If you’re stuck at home with nothing to do, and you’re lucky enough to have a garden, there are plenty of projects at your disposal. You may have wanted to complete them for ages, but never got around because you didn’t have the time. Well, now you have nothing but time!
The garden is an excellent place to spend mornings, afternoons, and evenings, especially as the summer weather is approaching. Of course, there are limitations to what you can and can’t do during a lockdown. It’s not as if you can drive down to the local store to pick up materials without a reasonable excuse. Thankfully, DIY is here to help.
Doing it yourself gives you more focus, anyway. Plus, the sense of satisfaction when the job is complete and you’re looking at a transformed garden is hard to put into words. Below, you’ll find five of the most incredible projects to fill your time until the crisis is over. Enjoy!
Every self-respecting gardener needs a place to add more plants. Flowers don’t only incorporate color, but they bring new textures, too. At the moment, finding a place to plant them is tough, as is sourcing pots. With a little creativity, however, you can use a piece of deadwood as a fantastic home for new seeds to grow.
All you need to do is find a robust log that is hollow. Take an ax or a saw, or anything that is serrated, and cut out the middle so that you’re left with a deepish hole that you can fill with soil. Voila – you’ve got a log planter! Check out familyhandyman.com for a thorough guide.
What’s brilliant about this project, apart from its accessibility, is that people without gardens can utilize these tools to brighten their outdoor space. And, excess wood isn’t hard to come by as long as you search in the right places. A log planter is stunningly rustic. More than that, it’s cheap and easy to make.
Every homeowner has features in the garden that they wish they could remove. Sadly, stuff such as air conditioners or plumbing pipes is essential. Also, you don’t want these things inside your home as they make the interiors appear cluttered and messy. Previously, you’ve learned to ignore the ugly appliances, but this is a period where you can set your sets on old targets.
The trick is to box off anything that stands out for the wrongs with wood. Again, dead trees are straightforward to find as you can craft nice boxes out of pretty much any household feature. An old door, for instance, doesn’t have to go to waste. Instead, you merely need to cut the box down to size, along with joints. Use this woodmagazine.com post for the latter. You’ll need to measure the air conditioner or whatever you’re trying to conceal, too, to ensure it’s a snug fit.
When you’re done, your garden will appear less untidy because there will be fewer needless focal points. Who wants to stare at an HVAC unit?!
Think of a perfect garden and a luscious lawn will spring to mind. Sure, the green grass is an essential component of a stunning exterior, yet it can get a bit samey after a while. Aside from plants and flowers adding color and different textures, you should look around the yard for junk. Wood – there’s a theme here – is always a friend of DIYers, but don’t let stone or brick go to waste.
Breaking stone or bricks into small chunks allows you to create a garden path that texturizes the entire area. You should place it near other garden elements for the ultimate contrast. Talking of standing out, it’s worth mowing the lawn so that the features pop. There aren’t many DIY mowing options other than buying one because you’ll waste more time trying to do it by hand. Don’t worry, though, because NetVoucherCodes.co.uk has great deals on mowers. Of course, online retailers are still open and allowed to deliver to homes, which means you can have yours in no time.
One thing to watch out for is neatness when using contrasting elements. Stone and soil will get messy if you don’t keep on top of maintenance.
You may glance at your garden and not see any major renovation work. The lawn is trimmed back, the flowers are blooming, and there are zero ugly components. However, you shouldn’t assume that there is nothing to do – there are always cosmetic touch-ups. After all, it won’t be long before a fence starts to look weathered due to the, well, the weather!
A leftover tin of paint is a fantastic starting point as a new coat instantly makes the fence sparkle. As a bonus, you’ll get to use the paint that’s been sitting in the shed for ages. Talking of sheds, don’t be scared to give that another gloss, either. Once the fence is gleaming, the next step is to hang flower baskets and planters. Of course, the decision on what you hang from the fence is yours, and the options are endless.
Whether your garden is big or small, you will want to compartmentalize the different areas to create focal points that stand out as soon as you walk into the garden. A path is a brilliant way to separate the various elements while ensuring the area flows. However, you can’t go wrong with upcycled furniture.
Using a metal bed frame, for example, allows you to cordon off a flowerbed. As well as creating contrast, the sturdy material also protects the plants. There are loads of ways to include old household items in your garden, but this diyncrafts.com article has some of the best ones.