As the snow starts to melt, many people are looking forward to landscaping projects for their yards and gardens. However, you don’t have to wait until the weather is warm. There are plenty of landscaping projects you should start when it’s still a bit chilly out. You don’t have to spend a fortune or a lot of time on these projects either. You can do many of these project in just a weekend or two. Here are a few yard projects you can start before the weather warms up.
Your kids will need a safe play area during summer. A DIY sandbox is very affordable and easy to build, though digging the hole can be somewhat labor intensive as you’ll want to dig it about six inches deep. It’s a good idea to start this project when the ground is no longer frozen but before it starts to rain regularly. While soggy ground will certainly be easier to dig through, it can make your project less stable. If you can dig the sandbox and install the walls before spring showers come, the sandbox will likely last longer.
While you can use any type of wood for the sides of your sandbox, try to use a local hardwood. Using a wood that is common in your area will make the project more affordable, and a strong wood unlikely to warp will help the project last. You can also install a canopy over the sandbox to act as a sunblock and protect your kids from the scorching sun rays.
As with digging a sandbox, a deck should be built before springtime rain starts. You want the deck to be stable before the ground around it starts shifting it and making it uneven. Before you start your deck building project, you need to check with the local authority for permits. Then, measure the dimensions of the yard. This will make it easy for you to get accurate information on the cost of materials and labor required to complete the project.
You can DIY this project, although it’s usually recommended to contact a professional for deck building. Professionals will install a more stable and durable deck that will likely last longer than a DIY project. After the deck is installed, add some outdoor furniture. With a few simple addition, you can create a backyard where you can relax with family and friends.
Raised Garden Bed
If you’re planning to plant a garden this year, now is a good time to put together some raised garden beds in your yard. These types of garden beds are very versatile as you can build them in any size or shape in order to suit your yard and the specific needs of the plant you’ll be growing.
You’ll want to remove the grass under where you plan to position your raised garden bed. Having soil underneath the bed allows roots to grow and anchor better. It also allows for better drainage, which keeps your plants healthy. Once you have the frame in place, add soil and mulch to the interior.
As winter comes to a close, it’s time to start getting outside. If you’re looking for landscaping projects, there are several you can do in your own backyard without having to wait for the weather to warm up.
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