36 Tips For Making Your Outdoor Space The Best It Can Be This Spring

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Soon it'll be actually nice enough to be outside, so why not ~deck~ out your patio with some new string lights and furniture.

1. Give your deck, patio, or balcony a lovely, warm glow with an inviting strand of string lights. These are made up of mini Edison bulbs, so they're a step above your average fairy lights and look so pretty once the sun has set.

reviewer photo of the string lights lit at night and attached to a wooden deck railing

reviewer photo of the string lights lit up during the day and hanging over a backyard deck

Promising review: "I have these lights hanging outside over my patio. They are very bright but not overly bright like spotlights and are perfect for lighting up the backyard for parties. We keep them up all year long during rainstorms, hot weather, and snowstorms, and they still work like the day I bought them. Highly recommend!" —Joseph

Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in three sizes and seven styles). 

2. Take advantage of the milder temps by investing in a sturdy picnic table with benches — dinner al fresco for the win! This one conveniently folds down flat and won’t take up all of your yard space when it’s not in use.

reviewer photo of the gray table and benches on a lawn near a lake

the taupe table and benches on an outdoor patio

Linda / Wayfair, Wayfair

Promising review: "Easy to assemble and perfect for additional seating and dining options on the patio! Best part is that it folds flat to store in the garage for the winter." —GL

Get it from Wayfair for $306.99+ (originally $487; available in gray or taupe). 

3. And if your space is on the smaller side, enjoy warm weather drinks and bites with a super cute outdoor bistro set that'll give your little slice of paradise some cheery color. 

reviewer photo of the yellow bistro set on a patio

the blue bistro set folded up flat

The set comes with two chairs and a table, and folds up flat and compact to save space!

Promising review: "This is the greatest bistro set ever. I ordered the mint green and it came exactly as photographed. All three pieces are heavy, stable, and sturdy. Highly recommend!" —Maria Previs

Get it from Amazon for $109.99+ (available with or without seat cushions and in nine colors).

4. Keep your grass from becoming an overgrown jungle thanks to a push lawn mower, which will keep your yard neatly trimmed without the noise you'd get with an electric one. Your neighbors will be forever grateful — and jealous when they see how nice your grass looks!

reviewer photo of the lawn mower trimming a path through a patch of long grass

reviewer photo of the lawn mower on freshly cut grass

Promising review: "Great purchase! This mower worked much better than I thought it would. Easy assembly. My girlfriend and I put it together in 15 minutes. Some people are in disbelief that I bought and use this, especially seeing as I've never cut my own grass. This has saved me so much money. My grass seems to be healthier than it ever has. And it's great exercise. My only regret is that I wish I would have bought the bigger one. I have a lot of grass for the small one. More exercise I guess...five stars!" —Bonnie Phillips

Get it from Amazon for $81.04+ (available in two sizes). 

5. Wrap your hose around this chic Hose Holder rather than letting it get tangled up in a messy pile beside your house. Plus, it comes with a handy shelf for storing gardening tools and other small outdoor items.

the black hose holder attached to the side of a house with a hose wrapped around it and various gardening supplies in its shelf

Modern Aspect / Etsy

Hardware (two screws) is provided.

Modern Aspect is a small biz based in Salt Lake, Utah, specializing in sleek, modern outdoor home goods, like mailboxes and number plaques. 

Promising review: "Incredible quality and design. An awesome upgrade going with this hose holder versus the generic vanilla designs found at the big box stores. Thank you for making this!!!" —Christopher Zibach

Get it from Modern Aspect on Etsy for $98 (originally $140). 

6. Turn your deck into an outdoor lounge via a comfy sectional set you'll wanna lay out on with a book on warmer afternoons. Keep a refreshing bev close at hand on the included table!

reviewer photo of a sofa chaise sectional and small table on a balcony

Psst: The lounger portion is detachable in case you want some relaxing isolation!

Promising review: "I’m shocked by how comfortable this is. It has more cushion to it than my couch. I’m someone who will spend hours on my patio for meetings and such. I put it together by myself. The trick is to put the screws all in before tightening them, otherwise it will seem like they don’t fit. Put the screws in and twist a few times. Once you have them all in, then go back and tighten them. Trust me, it’ll save you doing extra work. This set is actually bigger than I expected, table included. Very pleased with this purchase." —Brooke D

Get it from Amazon for $399.99 (available in four colors).

7. And give your patio a luxurious touch with an inflatable outdoor ottoman to prop your feet on when the weather is just too nice to stay inside. 

a reviewer photo of a patio chair with a printed ottoman in front to it

a reviewer photo of a patio chair with a palm-printed inflatable ottoman in front to it

Just inflate the interior pouf and stick it inside the water-resistant cover.

Promising review: "Love these! Ordered two more. The fabric is very nice and sturdy, especially for outdoors. The inflatable part appears to be good quality. How to: Place the inflatable inside of the cover before inflating it. Do not inflate to full capacity or it will look like an inflatable and will not rest in a nice flat position. Far nicer than I imagined. They look great flanking my outdoor rattan sectional." —Cali g

Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in 20 styles).

8. Repel pesky insects by lighting a chic-looking citronella candle, because a mosquito-free backyard is one you'll wanna spend more time in. It's got refreshing notes of lemon and lemongrass and has a 60-hour burn time, so take that, buggies!

the don't bug me candle

Anchored Northwest / Etsy

Anchored Northwest is a husband and wife-founded small biz based in Spokane, WA, making the most delicious-smelling candles and room sprays.

Promising review: "Haven't lit it yet but the candle smells great! The smell alone is so potent even without lighting it yet, we've seen a decrease in mosquitos just leaving it out!" —Michelle Gulino

Another promising review: "Great, light scent that sent the early spring Texas bugs packing when I lit it last night." —Jessica Booth

Get it from Anchored Northwest on Etsy for $22.45 (originally $24.95). 

9. Fill your space with some tunes with a highly rated portable Bluetooth speaker, which is also waterproof in case of unexpected April showers!

reviewer photo of the black speaker resting on one of its ends on an outdoor table

reviewer photo of the black speaker on an outdoor table next to a can of beer

Promising review: "Great sound quality for a small product. We use it while sitting outside or near our fire pit at night. We can take our JBL everywhere and not overpower our neighbors with our music. Very happy with our product." —Mary B.

Get it from Amazon for $89.95 (available in 14 styles and several bundles).

10. Zhuzh up your patio courtesy of a very spring-like floral outdoor area rug, because let's face it, concrete isn't the most inviting material. It'll add some color to your space and you'll be able to walk barefoot without getting your feet dirty or scratched up!

reviewer photo of the color floral rug on an outdoor patio next a bench covered with pillows

reviewer photo of the blue, green, and orange rug on an outdoor patio

Promising review: "This rug is the perfect addition to our backyard oasis! It is comfortable, durable, and the colors are great. I have gotten so many compliments on it in the month that we’ve owned it. It completed our backyard deck area perfectly and the colors are just great." —CandidlyCady

Another promising review: "This rug is awesome! It looks great, has been through the weather ringer from summer 'til December, and still looks fantastic in color. Worth every penny!" —beazermcgee

Get it from Amazon for $26.60+ (available in 20 sizes and nine styles). 

11. Prevent your nosy neighbors from spying on you by putting up a subtle yet effective privacy screen. You deserve some peace while you're relaxing on a mild spring day! This one even comes with two planters, making it just as decorative as it is functional. 

reviewer photo of the planter privacy wall holding pink flowers

reviewer photo of the wooden screen at night, decorated with string lights and faux ivy

FYI, reviewers say it's not necessarily difficult to assemble, but that having a drill makes it much quicker and easier. 

Promising review: "I love these screens! They turned out so beautiful and add a nice bit of privacy to our outdoor space." —Olivia

Another promising review: "I was worried because this was on the pricey side, but I think it is worth the money!!! It is sturdy and beautiful! Went together easily and I am so glad I bought it!" —Justin Moore

Get it from Amazon for $341.85 (also available with a waterproofing brush). 

12. Get rid of unsightly mold and mildew with the help of a multipurpose Wet and Forget outdoor cleaner, because you do not, in fact, have to live with those green moss stains you thought were permanent. Just spray some on, and you should notice a huge difference in as little as a week!

reviewer before and after showing a mold covered stone patio next to one that's mold-free after being sprayed with the cleaner

reviewer photo of some outdoor patio tiles showing three that are green and one that isn't, since it was sprayed with the cleaner

Tougher black stains could take several months to go away, and if needed, you can re-spray 1–2 months after the first application. 

Promising review: "I have a brick patio. When I bought this house it was covered, and I mean covered with moss. A good power wash each spring was never enough to stop the moss from returning, and month after month during the summers was a struggle, man vs plant. I did that for two years, cursing and complaining the whole time. This April I did my spring power wash as usual and immediately treated this patio. It is now going into August and I have not had even a wisp of moss this year — I mean nothing! I would recommend this product without any reservations. When you put it on you may think to yourself that it doesn't look like you really did much. It dries quickly and looks the same as it did before, but wow does it do exactly what it says it will do." —PM in NH

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in a two-pack).

13. Infuse some vibrant color into your outdoor decor by way of a set of rainbow flower pots you can hang on your fence or trellis. Nothing says, "Spring has sprung" quite like these beauties!

reviewer photo of the colorful planters hanging on a white picket fence

reviewer photo of the colorful pots hanging on a panel of blue slats

They have detachable hooks and drainage holes. 

Promising review: "I love these. They look great on my little patio. They are very well made and super easy to put together. They drain well and hold a fair amount of flowers and soil for the size. I found them to be sturdy and they seem pretty durable. It’s a really good value for the price, too. I highly recommend!" —Anonymous

Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in black or white).

14. And make your yard feel like a lush garden — even if you're sorely lacking a green thumb — with some realistic-looking faux flowers. Reviewers say they're shockingly lifelike, and if you're a spring allergy-sufferer, you'll like 'em even more!

reviewer photo of the faux white flowers arranged in a stone planter

reviewer photo of the pink faux flowers in a pot

Promising review: "Super cute! I love them. I’m awful with plants so I put these outside and you can’t even tell they’re fake. Perfect for someone who doesn’t have a green thumb!" —Tori

Another promising review: "These lavender flowers are so real-looking! I love the rich, true color and how durable they are in bad weather conditions. My kind of potted plants to have!" —Victoria K

Get a set of 24 from Amazon for $28.99+ (also available in smaller sets and 10 varieties). 

15. And (!) drape some lovely faux ivy over walls and fences to add some greenery to your space, zero upkeep required. Just because you live in a city and don't have any actual grass doesn't mean you can't put a little ~spring~ in your outdoor space's step!

reviewer photo of the garland arranged above an outdoor patio table

reviewer photo of the garland hung on a tall outdoor wall

FYI, some reviewers noted that the garland has a strong odor upon opening, but that airing it out outdoors for a day or two did the trick!

Promising review: "They give life to my patio. I got them a few months ago, have been outdoors under sun and rain, and still look fresh and bright. They don't look fake like others. These leaves truly give the perfect touch." —Bee P

Get a set of 24 strands from Amazon for $15.99.

16. Create a more communal space via a sturdy fire pit that'll quickly become the centerpiece of your backyard. Use it for cooking hot dogs, keeping toasty on cooler nights, or simply admiring those flickering flames. 

reviewer gif of the fire pit lit up at night

reviewer photo of the lit fire pit on a patio during the day

For added safety, it's recommended to use with a fireproof mat.

Promising review: "Awesome fire pit for the patio. Our family loves having fires at night, and we’ve had quite a few fire pits. This one is sturdy and the perfect size. The depth is better than ones we’ve had in the past, and the flat bottomed feet make it easy to drag it closer or further away using the provided poker tool. Definitely recommend this one over other products like it." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $199.

17. And impress outdoor party guests with a marshmallow roasting set, because surprising friends with DIY s'mores is a surefire way to cement your patio's title as ~the place to be~.

someone roasting a marshmallow over a fire pit using the roasting stick

the box of four roasting sticks

Donebetter / Etsy

They fold up to be nice and compact, but extend when you need them so the only thing that gets burnt is the marshmallow. Plus, you can get them engraved if you like!

Donebetter is based in Dennis Port, MA, and specializes in all sorts of personalized gifts, from wooden cutting boards to leather wallets. 

Promising review: "These were the perfect gift for my sisters family who love to make s'mores over their fire pit! The packaging is amazing and the quality is wonderful for gift giving. Perfect!" —Kaitlin Mercurio

Another promising review: "Absolutely love that these are so long and have blunt ends! The other ones we had were so sharp I was always worried about the kids impaling themselves!" —Laura

Get it from Donebetter on Etsy for $29.95+ (available in two sizes, engraved or not, and in 19 font options). 

18. Illuminate your yard and walkway by installing some solar ground lights — no charging required! Now, you and your guests can come and go at night without tripping on any rogue garden hoses. 

reviewer photo of the solar lights illuminating a yard and walkway

They have little spikes you just stick into the ground, and they're designed to endure even extreme weather conditions. 

Promising review: "This is the second set of these lights we have ordered. We loved and got so many compliments on the first set, we decided to get the second set to add to the landscaping. They're amazing at lighting pathways at night, look great from the road, and are super easy to install!! Highly recommend!!!" —Amazon Customer

Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in cool or warm lights, as well as a pack of 16). 

19. Take your kitchen outdoors courtesy of a compact Weber grill. It'll probably become your go-to warm weather appliance, since it'll let you cook up meat, veggies, and seafood without subjecting yourself to a stifling kitchen. Not only will it make your patio your new favorite place to be, it'll also fill the space with such wonderful aromas, the neighbors will start inviting themselves over. 

reviewer gif showing meat cooking on the grill

reviewer photo of the black grill on a raised patio

I grew up eating food my dad cooked on his Weber grill, and you really can't beat the flavor you get from using charcoal. Plus, it's the perfect size for making a good deal of food without taking up too much space!

Promising review: "Affordable and reliable. Perfect for our backyard. We prefer charcoal to gas, and we've cooked about everything under the sun on this bad boy. Easy to assemble. Easy to clean. Exactly what we wanted." —Marci Manley

Get it from Amazon for $139+ (available with or without a cover). 

20. Or turn your deck into a BBQ hangout with a highly rated gas grill, which will have dinner on the table in a flash. It heats up in no time, and the four-burner design is great when you're cooking for a crowd. 

reviewer photo of meat and corn being cooked on the grill

reviewer photo of the stainless steel grill on a deck

Don't forget the propane tank!

Promising review: "This is my third gas grill and this is the best one so far. To me, the biggest issue is 'even heat' across the surface and this one is very even. My last grill had one super hot area, a couple of them just hot, and a couple of cooler areas. Was a pain, you had to stand there switching positions of the food so none got overcooked too fast. This grill doesn't have that issue. Very pleased with this purchase." —Ron

Get it from Amazon for $229.99 (also available in several bundles). 

21. Stay cozy on chillier evenings by way of an outdoor heater, because we all know how fickle spring weather can be. And if you have a screened-in area, you'll be able to use it year-round with one of these babies!

reviewer photo of two heaters above the doors of an outdoor deck

reviewer photo of three heaters hung up on the ceiling of a covered deck

Promising review: "Finally I can use my deck when it's normally just a little chilly. Great product and easy to set up. I found it easy and quick to install with only four screws. Having the remote is key and I was hoping it had a timer, which it does. The last thing you would want to do is leave this heater running overnight because you or a guest forgot to turn it off. The remote allows you to set the timer from 1-8 hours quickly." —Jim McGimsey

Get it from Amazon for $126.71.

22. And increase the airflow with a powerful outdoor fan so you're not sweating through your clothes on hotter spring days. 

reviewer photo of the black fan on an outdoor patio next to a grill

reviewer photo of the fan hung up on a post on a back deck

It includes a bracket in case you'd like to mount it to a wall, but you'll need to provide your own screws

Promising review: "I ordered two Lasko fans yesterday and they arrived in less than 24 hours. They are well made and all metal construction. High output of air on even the lowest setting. Very quiet. When mounted on the beams of my covered patio they are easily adjusted. Can be lifted off the included hanger attachment very easily to sit on the attached stand. The hanger attachment does NOT come with mounting screws and you will need to provide your own. I’m very pleased with the quality, performance, and the low operating sound. So happy I bought this product!" —EMB

Get it from Amazon for $75.11.

23. Make your deck spring fling–ready by setting up an outdoor bar set, which will let you mix up drinks without using up precious table space or going inside. Plus, your friends will think you're so ~fancy~!

reviewer photo of the bar set with cream cushions topped with assorted plants

reviewer close up of the bar set with blue cushions

It comes with a bar table and two cushioned stools, and has a few shelves in the back for storing bottles, barware, and any other cocktail ingredients.

Promising review: "We ordered two of these outdoor bars for our patio. They look so great put side by side to create one long bar. I searched online for days and found this item to be the best value (as each bar comes with two stools, cushions, and the glass top). The instructions could have been a little more helpful but it was fairly easy to figure out. The bar is very sturdy and the shelving inside is great for extra storage. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive way to improve your outdoor space, this bar is the perfect addition!" —Debbie M

Get it from Amazon for $159.99+ (available in four styles). 

24. And maximize space while keeping drinks cold with a 2-in-1 side table cooler that'll make you go, "why didn't I think of that?!" Pure genius, if you ask me. 

reviewer photo of the side table cooler filled with ice and cans of beer

The top extends up, so just lift it when you want to grab a can!

Promising review: "I have received a lot of compliments regarding this little cooler/table, and for the price, I'm very happy with the purchase. We were looking for a smaller table to complement our larger patio set. After our last party I think I may have made a couple of sales for the Keter brand. The cooler kept drinks cold for quite a while, especially considering we didn't put much ice in it. The standing feature is nice, too. Just lock the table in the open position and you can use it for a tall drink stand, which works well. If you're looking for a little table for a patio set OR for a little patio cooler, this product can take care of both needs." —Phenom13

Get it from Amazon for $83.96+ (available in brown or gray). 

25. And (!) ensure you and your friends' drinks will always be just an arm's reach away via a very convenient portable beer table you simply stake into the ground. Set it up in the yard or by the pool, and since it folds up, it's also perfect for bringing on beach trips and picnics!

the light colored beer table holding two cups of beer, a phone, and bowl of snacks next to someone in a lawn chair

Woodland Steelworks / Etsy

Woodland Steelworks is a small biz based in Woodstock, GA, that hand-selects the pieces of wood they use to make quality furniture and decor.

Promising review: "Love it!!! We needed a portable table for our adult beverages while sitting by the fire pit or when playing cornhole and we found it!!! This beer table even has a bottle opener attached to the side! Well crafted and totally exceeded our expectations. Shipped quickly and packaged well." —dawn ricci

Get it from Woodland Steelworks on Etsy for $68+ (available in three finishes with six engraving options to choose from).

26. Surround yourself with the pacifying sounds of birds chirping by hanging up a lovely quilted hammock you can take long naps on. This one's like the Rolls Royce of outdoor lounging — so big and comfy!

reviewer wrapped up in a blanket on the blue hammock

reviewer photo of the striped hammock hung between two trees in front of a view of forest and mountains

FYI: Some reviewers mentioned it's best to take it inside during inclement weather to prolong its life, but that it's super easy to take down! And if you don't have trees to attach it to, you can get a stand that'll let you prop it up anywhere!

Promising review: "It looks like a million bucks. Very well made, beautiful and so comfortable. This made our yard look amazing and it is large enough my wife and I plus our two small boys to relax on it together. Look no further, get it." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $55.46+ (available in 28 styles). 

27. Install a breezy canopy that'll provide some much-needed shade when the spring rain gives way to bright sun. Plus, it's giving major magic carpet vibes and just looks so much cooler than an umbrella!

reviewer photo of the beige rectangular sun shade hanging over a patio

reviewer photo of three red triangular sun shades hanging over a pool

It also blocks up to 95% of UV rays — don't forget the installation hardware!

Promising review: "We love our sun shade! We installed it over our deck that is completely exposed to the sun from sun up until sundown. It is so nice to have our sitting area in the shade now. It was easy to install and I wish we had gotten it sooner." —craftygrandma

Another promising review: "This sun shade is great. Because it lets the wind through we can leave it up almost all of the time, even though we get lots of gusts. It cuts the sun way down and we get much more use from our deck." —Margaret

Get it from Amazon for $30.86+ (available in dozens of sizes and 11 styles). 

28. Or if it's shade and bug protection you're after, put up a pop-up gazebo, which has mosquito netting on all sides — hooray! Reviewers say assembly is a cinch, and it even folds up into a compact carrying case for bringing on camping trips. 

reviewer photo of the white pop up gazebo on a deck

reviewer photo of the brown pop up gazebo next to a pool

Promising review: "Really looks nice. Easy to assemble and disassemble and store in the bag provided. Can secure to the deck with screws, or to grass with the stakes provided. The mosquito net provides an additional level of bug and leaf security." —Tom G

Another promising review: "As advertised, it was easy to assemble. It is much sturdier than my other gazebo that I paid more money for! Nice, sturdy construction, and I love that I can take it down easily when necessary. Great product." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $199.95+ (available in six colors). 

29. Relive one of your favorite outdoor pastimes from childhood with a cushy chair swing, because you're never too old to enjoy that feeling of carefree suspension as a light breeze sways you back and forth. 

reviewer photo of a white dog sitting in the black and white chair on a deck

reviewer photo of the light blue  and black chair on a patio

Promising review: "We love this chair. This is the best spot in our backyard. Very comfortable and sturdy enough for my over 6-foot-tall husband." —Amazon Customer

Another promising review: "I love this chair! It's super comfortable and relaxing. It was easy to put together, though it's easier with a helper as the base is quite heavy. If you don't have a partner, build it where you want it to stay. I make a point to go to my patio and sit on this chair every day. Love!" —Kelly Tetreau

Get it from Amazon for $199.95+ (available in four styles). 

30. Convert your yard into your very own warm weather movie theater courtesy of a portable projector — complete with handy built-in speakers! Luckily no overpriced Milk Duds, though. 

reviewer photo of the projector showing jurassic park against the side of a house

reviewer photo of the small projector on an outdoor table

It's compatible with phones, laptops, DVD players, and more, though you'll need an HDMI adapter to use it with your phone. 

Promising review: "This was purchased to watch movies outside in the summer. The quality is excellent and for the price you can’t go wrong! I would totally recommend this projector to anyone. It’s easy to use and the remote is functional. The speakers are actually very good when it comes to volume!" —Practical and Efficient Mom

Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

31. And wow everyone by setting up a projection screen that's large enough to give everyone who comes over for backyard movie night a great view.

reviewer close-up of the screen with a football game projected onto it

reviewer photo of the screen on the side of a house with a fire pit in the foreground

The screen measures 120 inches diagonally and made of an anti-crease material. It also comes with brackets and ropes for mounting purposes.

Promising review: "This screen is perfect for our use. We bought it for outdoor movie nights whether being on the garage door, in the backyard, camping, or inside the garage. It’s very easy to install with no wrinkles and shows a great picture. I’ve attached pictures that show how well I can still see the picture despite being surrounded by 7,000 Christmas lights in close vicinity." —Hallie H

Get it from Amazon for $22.13.

32. Give your trees a little sparkly and whimsy with some bejeweled sun-catching strands. If you've ever envisioned frolicking in your own fairy meadow, draping a few of these over some branches will have you on your way. 

gif of many sun catchers hanging in a tree

view of the sun catchers in a tree from below looking up at the sky

Tree Jewelry Garden Art / Etsy

Tree Jewelry Garden Art is a Mesa, Arizona-based small biz making gorgeous branch candy to jazz up your trees!

Promising review: "This was my second order within two weeks. No sooner did the first six strands arrive, then I was online ordering 12 more. I just LOVE these. They just make me smile each time I step outside and see them sparkling. And let’s not forget shipping. WOW! In this day of shipping delays, etc., these were in my mailbox within two days. THANKS!" —Shirley Orrell

Get them from Tree Jewelry Garden Art on Etsy for $12.74+ each (available in five lengths, as well as in multipacks). 

33. Ensure you have enough seating when you invite friends over for yard parties by having a set of lightweight wicker chairs on hand. They fold up flat when not in use, and reviewers say they're quite comfortable and stylish!

the brown wicker folding chair next to a pool

the set of four brown wicker chairs folded up against a wall


Promising review: "I don’t have a lot of storage in my garage but wanted extra seating on my patio when needed. These chairs are very sturdy, very comfortable, fold up easily with no bulkiness, and the best part is they look fantastic!" —Kathleen W.

Get a set of four from Amazon for $179.99+ (available in two sizes). 

34. Bring all the kids to the yard — specifically, yours — with an adorable play cottage that's actually quite aesthetically pleasing! It'll get your kids outside, and reviewers say assembly is a breeze. 

reviewer photo of the white and blue playhouse

Promising review: "SO cute. My husband and I assembled it together in about 20 minutes or so, and was pretty self-explanatory. The kids climb on top of it (even though I would not recommend to make it last) and it’s held up great. My favorite part is the colors, it looks great in my yard while giving them a fun place to play." —GB

Get it from Amazon for $127.77 (also available in bundles). 

35. Level up your yard's entertainment factor by installing a precious mini picnic table squirrels can feast on. Mount it onto a wall, place it in a tree — wherever you'll have the best view of those furry creatures chowing down!

a squirrel nibbling on corn on the cob while standing on a small picnic table that is screwed into a fence

a squirrel nibbling on corn on peanuts while standing on a small picnic table that is screwed into a tree

Delgado Handcrafted Treasures / Etsy, Michelle Braga

Based in Akron, OH, Delgado Handcrafted Treasures is a small biz making lovely wooden crafts and home goods.

BuzzFeed Shopping's Heather Braga says: "I gifted this to my brother-in-law who had already managed to gain the trust of his local squirrels (by leaving peanuts out for them in a bowl in front of his house). It's been DELIGHTFUL to receive photos from him of the bushy-tailed creatures snackin' away. This really is the gift that keeps on giving."

Promising review: "This is the most precious little picnic table I have ever seen! I smile every time I look outside my window and see my favorite squirrel having a buffet. Juan was unbelievably fast in making and sending this feeder to me — I am so pleased with the attention to detail and craftsmanship. Will absolutely be doing business with him again!" —Grace

Get it from Delgado Handcrafted Treasures on Etsy for $35.

36. And last but not least, bring game night outside with a supersized version of Connect Four, because on those perfect spring evenings, the last thing you want is to be cooped up in the house. If you've always dreamed of having your yard known as the "fun one," this will do the trick!

a couple is kneeling in the grass playing with an oversized version of the game connect four. the board includes many open circle slots where blue and red tiles are place inside

a wooden oversized connect four board game with the open circles filled with either red or blue tokens

In case you're unfamiliar with the game, each person takes turns sliding a disc through the top of the board, and whoever gets four in a row of their color (blue or red) first, wins!

Promising review: "Best purchase! We bought it for the kids but my husband and I stayed up until 1 a.m. playing!! It was a hit at our party! Great quality. Yes, you can hit the bar and release the discs, but it hasn't happened to us and wouldn't be a big deal if it did! Totally worth it! So glad we got it!!" —Rechel B

Get it from Amazon for $107.99.

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