Warm weather has finally arrived, and that means one thing: It’s backyard season. But after months of rain and snow, your outside oasis is probably looking a little more drab than fab. Before you call in the contractor for a full renovation, consider one of these eight easy ways to refresh your yard for the season ahead.

Stain your fence.

Think of your fence as the backdrop to your backyard: It’s not the star of the show, but everything looks a little better when it’s in perfect shape. Give it a facelift with a fresh coat of all-weather-proof stain, such as BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer.

Add an outdoor fire pit.

Create an (almost) all-season backyard by adding a fire pit for s’more-filled summer nights and cozy fall evenings. There’s a style for every taste on the market; this 30-inch option (with a spark screen cover) has a decorative bronzed steel base that would work well on a stone patio or in the yard.

Try hardscaping.

Your backyard doesn’t have to be one big expanse of grass (that can be a headache to take care of). For something different, add hardscaping — it could be stone, pavers, bricks, wood, or even gravel — to create a new terrace or outdoor room.

Here, Sarah Gibson of Room for Tuesday added a paver patio to anchor a fire pit and lounge area.

Stain your deck.

From neighborhood barbecues and pool parties to al fresco weeknight dinners, your deck sees a lot of action in the warm months. Refresh and protect it with a reliable stain, such as BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer.

Plant a colorful and fragrant butterfly garden.

Flower beds can be a pain to maintain, so opt for something a little more wild: a butterfly garden that’s blissfully low-maintenance. Plant fuschia aster, bright pink cosmos, warm goldenrod, and monarch-favorite butterfly weed for a rainbow of blooms, many of which are perennials and will come back year after year.

Read more: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/g27576757/8-ways-to-breathe-new-life-into-your-backyard/