Croquet is a fabulous game for summer, but in all reality, you probably only played it once or twice before tossing it in the back of the garage to collect dust. Well, it's time to dust the pieces off and put them to use... in the garden! What? You don't have any wickets? Rubbish we say! You can find them at estate sales, personal property auctions, and thrift stores. (All for the same reason yours are collecting dust. Everyone always thinks they'll play croquet, but no one really gets that into it.)
The fine folks over at Real Simple mentioned yesterday that instead of waiting for the kids, grand kids or drunk friends to find them in your stash, you could put them to work in the garden as a hose guide. Obviously if you have a small apartment in the sky this tip doesn't really apply, but for anyone who has ever lugged a hose around 3 sides of the house, this is a brilliant solution.
Instead of tearing up your landscaping, just let them guide things along without worry. Check out more great tips for summer and gardening fun over at Real Simple.