DIY Yard Projects to Keep You Busy This Summer



If you’re a little depressed to be stuck at home this summer then it’s time to get outside. There are so many ways you can have fun with your garden and it can become a long-term project as well. Gardening is very therapeutic and satisfying, so get those thumbs green. Work on those flower beds, plant trees, or you can even dig out a pond. The possibilities are endless. Why not get the kids involved as well?

Here are some projects to get you started.

Dig a Pond

A pond is a fantastic feature if you have space.

It adds a touch of elegance and character. Digging in a pond will make a nice home to host your amphibian visitors. It’s not too difficult to do, just make sure there are stones and branches surrounding it so that the animals can get in and out.

Be sure to add water lilies and other plants to keep it fresh and inviting. 

It takes a day on average to dig out a pond. One thing to think about, however, is what you will do with the loose soil afterward. Many people plan to use this topsoil for their trees and flower beds. Make sure you have an idea of what to do with it before you start. See here for more garden pond building tips

Flower beds

Cut and draw out flower beds using an edging tool.

This creates a neat line, and a lip to collect mulch. Check out this video example. Once you’ve got the beds prepared you can start planting. Create a “raised bed” by loosening the soil with a hoe as you want fluffy soil. Mulch after planting seeds or bulbs and try not to walk on the beds. 

Compost works great as an organic fertilizer for your flowers.

Find out how to create a compost pile online, it’s a great way to get rid of your organic waste in the house, such as fruit and vegetable peeling, teabags, coffee, and leftovers.

Sort out your irrigation system with a hose or sprinkler. Check everything is in working order with your plumbing if you have any problems. If not a local plumber can help you with any issues such as blocked drains or Water Heater Repair

Trees

If you’re planning to plant some trees, you’ll need to take into account root health, weather, soil conditions, and aftercare.

This is a great time of year to plant trees as spring to early summer has more appropriate conditions. Some trees are easier to plant than others, for a selection of trees to look at, start here

You might even need to get rid of any old tree stumps, or unwanted roots getting in the way.

There are tree felling companies that can help you do that. Sometimes trees can actually be quite dangerous so it’s a good idea to have them removed to make way for new ones. Trees are a great long-term project and it’s incredibly satisfying watching them grow over the years. 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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