Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to break out the lawn furniture and mosey on out to the yard. Sometimes, this can strike fear into the hearts of men as their honey-do lists begin to overflow with tasks—weeding, mowing and all the straightening up that is necessary for your neglected outdoor spaces.
When all that is taken care of, and the grass is tight and tidy, you may then find yourself thinking of ways you can spruce things up just a bit. Maybe a water feature or new fence is in order. Perhaps something as small as a change of lighting or a bigger project like a new back deck. Whatever the project you decide on, we’ve thought of a few to help you brainstorm and breathe new life into your lawn and garden!
5. Koi Pond
Koi are strikingly colored species of carp native to japan and are bred for their beauty. Interestingly, despite their size, they are actually closely related to goldfish! Koi ponds are built to bring harmony and peace to the spaces that they inhabit.
Okay, so this isn’t one of those easy, done-in-a-day projects but to be honest, digging and building out your very own koi pond is surprisingly simple. You can do it totally DIY and buying parts piecemeal, or you can buy a kit for a few thousand dollars. With a few shovels, the major work can be done in a day or two.
4. Fire Pit
Let’s face it, nothing is cooler than a fire pit. Designers and architects will tell you that it creates a “congregation space” in your yard—a central location your guests can collect around at your parties and gatherings.
Fire pits are available for purchase at your local hardware store and can be as humble or elaborate as you wish. But they can also be built for a fraction of the cost. Again, a few shovels (if you want an in-ground pit) and a good amount of bricks, cement or stones can easily be arranged into a circle and made good for burning.
3. Change Exterior Lighting
A little more DIY-lite project would come from changing out some of your exterior lighting. This could be as major as replacing all of your outdoor fixtures—perhaps going with fixtures that are more modern, colonial or industrial depending on your tastes.
Or you could go with something a little more contemporary and really jazz things up with a laser or LED light projector. While many people want to contend that these are only for use around the holidays, they’d be wrong to assume that. In fact, light projectors are great for use in your outdoor spaces to bring festive but non-intrusive lighting! One of the most perfect projectors is the Red, Green LED Spotlight with Remote. With this LED projector, you can have single green, single red, a combination of both and an LED spotlight perfect for lighting the exterior of your home!
2. An Herb Garden
One of the hippest things right now is farm-to-table, which helps local farmers provide fresh, seasonal food for diners and enthusiasts (usually in the form of CSA boxes). One way you can make your green space both beautiful and functional is by planting an herb garden.
There are several ways to go about this, but one of the most creative (and sustainable) methods is by repurposing old shipping pallets to make a vertical garden! There are plenty of how-tos out there, and it makes for a fun weekend project the whole family can take part in!
1. Finally Building that Back Deck
Maybe, just maybe, it’s finally time to make good on that declaration you no doubt made just days after settling into your home (however many years ago it was) to build that back deck of your dreams.
It’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take time, but nothing feels better than having your grill, patio furniture and everything else you need to have a good time in one location. It’s even better when you’ve built that location by hand.
In some jurisdictions, you may have to clear it with the city before you start construction, so be sure to get any clearance or permitting you may require. There are plenty of good instructions out there too.
There are myriad ways to beautify your lawn and garden but just be sure that you don’t take on too many at once! There are far too many DIY-ers who have half-dug holes and a pile of pallets that just never quite get around to completing their projects. So read up before you set out and, as always, measure twice and cut once!