Springtime Yard Spruce Up

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever I do, my favorites involve getting outdoors, dragging my husband along and mixing up our landscaping features.

Whether it’s as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are some (almost) super easy landscaping projects!

Create a pathway. To guide you and visitors throughout your yard and link different areas together, install a pathway. You can use materials from a variety of materials, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color. Later, we will discuss adding a border around beds and such, use the same color stones for a more uniform look, or do something contrasting to make your yard really pop!

Add a wall or border. Installing a flagstone, rock, or brick wall around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your landscaping and helps separate different sections of your yard. We did this along a tree line in our backyard, as well as the flowerbeds out front in our yard. Pro-tip: I don’t recommend using random, mismatched rocks, they’re a pain to mow around!

Install a water feature. Nothing says zen quite like the sound of trickling water as you relax in your backyard. You can start simple with by purchasing and installing a small feature powered by a solar panel or create a larger focal point in your yard by installing a waterfall wall or small pond.

Two Words: Patio. Furniture. This can really make a space. Adding a small bench to the front porch or adding a full set to your patio or deck out back. This makes any space seem more inviting because no one wants to stand around while relaxing! Set up some adirondack chairs around your fire pit, make some s’mores and have a drink or two. Put your feet up and enjoy the space you worked hard to create!

Light your way. An easy way to transform your yard is to strategically use lighting. Some rustic string lights to make the back porch a more relaxing hang out. Place cool-colored lights high in trees to recreate a moonlight feel, use pathway lights to naturally guide the eye, or highlight objects or plants.

Plant upwards. Expand your yard space by drawing the eye to the sky with a trellis fence or screen made of wood or metal. Once you install your trellis, select your climbing plants and vines and get to planting!

What are some of your favorite landscaping projects that you’ve done yourself? Comment and share photos of your yard!