19 Practical Things To Buy For Your Yard

Motion-sensing lights? Gone are the days of tumbling down your back porch steps at night.

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A watering can so cute you’ll be extra excited to reach for it when it comes time to water the herbs and flowers you planted.

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Promising review: “Very, very pretty and cute for a plastic watering can. It is nice enough to not look like junk left lying around the yard or garden. Holds about half what a typical watering can does and has no spread on the nozzle, but we use it almost exclusively for our seedlings. Just too cute. It has also held up very well. No seam splits or anything despite being left out in temperatures from 32 to 95. Also no sun fade yet.” —Allerion

Get it from Amazon for $9.90.


This rectangular patio umbrella that’ll shield your outdoor seating from the sun’s intense rays — you won’t be left jumping up in pain the next time you burn yourself trying to sit down on a chair that was sitting in the sun all afternoon.


Promising review: “This umbrella is of excellent quality and it’s large enough to help shade a very hot patio. The color is brilliant and the price is excellent.” —Christopher

Get it from Wayfair for $77.99 (originally $99; available in two colors).


Or a canopy to provide shade over spaces in your yard where a patio umbrella just wouldn’t do the trick.


You can purchase the hardware set to attach this canopy to your home for $19.59.

Promising review: “Have had it up for over a month and it is holding up very well to sun, wind, rain, and storms. I take it down when I get enough forewarning of strong storms, but sometimes we’ve been out of town and it has held up quite well. We roll it up and to the side using the installation kit anchors when we get warning for strong winds. But, like I’ve said, we’ve come home after storms to small branches down in the yard, but the sail was good. It does a great job of blocking the sun and cools the house and patio quite nicely from the summer sun.” —Ms. Shannon

Get it from Amazon for $32.98+ (available in five sizes and five colors).


A set of six solar-powered torches that will, of course, fill your space with a ~beautiful~ glow, but will also light up the walkway from your back door to your backyard so you don’t accidentally trip at night.


Promising review: “I love, love, love my Tiki torches! It’s amazing how bright they are, they really dress up our yard! I found that Wayfair had the best price around for the six-pack. Actually thinking of buying another set as I am so happy with them!” —Betty

Get a set of six from Wayfair for $99.99.


Or this set of six LED pathway lights you’ll probably want to own more of to light all the darkest corners of your yard.


Promising review: “We bought three sets of these for around our farm, pool, and driveway. We lit up the path down a hill to the chickens, the steps from the pull to around the deck, and some of our back walkway to the back door. I still need two more sets to place around our driveway. We live really far from a main road and when we have people over, it’s critical to have light so people don’t fall and trip. Plus, these just look so awesome. We kept them up throughout the winter too and they still work all night long!” —Farm Mom

Get a pack of six from Target for $35.


This four-piece wicker furniture set so your whole family can relax comfortably and enjoy the evening air.


Promising review: “Wow! Such a great set! It comes in a surprisingly small box — these people must be great at Tetris! It was easy to put together and they even made all the screws the same size! Super comfy and looks great on my new deck!” —Jennifer Cupkey

Get it from Amazon for $248.99 (available in four cushion colors).


A nine-piece set of gardening tools because it’s about time you flex that green thumb of yours and get ~growing~ on that backyard garden you’ve been saying you wanted to start.


This set comes with a trowel shovel, a rake hoe, a weeder, a spade, a cultivator, pruning shears, a water spray bottle, a pair of protective gloves, and a tote to keep ’em all in.

Promising review: “I purchased this as a birthday gift for my aunt who loves gardening. She loved it! Her favorite part was the canvas bag with all the little pockets to hold tools and seeds, etc. She looked genuinely excited when she opened this and it made me feel good that I picked the right item for her. It really is an adorable little set. Would be a cute kit for kids getting into gardening to tote around as well (minus the pruning shears). Would recommend this product for gardening lovers and future gardeners.” —Becca

Get a set of nine from Amazon for $54.99.


This bug zapper that’ll attract and zap bugs that fly near it because the mosquitoes are coming and you deserve to stand on your back porch for five minutes without being bitten several times.

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Promising review: “This is the one thing that I should have bought at the first year that we moved to our own house. Since I live in a southern state, mosquitoes and bugs are literally everywhere all year long, especially during the summer. This is why I finally decided to purchase this bug zapper. It is very easy to install and clean. We have been running this bug zapper for a few weeks and so far we have been very pleased with it. It is loud/shocking initially as other reviewers mention but since I put it outside under the patio this doesn’t really bother me.” —Jeff

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.


A set of four motion sensor lights you can mount pretty much anywhere in your yard so you can see where you’re walking when you’re outside at night.


Promising review: “These lights are great!! No lag time when you walk out! As soon as I open the storm door, they turn on quicker than when flies hits the poo!! The eight LED lights are way bright enough, too!! I am ordering more for the back porch and for the garage!!” —Kevinss

Get a set of four from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in two sizes).


This raised cedar garden bed to help you grow your plants and produce free of weeds and soil compaction because you pour fresh, nutrient-rich soil on top. Plus, if you don’t have much space to begin with, Square Foot Gardening can show you how to grow more with what you do have.

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BTW, NaturesSqaures is a WOC-owned Etsy shop with handmade garden beds of various sizes.

Get a 3 x 1 x 1-foot cedar garden bed from NaturesSquares on Etsy for $95.

Gardening by itself may sound super daunting, and if you’re a little nervous or unsure about tackling raised bed gardening yourself, here’s a handy guide on the raised bed basics you need to know.


An insect killer with natural ingredients — like cedar oil — you can spray around your yard to decrease the number of fleas, mosquitoes, scorpions, beetles, and gnats that may be lurking.


It’s free of pesticides, fragrances, and artificial colors and is safe to use on lawns, gardens, patios, vegetables, flowers, dog kennels, and grass. It’s also safe to use on areas where your pets or kids may play. The spray can treat and prevent infestations from ants, ticks, chiggers, crickets, Japanese beetles, and roaches, however, some reviewers note that because of the added cedar oil, the product may attract carpenter bees if you already have a few flying around.

Promising review: “Wow! Well worth the money! Two months ago, we purchased 70 acres in Virginia and decided to start a hobby ranch. Because we are on well water, I was looking for a safe alternative to normal pesticides — that’s when I learned about cedar oil. Due to the mild winter, the ticks are extremely bad this year. I purchased this and I was pleasantly surprised. I first used it on our inside dogs and sprayed it directly on some visibly alive ticks. When they say it kills them immediately, they mean it. Later that afternoon, I found one latched on to me so I sprayed directly on it and again dead within seconds. The best part is that it doesn’t leave an oily residue and smells great. I will be buying in bulk from here on out.” —Timothy J Sullivan

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.


This expandable garden hose to help you reach all the areas around your yard that your current, standard hose can’t. It’s super lightweight and can actually extend from 17 feet long to ~100~ feet long.


Promising review: “This is a fantastic hose! It’s almost too good because all my neighbors borrow it and I have to keep asking for it back. It has quality fittings and it’s built to last. I’ll be buying another one for the front yard too.” —Charles W.

Get it from Amazon for $69.95.


A garden dump cart that’ll assist you when moving around large amounts of dirt, rock, and other materials. It has a 600-pound capacity and easily tilts to dump.


Promising review: “The wagon is strong and multi-purpose. The wheels make it easy to travel across any type landscape. One of my favorite features is the “dump”/tilt of the wagon bed. You can dump your load. However, I have found you can also roll/push a heavy load into the bed before righting it. This saves your back from having to lift the load into the wagon. This is my second wagon…the last one I had lasted nine years.” —stillwaters

Get it from Amazon for $91.21+.


This leaf blower/vacuum with a built-in mulcher. The angled snout of this blower makes it soooo easy for you to reach under your outdoor deck (and other small spaces) and suck up hidden leaves.


It can actually chop up 16 bags of leaves so they fit into just one bag!

Promising review: “I have two very large red oak trees in my yard and they tend to dump a lot of leaves all over my yard and my neighbor’s yard. Before this arrived, I blew them into a pile awaiting the shipment so I could mulch them up. I previously had a mulching attachment for my line trimmer and it wasn’t that great, but it did the job. In comparison, this was far better. It had rained the morning before I tried this out, so the leaves were wet, which made the work a little slower than with dry leaves, but it still worked. It did get bogged down one time, but I was overfilling the bag when it happened, so it was partly my fault. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a mulching vac.” —Matt Hamilton

Get it from Amazon for $69.47+ (available in two additional styles).


A handy, dandy turf spreader so you can quickly and easily distribute seeds and fertilizer across your lawn — doing it all by hand would just take all afternoon.


Promising review: “What I like most about this spreader is that it is small and light. Other spreaders, when they hit a depression in the lawn stop, can deposit too much fertilizer. This unit just skips over the dents and holes in my lawn, making for a quicker and more thorough job. Sometimes less heavy-duty is good.” —Doris

Get it from Amazon for $29.23+ (available in four sizes).


These outdoor drink stakes that’ll securely hold your can of sparkling water in a safe spot. In other words, you won’t have to worry about your drink accidentally getting kicked over or being invaded by an army of ants.


Promising review: “If you play yard games or sit around a fire you have to buy these. No more spilled drinks in the grass. They are fairly strong and I’ve used them for two summers now and none of them broke. Be sure to pull them out by the stem versus the rings at the top — it will save the top rings from bending open if the stakes are in the ground deep/tough. Pretty sure all my neighbors will be buying them now that they saw mine.” —TRGau

Get a set of two from Amazon for $24.54 (available in three colors).


One charge is good for 60 hours of white light and up to 31 hours of red light.

Promising review: “Such a neat item! I purchased this for my husband’s hunting trip and he’s truly enjoyed the handiness of the light. He said it provided extra light in the dark wilderness. The light is compact, and easy to charge. It lasted multiple days from one charge. Also, the different light modes are fun and one can even have a party with the blinking effect!” —Elena

Get it from Amazon for $22.95 (in stock on July 3, but you can still order it now).


This camping hammock with built-in netting you can set up right in your backyard for those times when you wanna take a quick nap outside but don’t want mosquitoes terrorizing you.


Promising review: “We don’t have any trees in our yard but I had to try this out as soon as it came. I hooked it to my kids’ swingset and ended up relaxing in it over an hour! It is so comfortable. We have so many mosquitoes in our yard and can barely go outside so the mosquito netting on this was amazing. I relaxed and played on my phone BUG-FREE since I was perfectly protected. The material and the carabiners are very strong. This is really well-made.” —SaraBear

Get it from Amazon for $28.79.


And a storage shed for protecting the things you don’t want to get wet after a rainstorm or don’t want being blown out of your yard after high winds.


Promising review: “This is perfect for storing extra outdoor chairs, a tent, and a beach umbrella. The assembly was easy and it took about 20-30 minutes with another person. Great price and quality. It kept items dry after the latest rain storm and it looks nice.” —Susan

Get it from Wayfair for $209.99 (originally $224.99).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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