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    24 Proactive Products That'll Solve Your Backyard Problems Before They Even Start

    Including a water-repelling deck stain, ventilated covers for your wine glass, and a zero gravity chair.

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    1. An outdoor drink stakes set to securely hold your glass of lemonade in a safe spot. No more setting your soda on the grass only for it to fall over on the uneven ground, get kicked accidentally, or be invaded by ants.

    The set of six colored stakes holding full-size wine bottles, soda bottles, and Solo cups

    Promising review: "These are wonderful! The colors are bright and fun. The height is perfect. I love the flags on the bottom which make it very easy to get in the ground and also provide a stopping point for the correct height you need. As other people have noted, since it is made to fit a large number of sizes of drinks, a standard beer can does not sit up straight; it leans to the side but doesn't spill. I found this to be a minor inconvenience and not a big deal. I was drinking wine out of a stemless wineglass and it fit perfectly, so I liked the option of putting different sized glasses in them. I got a TON of compliments on them. Highly suggest!!" —J. Harris

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $36.95.

    2. Some vented wine covers so you can let your freshly uncorked cab breathe without it turning into a swimming pool for bugs. The covers are weighted so they won't blow away at the slightest breeze.

    The covers, which have a mesh center

    Promising review: "My husband and I love to enjoy a glass of wine on our back porch at the end of the day. Unfortunately, so do the bugs. These tops work wonderfully. The silicone outside kind of sticks to the glass to keep them in place, and the metal mesh part lets the wine breathe but keeps the critters out. The only better thing would be if they had some kind of sippy spot where you wouldn't have to remove them to drink the wine, but I'm not sure how that would work anyway. I'd buy these again, and probably will if we lose any of them." —DKF

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $19.95 (available in five color combos).

    3. A box of mosquito-repellent incense sticks for warding off buzzing blood-suckers within a 12 foot radius for up to 2.5 hours. They're made with rosemary, peppermint, citronella, lemongrass, cedarwood, and bamboo so they won't offend your nose.

    The green stick burning in an incense holder

    Promising review: "I am so happy to have this mosquito repellent. I wanted something for my back patio in the evenings. This is so pleasant! Everyone comments about the scent; it’s not offensive like other nasty repellent sprays or candles." —Namaste

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    4. An LED bug-zapping lamp because it creates a 500-square-foot pest-free zone so you can finally enjoy your patio again. Shoo, fly, don't bother me indeed!

    A rounded lamp top with protective barriers around the electric bug-zapping interior

    It's waterproof and protects against mosquitoes, flies, moths, wasps, cockroaches, and more.

    Promising review: "Way better than I expected. It charged in a couple of hours and when I turned it on on my mosquito infested front porch, BAM BAM, two in 30 seconds. It really works. It's only been on for a few minutes and it is sending quite a few mosquitoes back to hell where they came from. Great price, great item. I think I will buy another one for the back porch." —Steve C.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    5. Or a more stylish mosquito-repeller lantern that'll create a 15-foot skeeter-free zone *and* blend in seamlessly with your backyard decor. No more dinners and strict outdoor aesthetics will be ruined by mosquitoes and ugly lanterns.

    The black lantern

    Promising review: "Mosquitoes and I are best friends. I'll light six torches, a citronella candle and spray DEET on me and I'll still get bit. I write this review after a fresh rain on my deck next to thick grass in shorts and a T-shirt and say with confidence: this! Buy it!" —Travis Fleming

    Get it from Amazon for $34.80.

    6. A nontoxic disposable hanging fly trap if your garden is overrun by these buzzing pests. Once the bag is full, simply discard it!

    Reviewer photo of the bag, which is filled with flies

    Promising review: "I agree with all of the reviews; this product smells horrible but works amazing. I also agree, the worse it smells, the better it works. We have hung it amongst our garden, out of sight from the house. Everyone who came over for our latest barbecue commented in amazement about our lack of flies around the food. The traps were far enough away that the smell was minimal. I also did put out fresh traps before the barbecue to ensure a pleasurable experience for my guests, traps with the minimal amount of smell." —Jenn N.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.90.

    7. A set of powerful solar-powered disc lights to illuminate any dark spots in your backyard. The lights are waterproof, automatically turn on and off, and provide up to 10 hours of bright light.

    Promising review: "If you want to change the look of your house and add some flair to it, this is the way to go. They are really easy to set up, and are made of a really nice metal material. The lights are really powerful and can really make your house the best on the block. They are really water resistant and anyone who has a house should have these!" —Vixous

    Get four from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two colors).

    8. A soil test kit so you find yourself with a bountiful fall harvest instead of staring at a dead vegetable garden and wondering where you went wrong. This lil' hand-sized gadget will tell you your soil's moisture and pH levels as well as how much sun you're getting.

    The meter sitting in the dirt

    This lil' guy has two needles to ensure accuracy and doesn't require batteries. Just push it two to four inches into the ground and select what you want to test for.

    Promising review: "This device is amazing. I bought it after my gardenia plant wasn't blooming. I came to realize that I was overwatering, and my plant never recovered. Since then, I’ve taken home two amaryllis plants from work that never ever grew. I replanted them and used this device to make sure that I was watering properly and my plants are thriving! It’s a real plant-saver. I even got a monstera as well. And I should note, I usually don’t have a green thumb and kill plants easily!" —Roselle

    Get it from Amazon for $12.74.

    9. A pole chainsaw for trimming dead limbs and branches *now* instead of cursing yourself *later* when the weight of snow and ice causes them to fall and damage your house.

    Close-up of of the saw cutting a tree branch

    Promising review: "I am in construction, so I know my tools. I took it out to my property to trim the oak limbs to make way for a 13-foot-tall RV. This worked perfect. It cut 6-inch oak limbs with NO PROBLEM. Very sharp blade. Easy to operate. Be sure to order bar oil with it. A chainsaw without bar oil will only last a few uses before it starts to fall apart. Also order another chain with it so you will always have a spare on hand. I hit a rock when cutting down low and ruined the chain, but I had a backup so no problem. All in all for the price, this product is undervalued in my opinion. It's not a commercial tool, but it's a very good around the house tool." —Jim W - Houston

    Get it from Amazon for $62.

    10. Or a 28-inch lopper because it'll give you a bit more control (and an arm workout!).

    Hands trimming a tree branch with the lopper

    Promising review: "I was able to cut a six-foot-tall and about four-foot-wide rose bush within minutes! Some limbs were 1-1/2 inches wide! They literally cut like butter; I just had to do the action of cutting the branches, and these clippers did the rest! Never seen nothing like it before! I'm ecstatic. BEST BUY EVER!!! As for the price, WOW!" —Melynda

    Get it from Amazon for $26.59.

    11. A handheld sharpener that'll transform your dull shears into a tool that can actually cut instead something that just smushes the stems. You might be surprised how well your garden tools work once you sharpen them.

    The sharpener, which is U-shaped and has an easy-to-grip handle

    Promising review: "I sharpened my fine gardening snipping shears (I also bought the Pruning Tool sharpener, which I still have to use), my kitchen shears (the ones that come apart in two), and my sewing shears. It's a great product and I love that you can buy replacement carbides some day." —Kimberly Wilson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    12. A zero gravity lounge chair if regular outdoor chairs make sitting comfortably near impossible. The design of this seat helps improve your posture while reducing pressure on your body so you can chill on your back porch for hours without pain.

    Diagram showing the chair and all its features, like the extra large wooden armrests, skidproof frame, detachable head pillow, and reinforced tubing

    Promising review: "I got this as a gift for my father because his back always hurts. He loves it; it really stretches his back out and he’s able to relax outside. Definitely a great buy, I don’t regret getting it for him for Father’s Day." —Darian

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in four colors).

    13. A pair of leaf scoops to ~re-leaf~ your knees and back when you're tidying up your garden. These are great for picking up leaves that fall after a heavy rain as well as cleaning up dead leaves in the fall.

    Model holding the scoops and transferring a large handful of leaves into a trash can

    Promising review: "We have a very large wooded property that requires a lot of leaves and sticks to be raked up. We have tried various brands of leaf scoops but most lasted not even one season. Since purchasing the ReLeaf Leaf Scoops are job has been much easier. First of all is the way your hands grasp the scoops. These are much more ergonomic and are actually like extensions of your own hands. Second, these are very sturdy and do not bend when trying to pick up a pile of sticks and debris. We have made it through the season so far without issue. Next will be the dreaded fall cleanup. I highly recommend the ReLeaf Leaf Scoops which make our yard, woods and garden cleanup easier." —trouble54

    Get a pair from Amazon for $32.95.

    14. A portable 92-inch movie screen so your family's outdoor movie night isn't ruined by the little one in the back whining, "I can't see the screen!" It's lightweight yet sturdy, large enough for everyone (and probably the neighbors) to see, and reviewers say setup takes mere minutes.

    Reviewer photo of the movie screen set up in a backyard with Toy Story playing on the screen

    Promising review: "Completely exceeded expectations. Made for a wonderful movie night on the deck with friends. Very easy to set up and take down, and the screen material seems strong enough to last for a very long time. I was expecting something a little flimsy that would get the job done for a few viewings. This feels like it might be the first and last screen I ever have to buy." —Winecharmer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.50.

    15. A bottle of Yard Odor Eliminator for when your puppy has a bad habit of always peeing on your outdoor furniture. This spray gets rid of poop and pee smells on furniture, swing sets, dog kennels, walls, grass, plants, shrubs, and more.

    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 for $20.99 from Amazon or Chewy.

    16. A standing weeder because the worst part of gardening is having to kneel for hours plucking weeds. My back hurts just thinking about it! Thankfully, this tool has three steel claws that grip weeds and roots so you can pull them out while standing.

    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.

    17. A gutter scoop that'll spare you from getting your hands scratched and dirty removing dead leaves, animals' nests, and mud.

    Reviewer using the red scoop to remove leaves from their gutter

    Promising review: "I really thought this was a gimmick but worth a try for under $4. I was wrong. This little shovel is so great. It made quick work of my clogged gutters and saved my hands from so many scratches. Would buy again 1,000x." —Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $2.96+ (available in three styles).

    18. A GutterMaster if your own personal nightmare is climbing up a rickety ladder and shoveling wet dirt and rocks from the gutter. This telescoping water-fed pole measures 12 feet long so you can stand comfortably on the ground while this does the hard work of loosening clumps of leaves and pine needles.

    Model using the tool attached to a hose to clean gutters

    Promising review: "Don't think that this will make the job easy because the only way to make it easy is to hire someone to do the job! What this did for me was to make the job easier and also allow me to stay closer to the ground. I reached gutters 26 feet from the ground while standing on my stepladder. I sure did get a shoulder workout while using this but still, I'm glad I had this GutterMaster cleaner. It telescopes and locks easily, delivers a strong water stream to move leaves along the gutter and can actually enter the downspout drain area to aim a cleaning steam into the downspout. I was impressed how with ordinary water pressure it could deliver a strong cleaning stream; it really does the job!" —Mary K Hubert

    Get it from Amazon for $72.

    19. Or a debris-grabbing tool that attaches to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground. Its wide paddles deftly collect leaves that are clogging your gutters.


    Promising review: "This thing actually works! My gutters are filled with white pine needles and it does a good job of grabbing them. I was even able to get a section of crabgrass that was over a foot long out of my gutter with it. That took a lot of work. It’s easy to use but if your gutters are a mess like mine you have to take your time with it. And after about 30 minutes of fighting with crab grass it wore me out. It’s just plastic and a spring and fishing line so I definitely wouldn’t fight too hard with stuff in your gutter. Just take your time. It’s a great solution if you’re like me and scared of ladders." —Allison K

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    20. A nut collector you roll across your backyard so you can quickly gather tree nuts, acorns, and even fallen fruit before they start rotting and without ever having to bend down.

    Reviewer photo of their collector filled with nuts

    One reviewer said it even worked for their apples.

    Promising review: "I have three black walnut trees and three different hickory trees. It collects the smaller hickory nuts just as easy as the larger walnuts. I would just advise collecting similar sized nuts during each collection. Overall, this thing saves my back big time! I think this is a must have if you have nut trees." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    21. A hardwood oil treatment for protecting your deck and fence from any late summer rains and future snow.,

    Promising review: "I applied this product on an uncovered deck, which takes a beating from the sun and rain in the summertime and snow sits on the deck in the wintertime. I've tried several other wood sealers but nothing we have used holds up as well as this product. When it rains you can watch the water bead up and run off so you know that this product is working. I apply this product every summer to my deck to keep it in top shape. I also apply this sealer to the wooden floor of our covered porch and the boards shine like brand new. Probably would not have to apply every year to the covered floor area but I do." —Bubba

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in 10 colors and three styles).

    22. Some plant cover because you want to safeguard your garden beds from hungry critters, strong sun, or cold weather (depending on where you live!).

    reviewer pier of the net-like covers over long raised garden beds

    Promising review: "This plant cover is thicker than others that I have purchased and lasts a lot longer. I have it covering my Brussels sprouts right now. The temps are getting hotter so I use it to shade my plants. It is also great to cover my squash plants to keep out the squash vine moths and borers." —C. Dryman

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    23. The FrogLog, an escape ramp you put in your pool that'll save the unfortunate critters who might otherwise drown.

    The ramp, which floats along the edge of the pool

    Promising review: "We had been inundated with frogs last year (I believe due to the borough removing a dam downstream, greatly improving the water quality of the stream behind our pool) and I kept finding little frogs in the skimmers, many of which did not make it until I could rescue them. This product is doing EXACTLY as I had hoped! Since I purchased this the frogs had not been getting in the skimmers and my frog tally for 2016 is now 28 rescued, 14 fatalities. Here is my proof." —Sandra J. Christian

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    24. A garbage guard if there's always a cloud of flies hovering around your outdoor trash cans. It sticks to the inside of your garbage can and releases an odorless vapor that prevents buggies for up to four months.


    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.

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