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Get Your Yard Ready for Summer

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Presented by Scotts, Miracle Gro and Ortho

The goal for this season is simple — turn an ordinary backyard into an amazing outdoor living space, one perfectly suited for entertaining, hosting summer celebrations, spending quality time with the family, or simply having the opportunity to take typical indoor activities and bring them outside.

Of course, as with any room inside your home, the key is preparing the lawn itself, the foundation of all outside activities. Nothing complicated or time-consuming, just a few simple steps to ensure your yard is prepared.

  1. Keeping a greener carpet: Don’t worry if you haven’t been feeding your lawn on a regular schedule. With one simple application of Scotts® GreenMax™ Lawn Food just three days before your event, your yard will look greener and ready for entertaining. It is kid- and pet-friendly, and improves a lawn’s ability to absorb water and nutrients, plus thickens grass to fill in bare spots. In short, it is a simple process to get a stronger, greener living space for up to eight weeks. To keep your lawn well-maintained throughout the year, you should nourish it with regular feedings. Two to four feedings a year provide the nutrients your lawn needs to look its best.
  2. Preventing pests: Obviously, this new entertainment space is a living space, which means it comes with insects. But with some simple steps and Ortho® Home Defense or Ortho® Bug B Gon® MAX Insect Killer for Lawns, you can kill and prevent more than 100 insects from invading your outdoor plans for up to three months.scotts-summer-lawn-2 - THD - 580x400
  3. Protecting your outdoor décor: Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to keep your gardens and landscapes comfortable, even in the summer sun! By placing a 3-inch layer of Earthgro® by Scotts® Mulch in beds and around plantings, soil moisture is retained and plants are insulated from extreme temperatures. Mulch naturally deters unsightly weeds by blocking growth and access to sunlight. It’s also a simple way to add rich color and beautify landscape areas for the summer season.
  4. Feeding your outdoor décor: This is living décor; it needs more than just water to thrive throughout the hot summer months. Plants need food, too. By using the LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder from Miracle-Gro®, feeding is as easy as watering. The feeder simply attaches to an outside spigot, so any hose attachment, including a sprinkler, sprayer, or even soaker hose, can be used to easily feed your plants throughout the season. The LiquaFeed® Universal Feeder delivers just the right amount of food, so you don’t have to worry about burning your plants and can keep them looking big and beautiful all summer long. 

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As you can see, preparing and maintaining the foundation of your summer entertaining scene doesn’t mean putting in hours of prep work. There’s truly no limit to what can happen when you transform the typical backyard into a true outdoor living space.

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