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).

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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

Lemonade

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.

Get your lawn on a schedule

Antonio & Delsy Lawn Care can get your yard out of the weeds

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! This particular holiday is always a sure sign summer is well underway, with backyard cookouts, beer on the patio and fireworks everywhere. It’s also a sure sign your grass is growing like a weed — and, incidentally, so are your weeds!

Photo by Ethan Prater/Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Ethan Prater/Flickr Creative Commons

Antonio & Delsy Lawn Care is the professional lawn service in the Nashville area that can help take care of all that, putting your yard maintenance on a regular schedule that can be adjusted as needed. Some people like to keep the grass trimmed close to the ground every week; others prefer to let it grow a little longer and have us mow every 10 days.

 This time of year, we can have all sorts of weather at play, from drought to frequent thunderstorms. And as the weather changes, so will your cutting schedule. We’ll keep an eye on it for you and let you know when you should consider either more or less frequent lawn services. And as for those weeds… if your idea of fun is getting out on a muggy morning and kneeling on the damp grass, slapping at mosquitoes while you wrestle the weeds away from your hostas and trim the volunteers around your crepe myrtle, by all means, have at it. But you can probably think of, oh, about a thousand more things you’d rather do.

Photos by Ellen Margulies and courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Photos by Ellen Margulies and courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

You relax; we’ll cut the grass

Our rates are very competitive, surprisingly affordable and the only thing standing between you and more time on the lake (or inside with the air-conditioning). Our service area covers not only Nashville but Brentwood, Franklin, Green Hills, Madison and Belle Meade. Contact us for a free estimate by calling 615-977-7671 or emailing antoniolawncare@gmail.com. We’ve been providing lawn care services in the Middle Tennessee area for 15 years, and we’d love to add you to our lawn care family! Stay safe and have a happy Fourth of July!