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Many homeowners take pride in having a beautiful yard. The right landscaping will complement your home and help you stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. Whether you want to hire a professional or not, there are many do-it-yourself projects you can start with on your own. Our seven quick and easy DIY landscaping projects can make your yard attractive all year long.
1. Add Mulch Rings
When it comes to DIY landscaping, it doesn’t get easier than surrounding a tree with a mulch ring. Mulch can help your tree grow by insulating the soil around it from extreme cold and heat, preventing weed growth, helping the soil around the tree retain moisture, and keeping roots from rising above the surface.
Many communities and towns offer free or deeply discounted mulch to residents and even if you don’t have access to free mulch, it is relatively cheap at most chain and garden supply stores.
2. Plant and Divide Flowers
The right flowers can bring virtually any yard or garden to life. Planting flowers is often easier said than done, but you can do it on a budget.
During the gardening process, you will need to divide certain types of flowers from others. Dividing clump-forming perennials, such as asters and chrysanthemums, from other flowers can prevent stunted flower growth, fungal diseases, and pest infestation.
To separate your flowers, simply dig up the perennial clump, separate the crowns where the root and stem meet, and replant the divisions. Ideally, you will want to separate your plants during the spring or fall when they aren’t flowering — this will help keep your garden in great shape.
3. Construct a Walkway
Creating a charming and rustic garden walkway doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take weeks to complete. To create a walkway, simply choose your desired location and dig a small trench in the ground. When your trench is complete, lay down your walkway materials in the arrangement of your choice.
Get creative when installing your path and use any walkway material you like, not just rocks. Ideally, you will want to select a material that can stand the test of time and the elements, but as long as you keep this in mind, the choice is yours. Many homeowners choose to save money by using free materials or items they already have on hand.
4. Repurpose Tree Trunks
Many homeowners view old tree trunks as an eyesore, and rightfully so in many cases. Getting rid of a stump often requires homeowners to hire contractors to professionally remove it, but believe it or not, you may be able to incorporate stumps into your overall landscaping strategy.
If the idea of repurposing a tree trunk seems appealing, you can transform almost any trunk you come across into a planter (as long as the stump hasn’t started to rot). Using a chisel and jigsaw, you can hollow out the stump and fill it with soil. Once the stump is sufficiently hollowed, you can add your favorite flowers to create a beautiful yard centerpiece.
5. Plant Trees
Trees are often the foundation of any yard and even though they can take years to grow, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on the planting process. Planting a tree is a small investment of time and money that can have a huge payoff in the future. Trees not only provide essential oxygen, but they can help you reduce energy costs and increase the value of your property.
The best time to buy a tree is at the end of the season when they are heavily discounted by nurseries and hardware stores. Even if you don’t feel like waiting until the end of the season, saplings and seeds are relatively inexpensive.
6. Build a Fountain
Nothing accents a gorgeous garden like an elegant fountain, but for many homeowners, the prospect of buying a fountain may be out of the question. There is no need to spend a significant sum of money on a fountain when you can make one yourself.
You can create an impressive DIY fountain by filling two different sized plant pots with pea gravel and large rocks. Place a cinderblock or pavers inside the larger pot and the smaller pot on top of that. The fountain will circulate water using a vinyl tube attached to a submersible pump inside the larger pot.
7. Construct a Plant Basin
Not everyone has the ability to plant their dream garden. If your yard is overrun by weeds or pests, it may not be feasible to plant flowers in the ground. Fortunately, you can still grow flowers or vegetables inside a basin. All you really need is a few wooden boards and an adequate number of screws to hold them in place.
The wider and deeper you make your basin, the more flowers or vegetables it can hold. The ledge at the top of your bed will keep your plants safe from wildlife and invasive weeds.
When Should You Start Landscaping?
Spring is the perfect time to start landscaping. The season’s agreeable temperature is ideal for many plants and snowfall will no longer be an issue in most areas. Before you start landscaping, you should take the time to do the following:
- Learn more about the type of soil in your yard
- Set a landscaping budget
- Decide how you want your yard to look
- Find out what pests to look out for
- Learn more about your area’s particular climate
When you have completed the list above, you will need to decide which particular projects will need professional help and what you are able to do on your own. In most cases, you will want to hire a professional landscaper to help you with larger, more complex projects. Best Pick Reports can help you find the best the contractor in your area, based on your specific needs.
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With the right planning and budgeting, there are many landscaping projects you can try this spring. Visit Best Pick Reports today to learn more.