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Enjoying Your [Clean] Backyard This Summer

Posted by Junk King on May 11, 2022 5:00:00 AM



[This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been update, expanded, and revised.]

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. And a backyard for barbecues, pool parties, or just to relax in is far nicer when it's clean!

But getting and keeping a yard clean often involves far more than just cleaning up after the kids and pets. For many homeowners and renters, there are large amounts of trash, debris, and junk that needs to be gotten rid of.

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A Nice Backyard Means Much More than Green Grass and Tiki Torches

For several years now, the concept of a "staycation" has become quite popular throughout the United States. And the last two years of COVID-19 and the seemingly endless variants of the coronavirus have compelled many to stay at home rather than attempt travel.

This has also led to a sharp increase in backyard renovations and upgrades. 

Outdoor kitchens, firepits, pergolas, and new patios have become quite common in suburban yards everywhere. Once unique elements such as permanent decorative outdoor lighting is now a fixture in backyard trees and fences all across the country. 

Even now with the apparent abatement of the recent pandemic, many people are choosing to spend more time at home and enjoying their backyards.

However, something that has not changed is the need to clean up our yards

While homeowners, renters and others love to hang out in the backyard for barbecues, parties, and simply, well, hanging out. But when the backyard area is unkempt, overgrown, or worse - cluttered with old junk, garden tools and leftover renovation debris, it's not so nice.

Nor is it very safe.

Part of the secret to an enjoyable outdoor space lies in the ability to have it cleaned and kept clear of unwanted junk and broken things. Even maintaining the lawn and the landscaping is difficult if you have to maneuver around stacks of old boards, broken down lawnmowers, or piles of ugly and dangerous old concrete rubble.

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How to Really Enjoy Your Backyard Space

Most suburban homes have a backyard - some large, some not-so-much.

And many have a patio, even if it's a small slab of concrete, while others might have a deck. If you live in the country, it's quite possible that your "backyard" is simply where the pasture or field meets the back of your house!

Whatever size and whatever amenities it may or may not have, most folks want to spend some quality time in their backyard doing something other than mowing, pulling weeds or letting the dog (or cat) in.

If your backyard is less than thrilling and has little to recommend it, don't despair. We've rounded up some ideas for spiffing it up and making it more fun.

From Goedekers.com comes a few great ways to improve your backyard space:

Hang Some Outdoor Lights
Outdoor lighting doesn't have to look cheap and frilly. When done right, hanging some decorative outdoor lighting in your backyard can add a fun style.

Hang a Hammock
Simple, quick, and relaxing, a hammock is an awesome way to enjoy your backyard for cheap. If you don't have the right tree setup for a hammock, you can purchase one that has a base, so you can place it anywhere in your yard.

Add a Patio
If you don't have one, or much of one, a patio is a must-have if you're going to spend a lot of time outside. It offers a dedicated space for entertaining guests and creates a place to put outdoor furniture.

Add Outdoor Furniture
If you plan on entertaining, a cohesive set of outdoor furniture is a must-have. If you don't want to pay the price for new outdoor furnishings, hit up the flea markets and yard sales to find the perfect thrifty pieces. 



Here are few DIY ideas from HGTV.com for some fun activities for the family:

On one end of the backyard, parents can relax on the dining deck under a curtained pergola. On the other end, kids can play for hours on handmade seesaws

Outdoor Movie Screen
When the sun sets, nothing is better than an outdoor flick on a huge projector screen. Gather friends and family for a movie everyone can enjoy.

Tumble Mat
An outdoor tumble mat gives the kids the perfect place to play and exercise in the backyard, while the parents can sit back on the nearby entertainment deck.

Mini Golf
Creating a backyard putting green is much cheaper than going out for mini golf. Plus, you can pick up the putter anytime you want.

Other ideas include adding a classic horseshoe pit, a dedicated children's play area with a small playhouse, and the perennial favorite - a regulation size badminton set.

If you're idea of a fun day in the backyard, however, doesn't include kids there are still hundreds of things you can add or install to make yours a small get-away destination.


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Build It. Clean It. Enjoy It!

Depending on how big your backyard improvement project is, you may create more waste than your green recycling bin can manage. Fortunately, you can recycle much of the organic waste into  mulch and compost.

And, while this can take care of some of your debris, what do you do with the rest?

The worst thing you can do is to have piles of debris sitting around after sprucing up your backyard. Not only is it unsightly, it can be a potential hazard. The good news is that if you have more debris than you can get rid of yourself, or you don’t want to haul it out yourself, there is an affordable and easy option.

Hiring a professional waste removal company to pick it up and haul it away is the best way to go.

At Junk King we routinely haul almost all types of yard debris, including branches, clippings, stumps, soil and more. We specialize in removing and hauling all types of debris from residential landscaping and home improvement projects.

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The Best Choice for Your Hauling Needs

Once you decide to outsource the trash and junk hauling part of your backyard project, you need to decide which firm is the right one for the job, which is easy since Junk King really is the firm of choice.

Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly residential waste disposal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your project is complete. Our experienced debris removal team will break down and haul off any types of yard waste you have. 

Our professional and insured yard waste removal team will show up at your home and we call 15 minutes before we arrive on site. Once there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck. You simply point and we'll haul the debris away with no hidden fees.

Ready to get rid of your yard waste? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

Make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865)


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