By Graham Ray

Ok, winter is finally over — we think — even though the groundhog(s) had a pretty wacky prediction season. In any event, the snow is gone for good in most places, so that means it’s time to get to those outdoor projects for your home that lay dormant for the long winter.

The proliferation of TV programs and entire networks devoted to DIY home improvements have given you more resources than ever, so get to work!

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If your lawn is a never-ending source of pain and suffering, you can bite the bullet and create an attractive rock garden wherever you can.  You can create a really cool-looking border for your garden(s) cheaply and quickly, and it sure beats staring at a brown patch of ugly all year round.

Another option is to mulch the heck out of your yard. Mulch is a great weed repellant and can help you save up to 50% on your water bill by reducing evaporation from the soil surface.

There are many different kinds of mulch; organic mulches, for instance can even promote soil fertility. Your best bet is to experiment and see which kind works best for your space. Head to Lowes.com for your landscaping needs and get up to 8% Cashback just for being a DubLi V.I.P. Member!

Rock gardens make for attractive, low-maintenance landscaping

Rock gardens make for attractive, low-maintenance landscaping

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First, properly dispose of any chemicals you stored during winter. A fair question to ask:  Why would you risk even the remote possibility of putting your family and friends in harm’s way because you used expired, ineffective or even harmful chemicals? Why, why would you do that? It’s best to just start fresh with a whole new batch of chemicals in keeping with the whole “rebirth” theme of spring.

If you covered your pool all winter, make sure you remove all debris and excess snowmelt or rain from the cover before the “big reveal.”  After you fill the pool up to a normal water level, make sure your filter cartridge and pump basket are clean and clear, lubricating all O-rings and replacing cracked or worn ones.

Run Through Your Maintenance Checklist Before Dipping Your Toe In This Year

Run Through Your Maintenance Checklist Before Dipping Your Toe In This Year

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If you have an outdoor space, do everything in your power to enjoy it from spring through fall, especially for big holidays like Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. If your space is an eyesore, you will avoid it like Kanye West avoids staying seated and silent during the Grammys.

Adding an affordable, comfortable patio set like this “Mainstays Stanton Cushioned Conversation Set” from Walmart (up to 7% Cashback), which includes a loveseat, two chairs and a sofa table, is one way to make your backyard more inviting.

Mainstays Stanton Cushioned 4-Piece Conversation Set, Photo by Walmart

Mainstays Stanton Cushioned 4-Piece Conversation Set, Photo by Walmart

Another way to keep your company comfortable while you’re entertaining outdoors is to invest in a simple firepit like this “Steel Wood-Burning Firepit” from Lowe’s (up to 8% Cashback). Yeah, the snow might have melted, but that doesn’t mean the chilly nights are a thing of the past yet.

Garden Treasures Painted Steel Wood-Burning Firepit, Photo by Lowe’s

Garden Treasures Painted Steel Wood-Burning Firepit, Photo by Lowe’s

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