Getting Ready for Those Backyard Barbecues

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Terra_designs_image_2-smallMost states wait until June, July or even August to host their family backyard get togethers and festivities. Here in Tucson, Arizona, the weather is ideal by mid-March for outdoor activities, and Tucsonans are ready to start grilling!

Here are some tips and ideas to help you get your yard and grill ready for those backyard barbecues.

Start by tidying up. Clear the yard of all excess clutter. Put away the frost rags that you used to protect your plants and bushes from the freezing temperatures. Pull up all the dead plants that were lost during the winter months. Now is the perfect time to start trimming the hedges and trees in your yard. Sweep off and power-wash your porch, deck or patio and clean off all your patio furniture.

If there are any cracks in your patio or porch, simple repairs can be made. Start by determining the extent of the damage in your cracked cement patio by making a thorough inspection of the entire area. Cleanse the entire area with an acid cleaner. This will aid in allowing the new cement to attach securely to the old cement. Mix some concrete mixture and apply a thin layer over the repaired areas so that it presents a smooth, even surface. Allow time for the areas repaired in your patio to completely dry before using it.

Last but not least, make sure the grill is ready to go! Thoroughly clean off the grill and barbeque accessories. Stock up on extra fuel or charcoal so that you are always ready to fire up at a moments notice.

For brooms, rakes, hedge trimmers, shears and other simple landscaping tools to help with your entire backyard clean up project, check out the hardware store at Grant Road Lumber. Stocked with all the latest items for the season, the experts at Grant Road Lumber can help get you what you need and even give you the best advice on how to get the project done right. Stop by their store today at 2543 E. Grant Road be sure to use your My Local Home Show Club Card to Buy Like the Pros .