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Summer Projects for Dads to do Around the Yard

Post By Amanda LaForest

Summer is the season for getting outside and enjoying your yard again, which makes this the perfect time for getting all sorts of do-it-yourself projects done. From revitalizing your old outdoor furniture to getting rid of pesky weeds, here are five projects dads can tackle to get their outdoor spaces ready for a summer full of fun.

     1. Spruce Up Old Outdoor Furniture

Have some old outdoor furniture that’s looking a little worse for wear? Don’t throw it out just yet! We have an affordable and easy-to-use product to help spruce that old furniture up to look like new again. Our Rust Converter ULTRA acts as a primer for metal surfaces, converting existing rust into an inert coating that locks out moisture and prevents future rust and corrosion. Simply brush away loose rust with a wire brush or sandpaper, and give it a wash to make sure there the surface doesn’t have any dirt, dust, or grease on it. Then, apply two coats of our Rust Converter ULTRA, allowing 20 minutes between coats, and then let sit 48 hours to cure. Last, apply a quality paint in the color of your choice to make your outdoor furniture look as good as new once again.

     2. Build a Fire Pit

There’s nothing like gathering around a fire on summer evenings, and building one in your backyard doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive process. Many large home improvement stores sell fire pit paver kits that are both sturdy and aesthetically pleasing. These kits require no grout or mortar, and are as simple to assemble as stacking the blocks into a circle. First, you’ll want to prep the area it is going to be located at to ensure it’s nice and level. To make it even easier, you can put down a layer of sand, which allows you to tamp down any blocks that are too high. The entire process will take only a few hours, and you’ll be ready to roast marshmallows all summer long.

     3. Give the Grill a Deep Cleaning

Has it been a while since you gave your grill a deep cleaning? Not only can built up grease attract all sorts of unwanted pests, it can also pose a fire hazard. But cleaning your grill doesn’t have to involve nasty chemicals or a power washer. Our Green Gobbler 30% Vinegar is the perfect non-toxic way to degrease your grill, and it can also help clean up any surface rust you may have. Simply fill a spray bottle with our 30% vinegar, and spray onto your grill. Let it sit, scrub away the grease with a stiff brush, and rinse with fresh water.

     4. Add New Plants to Your Yard

Nothing helps to give your yard a fresh look like some new plants. From bushes and trees to create privacy screens, to flowers in your garden beds, there are many ways you can add some more visual interest to your yard. Before shopping for new plants, choose the area of your yard you’d like to plant them in. Take into account how much space you have, how much light it gets, and how easy it is to water. Then head over to your local garden center to see what kinds of plants are available. Pick one that isn’t going to grow too large for the space, will get the correct amount of sunlight, and won’t be a pain to water when warm weather hits or if your area doesn’t get a lot of rainfall.

     5.  Get Rid of Weeds

While perhaps not the most fun task on this list, getting rid of weeds is a quick and easy way to enhance the appearance of your yard. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like to use harmful chemicals around your yard, our Green Gobbler 20% Horticultural Vinegar can help you kill weeds effectively and safely. Our 20% Vinegar Weed Killer quickly eliminates broadleaf weeds and grasses, including crabgrass, white clover, musk thistle, oxalis, dandelions, and more, and can be used anywhere you would use a traditional weed killer. It is also approved for organic use by OMRI, so you can rest assured that your pets and children won’t be exposed to dangerous chemicals.



    We hope this list has given you some inspiration on do-it-yourself tasks you can get done to spruce up your yard and keep it fun and beautiful all summer long. Everyone at Factory Direct Chemicals would like to wish all of the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day!

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