As summer's heating up, we're ready to spill into the backyard for some good relaxation and beer-b-queing. Before we get too close to the Fourth of July, though, you'll probably want to make sure all your equipment is up for another season of fun.

Thankfully, Ace Hardware has everything you need to turn your backyard into an oasis, from lawn and gardening supplies and storage to grills and outdoor furniture. Here's a checklist of items to consider before firing up the grill:

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1) How's the lawn looking? If the grass is a little lackluster or your mower just doesn't seem to be able to keep up, Ace can help you replace your equipment or find the right fertilizer or weed killer for your situation.

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2) Is it time to upgrade your grill? Whether you prefer gas or pellet, Ace has a wide variety of grills and grilling supplies.

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3) Where will everyone sit? From canopies to outdoor seating, Ace has you covered here, too.  Outdoor furniture available by special order.

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4) And where are you going to put it all? If your garage is a little too full, consider getting a shed so your tools and toys stay clean and dry (and out of sight.)

Ready to get shopping? There are three local Ace Hardware stores to serve you: