Summer is the perfect time for enjoying your garden (especially if the weather happens to be good!) and enjoying the fresh air and the fact that nature is all around you. It’s wonderful, but it would be even more wonderful if you get some fantastic DIY projects done in time to have them in place for when the sun starts to shine once more. Read on to find out what you can do now and closer to summer to enhance your garden and make it fit for the season. Here are some great ideas.
Build A Fire Pit Area
Perhaps you’ve seen images of people sitting happily around a fire pit in their backyard, laughing and drinking with friends and having a great time, and maybe you want to have something like that in your own garden. The good news is it doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive thing to do, and it’s certainly a DIY project you can tackle if you want to.
A fire pit in your garden is more than just something functional; it’s something that means you and your family and friends can spend more time together - even when the sun goes down (or didn’t make an appearance at all), you can still stay warm, meaning you can spend more time outside and really make the most of your garden in the summer. Even better, you can also make the most of your garden at other times of the year, because you can always ensure you feel nice and warm.
Build A Raised Flower Bed
Of course, when you think about gardens, you think about flowers, but if you want to get stuck into a project, you’re going to need to do more than just plant some flowers and bulbs, ready for spring and summer (although that’s not a bad thing to do at all, and definitely should be on your list of things to do); you’re going to need to take things a step further and actually construct something that can really enhance your garden and make it into a gorgeous outside space to enjoy in the future.
One idea you can certainly consider would be to build a raised flower bed. These are highly practical because they give you much better control over the soil quality, drainage, aeration, and so on, meaning your plants are much healthier as a result. Plus, when you have raised beds in your garden, they’re easier to work on, so your back and knees won’t hurt so much after a few hours of making them look good.
On top of all of this, raised beds give your garden a neat and organized look, so if that’s something you like the idea of, and perhaps you already invest in other ways to keep your garden as tidy as possible, such as lawn care maintenance, this could be the way to go.
Create A Vertical Garden
Vertical gardens are wonderful, and they’re absolutely ideal if you don’t have a lot of space, but you’re keen to grow things in your outside area. Not only do these gardens save your floorspace, but because they look different, they’ll add a gorgeous dimension to your garden that you would have missed out on if you decided not to go through with this idea.
As we said, a vertical garden is an excellent option if you have a small balcony, a tiny garden, or even just space for some window boxes, but if you have a bigger garden, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a vertical garden - in fact, it might make your yard look even better. After all, what could look more beautiful than a load of lovely flowers, leaves, and petals tumbling down from your vertical garden? Everyone will love looking at it, and it won’t take you long to put in place either; just take a look for some instructions online, and you can start immediately.
DIY Stepping Stones
Stepping stones are a fantastic addition to your garden, and they always elevate things to the next level when you have them in place. You can use them as a practical pathway, getting you from one area to the next, but you can also use them as decorative items, and they’ll still look good and certainly won’t look out of place.
You can go as far as you want with this idea. In the simplest way, you can buy slabs from your local store and place them where you want them across your lawn, for example. Or you can get some slabs and make the job a more in-depth one by removing other paths and patios and replacing them with a stepping stone idea.
The next level up might be to actually make your own stones - there are a few different ways to do this, such as breaking up larger slabs or molding something, and you’ll need to look into where and how you can do this, but if you love making things, it could work out well for you, and you’ll certainly have something unique as a result.
Entice The Butterflies
Not everyone likes creepy-crawlies, but there’s something about butterflies that appeals to lots of people, so why not make it your mission to make your backyard into a place where butterflies want to be? Not only do they look great, but they’re pollinators, so they’re good for the health of your garden and the environment in general. When you attract butterflies to your garden, you can grow more flowers, more fruit, and vegetables, and you’ll find the space a relaxing, tranquil place to be, so it’s well worth putting some thought into this idea.
Again, it’s not a difficult thing to do; one of the best ways to do it is to provide them with plenty of food (bright, colorful flowers, in other words), which is going to make your garden look great as well, so you’ll get double the joy from it. You can also give them a muddy puddle to drink from. It might sound strange, but butterflies like to get their hydration from mud more than anything, as they’ll get nutrients from the earth at the same time.