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After being cooped up all winter and spring, it's nice to finally go out into your backyard and appreciate everything nature has to offer. Getting to work on some outdoor projects is one of the best ways to enjoy the new sunshine that comes with summertime. 

Here are six home improvement projects to do around the yard:

1. Plant some flowers and shrubs.

There's a reason why most cities have parks and botanical gardens for people to roam around on a nice day - it's pretty! Having lots of flowers, shrubs, and trees around will make your yard look beautiful and feel comforting for you and your family. You can build your own botanical garden by picking and choosing your favorite plants and garden themes, making for a really cool and personal backyard.

2. Fix up old patio furniture.

Over time, patio furniture can become rusty and scratched up due to wear and tear from the elements. If you're wanting to spruce up your outdoor tables and chairs, there's an easy way to do it! Spray a generous amount of white vinegar onto areas containing rust and allow the vinegar to soak into the rusty spots. After 30 minutes of soaking, start sanding down the areas with rust the most. Once sanded down, it's time to repaint with either the color of your choosing or a clear gloss to protect from the elements!

3. Build a firepit.

Sitting around the campfire and playing games or telling ghost stories is one of the first things that come to mind when you hear "summer." There's nothing more summery than roasting marshmallows and having some drinks with friends around a blazing fire. Building a fire pit in your own backyard can be a fun family activity. Home Improvement stores will likely offer fire pit builder kits that include pavers and instructions, allowing you to build your own perfect pit for those lazy summer nights.

4. Deep clean your barbecue.

If you're a veteran barbecuer, your grill has likely seen lots of different foods over the years. It's important to do a nice deep clean on your barbecue every once and a while to make sure all the grit and grime are really gone before grilling up your next meal. One of the easiest ways to deep clean your barbecue is to mix white vinegar and dish soap together in a spray bottle, generously coat the grates, and allow it to sit and soak for 30 minutes, then use a scrubber brush to scrub away at the grates and remove any leftover sludge. 

5. Remove mold from home siding.

If the siding on your house has visible mold and mildew stains, a mixture of white vinegar and water will do the trick! You can use a regular spray bottle and scrub away at the siding by hand, or get yourself a backpack sprayer that can spray down hard to reach places at a higher velocity. Your siding will look good as new!

6. Get rid of weeds.

Weeds can pop up anywhere at anytime, and they spread quickly. Use an all-natural weed killer like this one, and really take the time to go around and spray directly onto the weeds before they have a chance to grow and spread like wildfire.

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