Here's hoping you have a ton of fun things planned this summer, some of which entail hanging out, relaxing, or gardening in your backyard. Although it's tempting to run out and buy a bunch of expensive stuff to get ready, there are plenty of low-cost things you can do to freshen up your outdoor space and make it fun and welcoming. Give some of these a try....

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Re-edited from a post originally published 6.10.2014 - cm