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Countdown to Summer: Easy Outdoor Updates to Do Now By HGTV

By: Molly Miller

Image by Larisa Koshkina from Pixabay

Simple ways to get in the summer spirit.

Summer is coming. Well, not for another month, but, we all know that Memorial Day (unofficially) kicks off the season of lazy days, pool parties and tropical cocktails. Which is why this weekend is the perfect time to prep your outdoor space for barbecues, alfresco gatherings and relaxing evenings on the porch. These simple DIYs, hacks and project ideas will get you and your outdoor space ready for warmer weather.

Freshen up interiors and exteriors.

Flynnside Out Productions

Since summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, you have plenty of time to finish up these projects before the heat becomes unbearable. Over the next few weeks, spruce up the guest bedroom, switch the direction of ceiling fans and wipe down outdoor furniture. Here are 9 more things to do before summer.

Mosquito-proof the yard.

Summer would be perfect except for one pesky little insect. Keep mosquitoes at bay with these five natural solutions.

Add string lights.

Daniel Contelmo

These beauties add SO much charm. It’s really the easiest way to transform your outdoor space with very little effort. See 10 different ways to hang ’em.

Clean the grill.

Tomas Espinoza

If you plan to host barbecues this summer or just love to grill ALL the food, make sure to give the grill a good scrubbing before using it. This is how to deep-clean the grill in seven steps.

Make an outdoor bar and planter for less than $100.

Rae Sturm

You only need four items and a little bit of outdoor space to make this rustic bar. Here’s how to do it.

Adopt theses camping hacks — ASAP.

Going camping for Memorial Day weekend? You need to see these hacks. From breakfast in bottles to a six-pack carrier serving as a utensil carrier, these tips will get you through many cookouts and camp-outs.