The dog days of summer are here, but the season of backyard bashes and patio parties continues. Set the table and heed our experts’ advice so your outdoor space is ready for your next get-together.
Made of high-quality teak, the Monterey Collection by Barlow Tyrie is a perfect patio set for the four seasons. Find Barlow Tyrie products at Backyard Living, Ridgewood, 201.689.9111; and Ski Barn, Paramus, 201.445.9070.
"When smaller candles won’t completely light your space, use large lanterns that can accommodate several candles. They provide lots of light and come in a variety of styles to match any decor. You also can decorate your patio with potted trees and hang string lights on them—then turn those on when it’s dusk.” —Erica Mazzilli, decorator and owner, Lily & Kate, Ramsey
"Barrier spray treatments will eliminate 85 to 90 percent of mosquito and tick activity. We recommend two rounds of treatment prior to your anticipated event. This can be repeated throughout the summer. Areas of standing water (where bugs will breed) and gutters that hold water should be cleaned regularly. ” —DJ Reich, general manager, Mosquito Squad, Ridgewood