temperatures cool down outside. Mmm so snuggly.,

    I can't help but daydream about curling up in this to read a book outside.

    Promising review: "This swing is so neat! I love it so much. I had been wanting a swing for our deck area under our tree. This exceeded my expectations, I wasn't expecting it to be just as pictured but it really is. And it seems to be heavy duty." —Maggie D.

    Get it from Amazon for $57.89.

    14. Or an outdoor patio set featuring a sofa, two chairs, and a table so you and your fam can relax in style.

    the wicker outdoor furniture set

    Promising review: "I can’t believe how fast this order arrived. The quality of the patio furniture is fair for what I paid and for what it is really worth. The assembling was fairly easily and I actually enjoy being outside on my patio. My dog loves it too. I’m so happy with this purchase." —Algeria from Columbia, SC

    Get it from Wayfair for $196.99 (originally $399.99, available in two colors).

    15. A garden digging tool – it can be used with one hand so you can use the other to call your mom and say "wait, how much sunlight do these begonias need?"

    a model using one hand to grip the handle of the digging tool
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "Works exactly like I'd hope it would. Even in clay soil. Great for spring planting. Recommended." —Brian

    Get it from The Grommet for $17.95 (available in two colors).

    16. A 3D printed geometric planter made from a fully biodegradable plastic so you can add a new accent piece to your yard guilt-free.

    One white and one black 3D-printed planter without any plants inside
    HD3D Printing / Etsy

    Promising review: "I love my pot. It's perfect and Austyn was really nice, answered all my questions pretty fast and didn't mind when I made a special request to get the pot in turquoise instead of black and white. I will definitely be ordering from here again." —Livi

    Get it from HD3D Printing on Etsy for $10.76+ (available in three colors and three sizes).

    17. An rotating sprinkler with an adjustable spraying distance that'll make sure no spot of your lawn goes un-watered.


    Promising review: "I am surprised at how much I like this sprinkler to be honest. I bought it to replace old and broken sprinklers I’ve had forever, and to water my lawn where I have new seed and erosion blankets. It really does cover a huge area, and it seems to get that whole area pretty soaked over a couple of hours. I love it. We have poor water pressure where we live too and this thing performs amazingly well." —TN

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. Organic anti-bug spray you'll want to keep on hand to ensure the time you intend to spend relaxing outside doesn't including swatting insects away from your face.

    the eco-friendly spray

    This spray is made with citronella, rosemary, and lemongrass oils designed to keep insects at bay without the use of harsh chemicals.

    Promising review: "OK. This stuff is incredible. I recently went to a wedding were the ceremony and reception were in a fairly wooded area. The Badger Balm Anti-Bug Spray worked so well and smelled so great that even the bride in her wedding dress asked me to borrow it!! First and foremost, IT WORKS. I am the type of person who bugs attack and I usually spend my summers itching like crazy from all the mosquitoes. But not this year! A friend bought this to a trip in the Catskills and after a full weekend outdoors in the woods, I didn't have a single mosquito bite. This stuff has helped me withstand three long weekends in very wooded areas and countless evenings outdoors. My favorite part of this bug spray is how much it doesn't smell or feel like a bug spray! It has a great lemony scent and doesn't make you feel like you are just spraying poison all over yourself to avoid annoying bugs. I came home from my weekends out of the city without any bites and sunburn-free!" —Caitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19.

    19. A row of colorful flower pots with draining holes and hooks that'll brighten up your deck with very minimal effort.

    a row of colorful buckets with plants in them

    Get 10 from Amazon for $22.99.

    20. A hedge trimmer that'll ensure your neighbors will be peeking over your fence to get a glimpse at how fabulous those bushes look.

    a model holding the hedge trimmer while trimming bushes

    Promising review: "Have hesitated for years to buy a hedge trimmer, but took the plunge on this one. I am pleasantly surprised, light weight easy to handle, cuts my shrubs back easily and trims my 10-foot tall Cyprus cedar with ease!! I'm 76, wish I had bought one years ago!!" —George Goddling

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    21. A set of extendable s'mores sticks you can use to safely burn your marshmallow to a crisp without doing the same to your arm hairs.


    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 $13.58.

    22. An outdoor drink stakes set that'll be there for you when someone challenges you and you say "hold my beer."

    review pic of a bottle of beer in the drink stake

    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 wineglasses! 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.

    23. A solar-powered, motion sensor-activated lights so you can sing "and at last I see the light," like Rapunzel in Tangled each time you step into your yard., Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased these to cover the side of my house. Installation was easy and I left them outside for two days to charge. The light coverage was about what I expected from them and do the job well. The motion sensitivity covers all the side and lights turn on. It has rained about three times and still work great and hoping they last for a long time." —J. Argueta

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $31.99.

    24. A bottle of Yard Odor Eliminator for anyone who loves their pup more than anything but would love them *a lot more* if they didn't have to inhale their pee every time they set foot in their backyard.

    a green bottle of yard odor eliminator

    Promising review: "We have two male dogs. Need I say more? The dog run always had an odor even after watering down after spreading liquid, a cleaning product known to many people. Enter YARD ODOR! After using it just once, the odor was cut by 90% and after two applications, the odor is gone. So glad we tried it." —Roxy

    Get it from Chewy for $20.99.

    25. Solar-powered mason jars you can hang from your fence or scatter on your patio table to bring a super cozy vibe to your yard.


    Promising review: "Wow these are awesome — love them! Worked great right out of the box, simply turn on and hang. These are much different then the standard walkway solar light as they through off a totally different kind of light/glow. They really add a cool vibe to my outdoor landscaping. These are glass jars and they look beautiful. Great purchase." —Tsuk

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $35.99.

    26. Pruning shears, for anyone who has successfully created their own magical rose garden in their yard. Better get yourself a glass jar too to display it like in Beauty and the Beast.

    pruning sheers with a red handle

    Promising review: "I purchased these as a gift for my mother who gardens extensively. She thanked me again for them today declaring that these were the best pruners she has ever owned (she has been at it over 50 years). She cuts the branches off her trees and shrubs, then further trims them into small sections to fit in the recycle trash bags. It is her great joy to work in the yard made even my pleasant through the use of these pruners." —A. Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    27. An outdoor rug with a detailed chevron design that'll take your patio from drab to fab as soon as you unroll it. Hello at-home vacation spot!

    Wayfair, Jessie from Omaha, NE / Wayfair

    Promising review: "This rug is beautiful and although it is light weight it feels very durable. Both ends have a folded over seam making them heavier and preventing the edges from curling up. The pattern is flawless and a beautiful blue color. Exactly what I wanted to bring some color to my tan patio furniture" —Jessie from Omaha, NE

    Get it from Wayfair for $26.99+ (available in 12 sizes and 3 styles).

    28. A bistro set to add a pop of color to your yard *and* provide you with a quaint place to enjoy your morning coffee outdoors.

    two round stools and a rounded table with wooden tops and yellow legs

    Promising review: "Smartly designed for a small space with nesting ability of stools. Modern and unlike anything I could find in a bistro style table for my small condo patio. Highly recommended." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $243.99 (available in two colors).

    29. An adjustable umbrella with lights inside of it that'll make it an asset to your yard's decor both during the day and at night.


    Promising review: "I am quite happy with this umbrella. It’s lightweight, making it easy to open and close. Very attractive. Water resistant. Provides great shade for my deck. The solar feature is awesome I especially like the fact that there’s an on/off switch for the lights so that the lights won’t be on when the umbrella is down. It charges even when in the off position. The lights are not too bright and provide just the right amount of lighting without looking gaudy." —Kathy

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    30. And a picnic table you can easily attach onto your fence or a tree for your bushy-tailed buddies — it's small (like they are) but will pay for itself over and over again as you watch them dine day after day.

    DelgadoHCTreasures / Etsy, Michelle Braga

    I recently gifted this to my brother-in-law who had already managed to gain the trust of his local squirrels (by leaving peanuts out for them in a bowl in front of his house). It's been DELIGHTFUL to receive photos from him of the bushy-tailed creatures snackin' away. This really is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Get it from DelgadoHCTreasures on Etsy for $27.

    So, can I come over and hang out in your backyard?

    The Walt Disney Company

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