Kickstart patio season with these tips for home improvement

Did somebody say patio weather? Consult this list of essentials that will help you prepare your outdoor space for the sunny days and summer nights to come.

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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for — dust off the wicker couch, it’s patio season! If you’re hoping to make the most of good weather as soon as possible, here’s what you’ll need to get everything looking fresh for the season. From the top power washing tool to budget-friendly outdoor string lights, Shop the Weather has you covered with seasonal essentials for any sized space.

ThermoPro Digital Indoor Outdoor Thermometer

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SHOP NOW on Want to know the temperature in an exact location, let’s say on your own patio, so you can determine if it’s time to sit outside? This thermometer provides a lot of bang for its buck in terms of features. It can wirelessly track up to four locations, including up to three outdoor sensors (one included). There are a few options for placing this device in your house as you can mount it on the wall using a key hook, use the tabletop stand, or attach it to any metal surface like your fridge using the magnetic backing. It has a 60-metre range for temperature gauge, a backlit screen that automatically turns off after 15 seconds, and a large LED display with oversized numbers for easy reading.

Sun Joe Electric High-Pressure Washer

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SHOP NOW on Spray away all the remnants of winter with a powerful pressure washer. This reputable cleaning tool from the popular brand Sun Joe comes with 12 accessories including five different spray nozzles that will help you get the dirty work done! There’s also a built-in feature that will automatically shut off the pump when the trigger is not engaged to save energy and preserve the life of the pump. You can use this pressure washer for cleaning RVs, cars, trucks, boats, decks, driveways, lawn equipment, and more.

Outdoor Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit

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SHOP NOW on If you’re looking for the perfect, no-mess campfire for your patio at an affordable price, look no further! There’s no wood required for this portable, 24-inch fire pit that you hook up to your own propane cylinder using the hose it comes with. It’s a good option to take camping, on RV trips, or to set up in your own backyard. Features include high-quality steel construction, stainless steel burner, chrome valve knob, and natural lava rocks, plus this product ships from a small Canadian business. With nearly 30,000 positive ratings on, go ahead and add to cart!

Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller

Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller (Amazon)

SHOP NOW on Don’t go into bug season unprepared and risk getting itchy, swollen bites unnecessarily. Stock up on the Thermacell Patio Shield to keep the mosquitos away. This contraption creates a 15-foot zone of protection powered by a safe and compact 12-hour fuel cartridge that’s included and also sold separately for when you need to refill it. The active ingredient in their repellent is found naturally occurring in plants and that means there’s no deet, spray, or on-skin chemicals to worry about.

Outdoor String Lights

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SHOP NOW on Create a little ambiance by adding some twinkle to your patio or balcony to make it special when twilight hits. Complete with a weather-resistant design, these string lights come in three lengths up to 100 feet with black or white bases available. This string holds 25 bulbs and one spare bulb is included with the purchase. You can even connect up to three strings end-to-end, which is a great option for larger spaces. These lights are made to withstand extreme temperatures, rain, wind, and damp climates.

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DEMMEX Turkish Cotton Towel/Blanket

Amazon, Turkish Towel Blanket, CANVA, Patio Prep 2023

SHOP NOW on This multi-purpose Turkish towel is the perfect blanket for transitioning into seasons with warmer weather. It’s made from 100 per cent organic cotton and can be used as a blanket, beach mat, picnic mat, fitness towel, or tablecloth. It has all the features you’re looking for as it’s soft, absorbent, quick-drying, and compact for easily taking outside. This 71 by 36-inch blanket is pre-washed so it arrives at your door with a soft feel and is available in 35 colours to suit your personal style!

Infrared Electric Patio Heater

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SHOP NOW on Relax outside on chillier spring days and summer nights with this infrared patio heater. It’s built to withstand the elements like rain and can also be used in your garage or shed on chilly days during any season. Using carbon infrared technology, this heater produces warmth similar to the sun, keeping you cozy with radiant heat. It has ample safety features, remote control and timer, and three heat levels you can adjust to your preferred intensity. For extra convenience, you can mount this heater to a wall or use the tripod stand it comes with.

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