If you’re looking for ideas on 5 easy summer weekend home DIY fixes and still want time to relax. We have you covered with some one-day fix ups that will make an impactful difference in your outdoor spaces.
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1. trim it up! Evergreens, hedges and shrubs
If they need shaping, give junipers, cedars and pine trees a light trim now, after they've established their new spring growth.
Shrubs, bushes and hedges are arguably the most underrated and undervalued of all landscaping plants. They possess a natural beauty that can enhance the curb appeal of your home, while providing an attractive complement to lawns, trees, gardens and hardscapes, such as walks, patios and stonewalls.
Many types of shrubs and bushes can be grown into a privacy screen, windbreak or living fence along a boundary line. Most varieties stay green and vibrant all year. Shrubs, bushes and hedges can even increase the resale value of your home, but only if they’re well maintained and neatly trimmed.
Badly overgrown, misshapen and unkempt shrubs and bushes will have a negative impact on the appearance and value of your home. Fortunately, maintaining these landscaping beauties is relatively easy if you use a hedge trimmer. Most homeowners will agree that they enjoy working on outdoor DIY modifications for their home spaces. Planting and shaping hedges is the perfect project to create a private getaway in your own backyard!
2. Fill In garden beds
Bare spots in your beds? At this time of year, many perennials have moved through the blossoming stage. So this is a great time spruce things up with some annuals.
Your area garden centers have the perfect solutions. Add groupings of container plants to fill out those empty spaces. Since potted plants dry out faster than those in the ground, add water-retaining crystals to the potting mix to keep the soil moist.
If you want to know what works best in what combinations there are lots of hints to be found here: OLA
3. refresh the mulch-another easy diy project
Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your garden. This is the process of placing a protective barrier (mulch) around your plants and over your bare soil. This protective barrier can come from of a variety of decomposing organic materials, including bark or wood chips, pine needles, straw, or non-decomposing, non-organic materials such as black plastic, landscaping fabric, recycled tires, pebbles, and river rock.
Adding a new layer will brighten up garden beds and the base of your tree beds. If you already have a good 1 to 2 inches down, give it a stir to revive the color or add additional product to the top.
Don’t underestimate the value of mulch in providing much needed moisture and nutrition in your garden, shrub and tree beds. Besides these key benefits, it helps prevent solid erosion, controls weeds and pests.
4. add some light - solar lighting is easy!
Use solar lamps or lanterns to illuminate walkways or steps so that guests unfamiliar with the terrain can find their footing. It also provides an indirect soft glow for siting out in the evenings. Besides that, it provides another measure of security by illuminating the dark edges and areas of your property. You can learn more about exterior lighting techniques here in our article on exterior lighting.
5. a new coat of paint for the front door
A welcoming entry can change the entire look of your home and a new coat of paint is an easy weekend end project. One way to add additional interest is to create a complementing two-tone look by painting the trim in an accent color to match other elements of your home.
If you think that the front door is beyond the help of a coat of paint. Don’t worry, we can guide you through the process of replacing your front door in this article with a how-to guide.
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