It’s time to get my backyard ready for the next season already? Off course we all want to enjoy the heat and sit by the pool and relax, but now is the time to improve your backyard rink experience. Now we are not saying its life or death, however this is the crucial time to simplify your backyard rink build, so when winter hits, you will be up and running faster than your next door neighbor!
In fact, summer offers the best temperatures and conditions to prepare your backyard. We suggest that you take the time to look into these two critical factors for your backyard rink:
- Cutting unwanted branches and damaged trees
It’s a rare occasion that backyards offer the perfect leveled platform to make it easier when filling up your rink! Don’t get discouraged by the task if you have an extreme slope. You don’t have to finish the job in one season. Gradual improvement will result in a big difference!
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To level out your backyard, you need to consider your specific environment and situation, including:
- Slope height
If you just have a few low spots or a small slope you can consider getting cheap soil/sand from your local garden center to fill the space. Seed it and let the grass grow and you are ready to go!
If you have a moderate slope, a bigger surface and some time on your hand during the summer months, you can still consider this option but you need to plan for some more arm work and patience. Ensure you call different suppliers as you will be surprised by the differences in price! A cheaper alternative is you could even consider your local pool company to deliver earth during the pool building season.
There is no need to spend all kinds of money to level out your property. We suggest that you start with one load of soil/sand, let the grass grow and continue the process next season!
Smaller versions of heavy equipment:
Without a lot of time, investment but a big surface to cover you can consider renting small versions of heavy equipment to level your land. Talk to your local tool rental shop to get the best option for your backyard. Please note that you do need skills to operate such equipment! You also need to be cautious about any underground power or waterlines. In case of any trees on your land you need to be watchful to not damage their roots.
Time effective, expensive for any size and slope:
If your budget is open and you have no available time or the job is too complex, you can always consider a landscaping company to do the job for you. Again, pricing will differ from company to company, so be sure to check different places.
Branches and trees:
Leveling is not the only task on our radar but cleaning of unwanted branches or even damaged or sick trees will be an opportunity to provide more surface and reduce falling leaves and excess snow on your rink! Who wants to cut branches or trees when freezing temperatures or rainy days approach?
Depending on the size of the tree, we suggest you contact your local contractor that specializes in tree removal.
The other benefit to removing dead trees or branches it will provide you wood to have cozy bonfires all throughout the summer.
Plus, the bonus space for your backyard rink will grow significantly!
I hope this article inspired you to improve your rink surface over the summer months!