Some of my favorite things to do in DIY projects is the outdoors. Fresh air, gentle breeze, and sunlight can really be a nice break from a day at the office. And besides, who doesn’t like gloating a bit about the clean curb appeal or back yard oasis you can create with some some time outside and little planning.

Whether it’s as simple as pulling weeds, adding garden ornaments, installing some LED or solar panel lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants. Simple tasks can lead to a fresh look for the lawn and add house or curb appeal. Here are our top five easy landscaping tips to get you started. 


Improve, Reconfigure or create a pathway. 

Borrow a neighbors pressure washer, comet powder, deck brush and clean up that dingy concreate walkway.

Your pathway is an important part of your outside. It’s the area that you and visitors use throughout your yard, to get from your driveway to your home, or from your patio to your garden or pool.  Create a new one by linking  different areas together. You can use a variety of materials, including broken dishes, rocks, railroad ties, bricks, tires, reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color. Pinterest is my favorite go-to for inspiration and see what other creative paths others have made, and the different materials people have used. 


Add borders to your trees or bushes.

Rows of stone, or railroad ties, around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your landscaping and helps separate different sections of your yard. You can fill the areas in with mulch or rock or even broken tiles. 


Consider adding water. 

Nothing beats the sound of trickling water as you relax in your backyard. Your local hardware store will have everything from a basic DIY small water kit to larger scale projects. Some kits already come with a solar panel and some other great features. But no matter what you start with- you can create a nice focal point in your yard by installing a waterfall wall or small pond.



Garden lights are an affordable way to to transform your yard. Check out your sales at your local stores, or yardsales. Plan your space, and strategically use your outdoor lighting. Design a projection for the night, or soft welcome glow on your driveway. Place cool-colored lights high in trees to recreate a moonlight feel, and use pathway lights to naturally guide the eye through your yard, pool area, or highlight favorite objects or plants. Citronella candles or torches are popular also. You can DIY with mason jars. There’s so many tutorials online to help you. 


Accent Rocks & Succulents

Rock gardens are a growing trend, and succulents are always a classic minimal maintenance garden that works for you. So, depending on the enviroment your working with, they can be a clean minimalistic way to create eye catching appeal for your yard. 

More Plants & Directional Plants

Bushes or roses, there’s always vines and creeping plants that are classic ways to attrack positive attention to your outside spaces.

Expand your yard space by drawing the eye to the sky with a trellis, or adding fences or create screens made of wood or metal, even old doors or windows can be a canvas that climbing plants enjoy. Once you install your trellis, select your climbing vinery, or plants and start planting!

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