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How to Get Your Backyard Summer-Ready

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How to Get Your Backyard Summer-Ready

Chris and Peyton Lambton, former fan favorites on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," are now co-hosts of HGTV and DIY's "Going Yard," a home-gardening show where they transform backyards into beautiful spaces.

The professional landscaper and his wife gave their top tips to transform your backyard into a fun outdoor family space on "Good Morning America" today but, first, they shared seven must-have tools you need to nail your yard prep.

1. 18" Reel Lawn Mower: Green for the environment, easy to store and you get a workout while mowing the lawn!

2. 40-Volt Cordless Hedge Trimmer: Spring is the time to get out and tame mother nature and a hedge-clipper will power its way through the hedges and reclaim your yard.

3. Poly Wheelbarrow: Whether you're spreading mulch, moving plants or loading up yard debris, a wheelbarrow with dual wheels will make any job easier.

4. Cordless drill: With great battery power, the drill will last while you put together your raised planting bed or mend broken fences.

5. 5-Gallon Bucket: I call this my multipurpose tool. Great for carrying tools, plants, dirt or to help water plants. I have a stack in my shed for anything and everything.

6. Micro Tip Garden Snip: This hand-pruner should never leave your side when you're out doing yard work. It's small and so easy to carry around and can help with all your gardening needs.

7. Multipurpose Gloves: They will keep your hands clean and cut-free. The Blue Hawk brand often comes in a pack of 10, so you don't have to worry about getting them dirty or tearing through them.

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Tips to Spruce Up Your Backyard This Season

Once you have the tools you need, now you can tackle the yard work! The "Going Yard" hosts are pros at overhauling outdoor spaces and know how to get that green grassy lawn of your dreams. Get the full list of their all-star lawn and gardening tips below.

1. To provide nutrients and help retain water, put down 4 inches of mulch around new plantings.

2. Aerating your lawn promotes new growth by strengthening the grasses’ root system.

3. Spring is the perfect time to over-seed your lawn so that it is more full and lush during the summer months.

4. The perfect time to plant new summer annuals in the ground is after the last frost.

5. After the last frost is also the perfect time to plant edibles like tomatoes and herbs outdoors.

6. Spring is the perfect time to check your irrigation and water delivery systems are in perfect functioning order. Check for breaks or leaks from freezing during the winter.

7. Now is also the perfect time to realign your sprinkler heads so that they are delivering water to your plants, not your driveway or sidewalk.

8. Spring is also the perfect time to set a watering schedule for your lawn. The ideal time to water your lawn is early morning, just before sunrise.

9. Watering at night or in the evening is bad because the ground will stay damp which promotes the growth of mold and moss. Also, watering during the day is bad because most of the water will evaporate and not reach the root system of your plants.

10. Before you mow your grass for the first time, be sure your mower is in proper working order including checking gas and electrical lines, spark plugs, etc. You also want to make sure your mower deck is clean and your blade is sharp.

11. You also want to clean and sharpen all of your garden hand tools. Wipe down wood handles with mineral oil and sharpen the blades on spades and shovels.

12. Spring is also the perfect time to do an inventory of your tools and lawn maintenance equipment. Decide what you need to replace early so that you can find exactly what you need and don’t need to stop midway through a new project to replace an old or broken tool.

13. When planting directly into the ground, dig a hole that is twice as wide and 1½ times as deep as the plant.

14. Mix your native soil with a good planting mix as you fill in the hole around the plant. This will provide a mix of stability and nutrients. You can also add a shaker-style fertilizer on top for additional growth support.

15. Spring is the perfect time to split perennials such as hostas, ornamental grasses, black-eyed susans, iris, etc. This keeps the plants healthy and saves you money.

16. If you already have a compost bin, this is when you use the fruits of your labor. I add it to all of my raised planting beds, but you can use it for all new plantings.

17. If you haven’t started composting yet, spring is the perfect time to start. For example, you can use leftover leaves from fall as the perfect starter. Then you’ll add plant trimmings, grass clippings and appropriate household/kitchen waste throughout the season.

18. If you store your outdoor furniture over the winter, give it a bath with a mix of warm water and dish soap before using. If you’ve had damage to furniture or outdoor fabrics over the winter, now is the time to replace them with beautiful new products to enjoy all summer long.

19. Right now is a good time to cut back existing plants to promote new growth. You’ll want to carefully and properly remove damaged and broken limbs.

20. You may have frost heave damage to hardscaping [paved areas] and walkways around your time. You'll want to make sure that cracks are fixed with an appropriate outdoor product. You will also want to re-lay stones that have been displaced by frost heave.

21. Add definition to your planting beds by using an edger to create a defined line between your lawn and planting areas. You can also add decorative stones, brick or other hardscaping for a more polished, professional look.

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