Make Your Garden Great, The DIY Way

by Jeff Williams on July 2, 2015

in Landscape

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Who needs landscapers? If you’ve got the time, energy, and motivation you can do it all yourself. You definitely won’t need any help if you know what you’re doing.

So where do you start? That where we come in.

We’ve got a set of ideas you can use to renovate your garden totally from top to bottom. If you’re ready, we’ll begin.

Patio

Some people don’t have a lot of patio space in their garden. Some may even just step out their back door onto the grass. If that’s the case, you may want to think about laying some patio. Whether you’re entertaining guests or having a quiet drink yourself, having a patio means you have a place to put tables and chairs.

Sure you could place them on the lawn, but they’ll cause indents in the grass, and the shade may cause it to wither. The laying of a patio is pretty easy. Just dig up the area of your lawn closest to your back door. Make sure the length and width you are digging up correspond to rows of three to five paving slabs.

Decking

Alternatively you could have raised timber decking leading down into the garden if your home and garden are on a slope. This can give a totally different aesthetic to your garden. You can continue the timber theme throughout it with benches, and a timber path leading down to the bottom.

Decking is fairly easy with the right woodworking tools. The principles of doing this yourself is to remember that the load bearing beams beneath the decking need to be evenly distributed.

Water Feature

A garden can create an orchestra of birdsong and natural aesthetic. Sometimes you need a little extra added to that though. A water feature can add a much-desired effect to your garden. The calming sound of running water.

Adding a water feature to your garden is going to require some digging, so don’t be afraid to get a little messy. First you start by digging a small ditch. Next you secure waterproof lining to the base of the ditch. Make sure it stays in place by adding bricks or rocks to the lining overlapping the ditch.

Next you add the feature. Be aware some water features need electricity to pump the water, and will require a generator or a connection to the house’s electrics. Others will just use gravity to push and pump the water.

Once the feature is secure, a small amount of water and make sure it works. If everything is fine, do any additional work to secure the lining and fill the ditch all the way up.

Flowerbeds

Simple, but effective. You can either dig up your lawn in spots to plant flowers, or you can create a timber base to fill up with fresh soil if nothing tends to grow in your garden. Be sure to be precise in where you are planting the seeds or flowers. Too far apart and they’ll look oddly spaced. Too close, and not all of them will grow.

Who said gardening was hard? Try these out for yourself.

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If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.

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