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    Just 27 Things To Help Improve Your Yard

    These products may actually convince us indoor cats to spend some time outside.

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    1. A portable 120-inch screen that'll turn your family's regular movie night into a fun night out (at least, out to the backyard). This is lightweight, sturdy, and reviewers say it's a cinch to set up.

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    Promising review: "This is a good, solid design with straight forward setup. A great value! Perfect for creating an outdoor theater for the family. Very easy to set up and take down!" —Nate Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $105.97.

    2. A poolside rocking chair — an elegant addition to your outdoor furniture sure to help you relax under the sun. Or, if you'd prefer, sit in this rocker, turn on some Led Zepplin, and *ahem* ROCK ON!! It's your yard, do what you want!

    Low white piping rocking chair in grassy backyard
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are delightful, modern rockers. I bought two of these and they've been baking in the sun and subjected to our humid/salty air for about a month — so far they are holding up great, no rust or fading. What I love the most is that the white powder coat keeps them from being too hot, so even when it's blistering outside, you can still sit in these chairs. I wanted something that would be comfortable without cushions, but also easily dressed up, and these fit the bill. I'm great at assembling furniture and pretty dang strong, but I did need my husband to force one of the rocker bars into place." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $117.99 (available in two styles and five colors).

    3. A canopy to create some shade in your sunny yard without taking away from the open fresh-airy-ness that brought you outside in the first place.

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    You can purchase the hardware set to attach this canopy to your home for $14.99.

    Promising review: "Have had it up for over a month and it is holding up very well to sun, wind, rain, and storms. I take it down when I get enough forewarning of strong storms, but sometimes we've been out of town and it has held up quite well. We roll it up and to the side using the installation kit anchors when we get warning for strong winds. But, like I've said, we've come home after storms to small branches down in the yard, but the sail was good. It does a great job of blocking the sun and cools the house and patio quite nicely from the summer sun." —Ms. Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in 11 sizes and 10 colors).

    4. A poolside sign that's gonna give your kids clear instructions about where they should hang their wet towels and swimsuits. Having soggy towels strewn about the patio is about to be a thing of the past, people!

    Rectangular wooden sign with metal hooks. The sign says "Towels and Suits" in a nautical script.
    Just Beachy Shop

    This Portsmouth, Virginia-based small business has everything your beach-loving heart could hope for! You'll find shark decor, nautical signs, vintage beach pieces, and more.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love my sign! Definitely added just what we needed to our little outdoor beach shower!!" —Charlene Ray

    Get it from Just Beachy Shop on Etsy for $77 (available in five colors).

    5. A set of outdoor string lights – they'll be a particularly *bright* idea if your goal is to dazzle everyone who steps into your yard at night.

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    Promising review: "These are so cute and perfect! I have a decent-sized balcony and have been looking to turn it into a relaxing area. I got my lights within a few days and I immediately opened up my package, everything was there, no broken bulbs and a spare bulb. I then tested out the power and these lights are perfectly bright and still set a very calming and intimate scene." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in three lengths and colors).

    6. A bestselling squirrel picnic table to be the *most* practical purchase you could make for your yard...if ridiculously adorable wildlife photos are what you want in life.

    Farmhouse picnic table mounted to a tree trunk with a metal bucket on the table top
    Pura Vida Creations1

    This couple-run company is owned by Lea and Jeff, who make custom woodwork. They have yard signs, home decor, animal feeders, furniture, and even chicken coops. BTW, the shop is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

    Promising review: "This is THE CUTEST handcrafted picnic table I have seen! I love the colors that I purchased — the brown color for the table and seats along with the white, which provides great contrast for the frame of the table. I choose the turquoise color for the picnic bucket. I gave this as a Father's Day gift and my dad thought it was the coolest product — one that he's never seen before for squirrels. I can't wait to put it up on the fence and watch the squirrels eat from it! :) Great quality and such a cute idea!" —Megan

    Get it from Pura Vida Creations1 on Etsy for $25.19+ (available in two styles and 10 bucket colors).

    7. Or a citronella candle so you can keep those bugs away while enjoying a soothing sent at the same time.

    Candle in glass jar with decorative label and lid
    Lumiere Candle Company

    Lumiere Candle Company is based in Manchester, Connecticut, and has over 400 candle tins, jars, and wax melts to choose from.

    Promising review: "I really love this candle! It's great quality and the smell is fantastic. Most importantly? It keeps the bugs away!" —Rachel Miller

    Get it from Lumiere Candle Company on Etsy for $11+ (available in three sizes).

    8. A portable Cuisinart vertical smoker for people who only cook when they can do it outside. This *treasure* slow-cooks everything from turkey to brisket. That's a smokin' hot accessory to have in your yard, if you ask me.

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    Promising review: "So far I've smoked a pork tenderloin, chickens, Cornish game hens, a prime rib, and an 18-pound turkey. I couldn't be happier with the way everything has turned out. This product is incredibly easy to use: you just set the temperature, put the meat inside the smoker, and walk away. It doesn't use an open flame so it's great for apartment balconies where you might not be allowed to grill. Cooking and cleaning are both easy, and I'd recommend this product for beginners and experts alike." —William H.

    Get it from Amazon for $173.89.

    9. A four-piece furniture set that just might make your backyard better furnished than your living room.

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    Promising review: "Wow! Such a great set! It comes in a surprisingly small box — these people must be great at Tetris! It was easy to put together and they even made all the screws the same size! Super comfy and looks great on my new deck!" —Jennifer Cupkey

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99+ (available in four cushion colors).

    10. A set of four motion sensor lights you can mount pretty much anywhere in your yard, helping you see clearly when your black lab has no plans to go back inside after you let her out. Thanks to these lights, ol' Shadow will always be hiding in plain site.

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    Promising review: "These lights are great!! No lag time when you walk out! As soon as I open the storm door, they turn on quicker than when flies hits the poo!! The eight LED lights are way bright enough, too!! I am ordering more for the back porch and for the garage!!" —Kevinss

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A raised cedar garden bed that'll help plants and produce grow weed-free. All you have to do is pour nutrient-rich soil on top. Don't have much space to begin with? Then Square Foot Gardening is a great stop to see how to grow loads with the space you've got!

    The wooden garden bed
    NaturesSquares / Etsy

    This is a great stop if you're looking to support WOC-owned small businesses! Owner Leslie Perry specializes in handmade garden beds of various sizes. BTW, this shop is based in Smyrna, Georgia.

    Get a 3'x1'x1' cedar garden bed from NaturesSquares on Etsy for $95.

    12. A cedar oil insect killer you can use to decrease the number of fleas, mosquitoes, scorpions, beetles, and gnats that are probably calling your yard home.

    The bottle of the insect spray and kids in the background
    Amazon

    This is free of pesticides, fragrances, and artificial colors. It's safe to use on lawns, gardens, patios, vegetables, flowers, dog kennels, and grass. It's also safe to use on areas where your pets or kids play. The spray treats and prevents infestations from ants, ticks, chiggers, crickets, Japanese beetles, and roaches. Just FYI, some reviewers note that because of the added cedar oil the product may attract carpenter bees if you already have a few flying around.

    Promising review: "Wow! Well worth the money! Two months ago, we purchased 70 acres in Virginia and decided to start a hobby ranch. Because we are on well water, I was looking for a safe alternative to normal pesticides — that's when I learned about cedar oil. Due to the mild winter, the ticks are extremely bad this year. I purchased this and I was pleasantly surprised. I first used it on our inside dogs and sprayed it directly on some visibly alive ticks. When they say it kills them immediately, they mean it. Later that afternoon, I found one latched on to me so I sprayed directly on it and again dead within seconds. The best part is that it doesn't leave an oily residue and smells great. I will be buying in bulk from here on out." —Timothy J Sullivan

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    13. A bamboo mason bee house — a friendly way to let neighboring bees know they are welcome to hang out (and pollinate the flowers) in your yard.

    Reviewer photo of the bee house, which is made with pre-rolled tubes that give bees plenty of small places to nest
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a very nicely made mason bee house that should last a long time outdoors. It has a slight overhang in the front to protect the entrances from rain or snow. It has a hanger with a slot for a screw on the back. It has has a small rope attached at the top, but I will not hang it that way because the rope may deteriorate over time. I'm looking forward to hanging this as soon as the weather permits!" —Alison

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    14. A portable high-top party bar – it's gonna easily store water, beer, soda, and other cocktail-ready beverages, making a random corner of your yard THE place to be this summer.

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    Promising review: "Definitely a good buy! I love the portability and the storage shelf! The easy on/off covering provides an air of privacy. It sets up easy and holds its own! A very versatile year round serving & entertaining tool! I love the carry case that comes with it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99.

    15. A hanging hammock chair that'll make your backyard so cozy you'll wonder why the indoors even exist.

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    Promising review: "Hands-down the most comfortable hammock we've ever been in. Something about this chair puts you into REM sleep almost immediately because of how amazing it feels. One friend described it like being hugged by a cloud." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in four colors).

    16. A rectangular patio umbrella for protecting your favorite patio chair from becoming lava-hot in the sun. Your cheeks will thank you for it.

    An umbrella sticking out of a table and providing shade for the table and six chairs
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "This umbrella is of excellent quality and it's large enough to help shade a very hot patio. The color is brilliant and the price is excellent." —Christopher

    Get it from Wayfair for $108.99 (available in four colors).

    17. A garden dump cart sure to help you out if moving around large amounts of dirt, rock, and other materials is a common occurrence with your backyard Tetris games. It has a 600-pound capacity and easily tilts to dump, which is great, considering you're thinking of moving the coy pond any day now.

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    Promising review: "It's full of gourds from the garden this very minute. It was great pulling it around and navigating the vines. I need better skills backing it up, though. It was full to the top with gourds, then I added water with the garden hose to the top and it was still easy to maneuver. Great product, which I actually bought for the cabin, to haul luggage and firewood up a steep narrow trail, I might have to get another as I don't want to part with it around the house." –Beth G.

    Get it from Amazon for $160.03.

    18. A leaf blower/vacuum with a built-in mulcher. The angled snout of this blower is gonna make cleaning in awkward spots (like under your deck) a cinch. Grab this and suck up all those hidden leaves!

    A model using the leaf blower with the mulcher bag around their shoulder
    Amazon

    This can chop up to 16 bags of leaves so they fit into just one bag!

    Promising review: "I have two very large red oak trees in my yard and they tend to dump a lot of leaves all over my yard and my neighbor's yard. Before this arrived, I blew them into a pile awaiting the shipment so I could mulch them up. I previously had a mulching attachment for my line trimmer and it wasn't that great, but it did the job. In comparison, this was far better. It had rained the morning before I tried this out, so the leaves were wet, which made the work a little slower than with dry leaves, but it still worked. It did get bogged down one time, but I was overfilling the bag when it happened, so it was partly my fault. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a mulching vac." —Matt Hamilton

    Get it from Amazon for $83.

    19. A reliable Webber charcoal grill that won't cost you a fortune, despite working like a far more expensive grill. Reviewers say this holds its temperature, has a large cooking area, cooks food evenly, and is easy to clean.

    Jay via Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this grill! I'd been wanting to buy it for almost a year and am so excited to finally have it. I had my first barbecue outside and the Webber was fantastic. I was able to fit burgers, hot dogs, potatoes, and pineapple on the surface at the same time. There's lots of space to cook various foods at once. I love the easy ash cleanup thanks to the bottom bucket. This product is very sturdy and stable, and I put it together in 10 minutes." —Dani L.

    Get it from Amazon for $175 (available in three colors).

    20. A handy, dandy turf spreader so you can efficiently distribute seeds and fertilizer across your lawn with practically no effort.

    The turf spreader that looks like a small cart
    Amazon

    Promising review: "What I like most about this spreader is that it is small and light. Other spreaders, when they hit a depression in the lawn stop, can deposit too much fertilizer. This unit just skips over the dents and holes in my lawn, making for a quicker and more thorough job. Sometimes less heavy-duty is good." —Doris

    Get it from Amazon for $36.48+ (available in four styles and two sizes).

    21. A set of decorative throw pillows with darling botanical prints that'll totally make up for the fact that your yard doesn't have a living thing in site. Gardens are HARD.

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    Promising review: "These pillows are so cute! I bought them originally for my patio and brought them inside due to the rain we’ve had the past few days and now I’m in love with how they look in my dining room! Trying to decide whether to buy another set. I absolutely love these covers and the quality is amazing." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.99+ (available eight sizes and 19 different sets).

    22. A rechargeable, waterproof cooler light sure to help you out at night when you can barely see the cooler itself, let alone the drinks you have left inside it.

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    One charge is good for 60 hours of white light and up to 31 hours of red light.

    Promising review: "Such a neat item! I purchased this for my husband’s hunting trip and he’s truly enjoyed the handiness of the light. He said it provided extra light in the dark wilderness. The light is compact, and easy to charge. It lasted multiple days from one charge. Also, the different light modes are fun and one can even have a party with the blinking effect!" —Elena

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    23. A color-changing inflatable pool ball that's solar powered and lasts about eight hours on a charge, so you can turn your pool into a pool PARTY — even if you're just enjoying it on your own.

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    Each light cycles through red, blue, white, and green.

    Promising review: "My pool is so old school and boring that I bought these to liven it up and what a difference!! My pool went from 'meh' to WOW! The balls are easily inflated by mouth like a beach ball. Once inflated, a few hours in the sun and they are charged and ready to go. They light up after dusk (it has to be rather dark). There is no manual way to power them on or off; they glow all night long. The changing colors are vibrant and very beautiful. They have a loop at the top if you would like to hang them. They would be magical hanging in a tree or from a pergola. I really liked how easy these were to fill and charge, and I like the solar power and the amazing color display. They make my inner child happy." —J. Matheson

    Get one from Amazon for $17.09+ (also available in a four-pack).

    24. A weather-resistant 8-foot wooden path to add some charm to your own secret garden.

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    Promising review: "The cats love to sleep on them and they do keep the wetter pathways dry under your feet. They are lasting quite well and although not cheap by any means, they are standing up to cats and people walking on them all day long. They are surviving both rain and sun and wind. We will be purchasing more." —susan osako

    Get it from Amazon for $64.90.

    25. An outdoor pizza oven, because summers in the backyard are for snackin'! This is an authentic gas, charcoal, and wood-powered cooker that'll cook up to 930 degrees. It's time to spend the summer working on the perfect pizza crust.

    A pizza straight out of the oven behind it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is easy to use and great quality. It cooks pizzas to perfection. I like that you can use charcoal or wood/pellets. We also use the oven for a lot more than just pizzas, super fun to use. I really like the look of it as well, sharp design and extremely portable, very lightweight. A great buy — I would HIGHLY recommend! We enjoy cooking pizzas with the entire family and the kids love the pizza!" —John Mercer

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99.

    26. A trampoline sprinkler for keeping the kids entertained all day long. This clever summer upgrade is sure to make a splash!

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    Promising review: "I was worried that this sprinkler wouldn’t be quite long enough to go around our 15-foot trampoline but it is a perfect fit. Installation was super easy with the zip ties provided. I like that the zip ties are the type which can be removed so that we can either adjust it, or remove it for winter storage. My kids had a blast jumping on the wet trampoline. They said it gives them super powers! It is a simple, but really neat design. The spray is a fairly fine mist instead of a hard spray, which the kids like. We are going to enjoy this a lot on hot summer days." —Eagle

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in six styles).

    27. And finally, a fishing lure mailbox for tipping the scales of traditional mailboxes and letting your front yard in on the fun!

    Mailbox that looks like a fish-shaped lure
    Cabela's

    Promising review: "Sometimes it catches junk mail but guaranteed catch six out of seven days with this bad boy. Pretty sure our neighbors are incredibly envious." —AliciaSTL

    Get it from Cabela's for $79.99.

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