Month: February 2020

DIY Methods to Enhance your Lawn Beauty

Maintaining the look of your home exteriors is the one thing that reflects your personality. There are many do it yourself tips and low-cost landscaping ideas that can enhance the look of your home exterior and that can create high impact without a high price tag. Many think to create an attractive and eye-catching yard costs a lot but in fact, attractive gardens are possible by spending your creativeness and by using low-cost materials and plants and grass that are environmentally sensitive. Efficient landscapers always prefer reuse creative materials and cheap, low-maintenance plants which just require little care and water. To maintain an outstanding yard, first, it is important to consider the space you have at the backyard, as well as front yard and another thing you should consider in prior, is for what purpose you will use this space for. Question yourself that whether you want to use your backyard just to spend time a relaxing time or do u want it with full of plants. Later, according to it, follow good landscaping ideas to make your lawn as the best place you need. Here are few DIY tips that can help you to create a lawn you’ll enjoy.

You can ask your friends for cuttings

Do you know many beautiful plants and flowers that make your lawn more beautiful grow from just a small cutting of another plant? So before you go to the nursery to buy plants and expensive bulbs, ask your friends who have foliage as you can get from them, the little cuttings of their plants that you admire. Many beautiful plants and flowers grow very easily and quickly from these small clippings. These plants even enhance the look of your home’s exterior.

Add Planters

Do you know that you already have the materials in your home that are needed to grow flowers and vegetables? Yes, of course, you don’t have to buy things like planters and raised beds from a local gardening store. Because some of the great DIY ideas for planters include barrels, wine crates, pallets and tires. You can also upcycle your planters with an inexpensive method that is by painting them in a bold colour.

Prefer Perennials more

While annuals only live for one season, Perennials plants return year after year. These Perennials are also a budget-friendly flower that adds beauty to your yard.

Design geometric patterns with ground cover and pavers

The cheapest DIY method you can employ to enhance the visual impact of the yard is by using pavers and ground cover. If there is lot unused space in your yard or if you have ground space or bare earth, then you can cover these areas by using cheap, recycled and broken pavers in a mosaic pattern. You can also plant either moss or any creeping sedum as these materials cost very less. Creeping Sedum is nothing but an attractive light green perennial that blooms with eye-catching yellow flowers and that spreads on its own. This plants are not only cheap but also are of low-maintenance plants. These plants don’t need much water or maintenance to survive. You can also create a fragrant path by using herb lemon thyme in the mosaic pattern. Though these plants grow slowly, they require minimum maintenance and it emits a pleasant aroma when stepped on.

Creating a Raised Bed Garden

The size of your raised bed garden is something that you can choose, but staying within certain guidelines will make things easier. Stick with a four-foot maximum on width so you can reach all the plants without straining. Theoretically, you could make it as long as you want (or as long as space permits). Many gardeners choose to create raised beds that are four feet on each side. You can scatter around several your landscape, or make one long bed.

Standard lumber is an acceptable choice for materials. The height of the edges depends on your vegetable choices. Shallow-root veggies like lettuce, spinach and radishes will do fine in a two-by-six frame. Larger vegetables like tomatoes and corn will thrive in deeper raised beds. If you use two-by-twelve boards, you can create a soil depth of about ten inches.

When you buy the lumber, you’ll have to decide between treated and untreated lumber. If your frame is untreated, you had better plan on replacing it in a few years after it rots. However, treated wood could potentially leech toxic chemicals into your garden soil. The chemicals will likely be picked up by your vegetables and passed on to you and your family.

Safety would dictate choosing untreated wood. On the other hand, most experts claim that the small amount of chemicals you are likely to ingest presents no danger to your health. Ultimately it is a personal choice. Whatever decision you are comfortable with should be fine.

Get your lumber cut at the store before you take it home. This will help the ends fit together and keep your soil from leaking out. This is hard to accomplish at home unless you have a big saw and some skills using it. Anything handheld, like a handsaw or circular saw, probably isn’t enough.

Attaching the frame pieces to each other works best with four-inch ribbed deck nails. These raised bed gardening frames need to be able to hold in a lot of pressure with soil and plant material. Regular nails may not have what it takes to keep it together.

A flat surface for assembly will make your frame sturdier. Your driveway or deck (assuming they are flat) would be ideal. The only downside is moving the frame to your garden spot. You might need to line up some helpers. (Bribe them with future vegetables!)

If you choose to have multiple boxes, put them two or three feet apart. Give yourself enough room to move between them effortlessly. Get them in the right spot from the beginning. Once you put the soil inside, they will be pretty much impossible to move without taking out the dirt.

What about the soil under the raised bed? Till it if you like, but it’s not required. If your plants need more than six to twelve inches of soil, they’ll be able to push into the untilled dirt under the bed. Just make sure you put in high quality soil to help your plants thrive.

Commercial potting soil is okay, but try to improve its quality even more. Adding organic material should do the trick. Composted manure, homemade compost, or other organic materials will boost the quality of your soil quickly.