Housework, of course, does not stop at the house. And once spring arrives, it's rush hour on patios, flower beds, and lawns. Yet tidying up around the outside of the house is often not a top priority.
After all, planning gardens and backyard parties is a lot more fun than preparing the yard and garden and cleaning up before them.
But since a spring-fresh patio and backyard is a necessary part of making the fun stuff really fun, why not get the kids to pitch in on outside chores and cleanup as well? From cleaning patio furniture and garden ideas to identifying good garden bugs and bad garden insects and gardens for kids, The backyard family living articles below can help.