Prepping your yard for Fourth of July can be a chore, especially if you do it last minute like we tend to do! That’s why we at Albuquerque Self Storage wanted to share our tips for last minute preparation. Even if you’re planning on social distancing this Fourth of July or celebrating it by yourself, these tips can still help!
Water Everything and do Yard Maintenance!
The most important thing you can do leading up the Fourth of July is water your plants and grass. Independence Day is known for its pyrotechnics; fireworks, sparklers, bon fires, and grilling. Decrease your chances of your yard igniting by keeping your plants watered and by lightly watering your lawn before any match is lit.
Remove all of your dried up or dead plants, or rope off your grass if it is yellow and dried. If you can’t remove them or ensure that others stay away from it, water these areas heavily before you have company over to reduce the risk of fire.
This may seem tedious, but fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
You can transform your yard into party central with a few easy tasks. First, trim back any bushes or shrubs so they’re not at risk of getting in the way or lighting on fire. While you’re at it, remove any weeds too.
If you have time, mow your grass, add more mulch, or more pea gravel.
Remove any and all debris from your yard, including branches and anything left by your dog or other animals. And if you don’t want your guests to interact with certain objects in your lawn, it’s best you bring them inside — things like a hammock or garden decorations.
Your deck and patio is going to see a lot of foot traffic if you’re hosting a Fourth of July party. You may want to sweep it clean and remove any clutter to create a clear path of travel. We recommend bringing all decorative pillows inside, because they’re probably going to get dirty or sat on if you leave them out.
Move any and all furniture off of it and into the yard to provide more places to sit, stand, or tables to put food and drink on. You can move your coolers on the patio for easy access and easy cleaning. Try to keep them off the grass as they can get dirty and sink in, making it a nightmare to bring back inside.
Prepare the Outdoor Faucet
This is a big one, not only for emergencies, but for fun too! If you have an outdoor faucet, make sure it’s running and, for added fun, attach a water balloon spigot to it. Let your neighbors, kids, and family enjoy the hot summer night with some rambunctious fun — nothing beats a water balloon fight!
These are useful for last minute sprinkler/hose prep, or to rinse dirt off your hands.
Time for Fun: Add a Theme To Your Yard
Nothing is more fun than decorating your yard. Grab some (fire resistant) decorations, make them red, white, and blue, and go at it! You can tie streamers to your doors, hang an American-themed wreath, and put out as many American flags as you want.
Most parties involve food, so you’ll need disposable plates, napkins and utensils. Pick up some festive ones that show off your American pride.
If you don’t want to follow the cliches, make up a theme!
Scatter around some noise makers too, for added fun.
Not Sure Where to Put All the Stuff?
We know that seasonal decorations and outdoor furniture takes up a lot of space.
Self storage is affordable in both the short and long term. We offer month-to-month contracts, so you can use it when you need it and move out of it when you’re ready to go. To keep it easy, many of them only require a 10 day notice before you leave your unit. And we don’t require a deposit!
That means we’re the perfect storage solution for all your seasonal yard decorations, patio furniture, and holiday party stuff!
You don’t have to worry about security either — our storage units are safe. Albuquerque Self Storage, has a well lit and gated facility for you to store your items and every unit is protected by a padlock.
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