The summer season offers a great opportunity to get some work done in your yard and garden, or even on your home exterior. But don’t make all your efforts about upkeep. Some upkeep is always necessary of course, but instead of focusing only on the jobs you need to do this summer, try to think of a few ways to redesign and improve your yard as you go along. These are a few ideas to help get you started, some simple and others a little bit more ambitious.
Stick A Gazebo In The Garden
If you have a garden space but nowhere to actually sit and enjoy it, you have an easy way to redesign your yard this summer. Upgrading the garden can involve any number of different efforts, but installing furniture can certainly be one of the best of them. A gazebo can often be bought as is for easy placement, and it can inspire you to actually spend more time outside, whether for coffee in the morning, an afternoon cocktail, or even meals on weekends.
Build (Or Expand) Your Deck
Sticking with the idea of installing wooden structures, you can also consider building or expanding a back deck or patio area if you’re looking for a more ambitious summer project. This is a pretty difficult job to take on, but you can consult with a lumber center or homebuilder to get an idea for how much of it you can do on your own, and where you might need professional help. In the end, though, you can wind up with what’s effectively a full addition to your home.
Lay A New Garden Path
Putting down a new path through or around your garden actually isn’t dissimilar to installing a gazebo in that it encourages spending more time outside. This is a nice project to take on because it’s something you can do on your own, but it will take some time and effort – which means a lot of hours outside. There are plenty of different ways to go about the specific process, but you can always find detailed blueprints online, or even simply by consulting someone at the nearest Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Put In A Pool Or Hot Tub
This might sound incredibly involved, and it can be. It can also be fairly expensive, and it’s not the kind of job you usually do on your own. That said, however, there are different ways to go about it. Pools and spas come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and designs, some sitting on top of the ground (or that new deck you’re building), and others being set into the ground. Naturally any decision on a pool or spa depends on the space you have and what you’re willing to spend, but it’s certainly one way to transform your yard.
Build Borders With Hedges
There might not be a way to change your yard more effectively than by having hedges brought in to reshape the landscape. You don’t have to go for a full-blown hedge maze of course (though it might be kind of fun), but planting hedges in any kind of border pattern can effectively make rooms out of your yard. For instance, if you want some open yard space for kids to play in but you also want a garden, separate the two spaces by a hedge. If you’re putting in a spa in the backyard but you don’t want it just sitting there, surround it with low hedges.
Any and all of these tactics can make for a productive and enjoyable summer effort. And when you’re done, you might just have the yard you’ve always dreamed of.