5 ways to entertain guests in your backyard for less than $40

Nashville lawn care pros will keep your lawn party-ready

One man's heat wave is another man's opportunity for fun. So, yes, August tends to be the hottest month in Nashville, but that doesn't mean you should just hide inside napping next to the air conditioner. 

Why not make the most of it by turning your backyard into a fun zone? And with the money you'll save compared to a water park or an amusement park, you can easily afford a lawn care professional to do the dirty work (but more on that later).


Those games you played when you were a kid are just as much fun now, and they're a great way to spend time with the whole family. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Badminton. Is it as challenging as tennis? On first glance, you might be tempted to say no. But then you remember they actually have Olympic badminton teams. So, basically, it's as challenging as you want it to be. Either way, you can get a nice backyard set — not Olympic regulation style, mind you — for $28 at Walmart.

Corn hole. You may have called it bean bag toss or bag toss Or nothing at all, depending on where you grew up. But throwing a little fabric bag full of beans into a hole cut in a wooden board is, weirdly, just plain fun. It's also very simple to setup, and a fun game to play for family members of all ages. You can certainly make your own, or you can buy one here and here.

Volleyball. The good news here is that if you've already bought a badminton set, all you need now is a volleyball. That's essentially two games for the price of one. Well younger kids may not be able to play and the older set will not want to, you can get the little ones involved but keeping score in fetching balls that get bounced out of bounds.

Horseshoes. A couple of steel posts, four cast-off shoes and an open playing field are all you need. Yes, you can buy sets at Walmart and other big-box stores like Academy Sports & Outdoors, but you can also get old horseshoes pretty cheaply on eBay, Etsy and probably by calling some riding stables in your area. A great game for both the skilled and the lucky, you can set this one up with or without a sandpit. Can be played by two people or two teams, and unlike a lot of these games, you can also practice by yourself.

Lounging. I was going to say "drinking" here, but let's face it: This is a fine activity with or without alcohol. All you need are a couple of lounge chairs, a table and a really good recipe for lemonade, spiked or not. Buy a pretty pitcher from World Market and grab a patio umbrella if you don't have a shady spot to set up in, or consider building a pergola.

The lawn care pros make it easy

It's not too late to get some enjoyment out of your backyard this season, and Antonio and Delsy can help you make the most of it. For a price that you'll find very affordable, we'll take care of the grunt work so you can have more time to practice your serve, spike, toss or lemonade. We've been taking care of yards in Nashville and the greater Middle Tennessee area for 15 years, and we can do everything from mowing, weeding and trimming to replacing that falling-down fence or even building a new pergola. You can contact us at email or 615-977-7671. Meanwhile, give this lemonade recipe a try from allrecipes.com


1 3/4 cups sugar

8 cups water

1 1/2 cups lemon juice

1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.

2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp, if desired. Stir together in pitcher with chilled syrup and remaining 7 cups water.