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It's National Barbecue Month

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May is National Barbecue Month, and Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, is right around the corner, so it only makes sense that we turn our attention to our backyards and our grills. Now’s the time to spruce up the deck or patio, fire up the grill and put up our feet for a little R and R. It also pays to be prepared for friends to drop by since summer is the perfect time for impromptu gatherings.

Brighten up your patio with containers or planters. Visit a Hy-Vee Garden Center for all of the supplies you need. They can also answer your questions or concerns regarding annuals, perennials and even those pesky weeds. If our brutal winter was particularly harsh to your yard, we’ve also got seven steps to bring your lawn back to life.

Is it time to start planning a summer gathering? Maybe you want to create a space that doubles as an outdoor living space and a great place to entertain. Here are a few ideas. Leave the oven off and focus on the grill; it makes a perfect centerpiece for a summer party. It’s easy to create a grill-based menu that’s filled in with sides and salads you can pick up at the Hy-Vee deli. Summer is all about easy entertaining. Don’t forget to stock up on fun plastic dinnerware and serve ware!

Find more ideas for grilling, Memorial Day and even that graduation party on Pinterest.

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