Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? I’m guessing we all are feeling the itch to do DIY projects a little more than normal with all this extra time at home. Our previous home was a landmine for projects, especially the yard. We didn’t even know where to start with it when we first moved in. I vividly remember my Dad and husband tying a rope around the giant sized fitter bushes in the front yard, tying the other end to a truck, and driving those roots right up out of the ground. Little did we know the amount of work we had ahead of us. There’s not a Spring season that goes by, as I watch everything start to grow, that I don’t think of all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into that yard.

I thought with spring right around the corner, it would be a fun time to talk about simple things anyone can do to spruce up their own yard. Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are our top five easy landscaping projects!

  1. Create a pathway.  To guide you and visitors throughout your yard and link different areas together, install a pathway. You can use a variety of materials, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color.

  2. Add a wall or border.  Installing a flagstone, rock, or brick wall around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your landscaping and helps separate different sections of your yard.

  3. Install a water feature. Nothing says zen quite like the sound of trickling water as you relax in your backyard. You can start simple by purchasing and installing a small feature powered by a solar panel or create a larger focal point in your yard by installing a waterfall wall or small pond.

  4. Light your way.  An easy way to transform your yard is to strategically use lighting. Place cool-colored lights high in trees to recreate a moonlight feel, use pathway lights to naturally guide the eye, or highlight objects or plants.

  5. Plant upwards.  Expand your yard space by drawing the eye to the sky with a trellis fence or screen made of wood or metal. Once you install your trellis, select your climbing plants and vines and get to planting!

By Savannah Withers


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