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Four Simple DIY Lawn & Garden Projects to Try This Spring

April 17, 2019

Spring is finally here and it’s the perfect time to spruce up your lawn. Here are four small DIY projects that will make a big impact in your lawn and garden without putting much of a dent in your wallet. Timberland Supply has all the tools and equipment you’ll need to get these jobs done with ease.

Spring Cleaning and Mulch

mulch

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. Consider starting with a “Spring Cleaning” onslaught.

Power wash any patios, walkways, and other dirty surfaces to get off the dirt, grime, and chemicals that accumulate over time. This simple project will brighten the whole lawn.

Next, prune your trees and shrubs. Consult your local nursery for advice on the best time of year to prune different trees. Pruning can feel intimidating, but with a little info and the right tools, it keeps your plants healthy and your lawn beautiful.

Trim and shape your lawn edges to keep everything looking neat and tidy. This simple act is a major boost to the overall appearance of your lawn and garden.

Add mulch to the flowerbeds and around trees. It’s a small thing but mulch makes a big difference in the overall appearance (and health) of your yard. Mulch insulates the plants from extreme temperatures and helps prevent weeds from cropping up. Mulch also helps trap moisture to keep your trees and plants watered.

 Power tools to make the job easy:

New Pathways

Garden path

Adding a new pathway can change the overall look of your lawn and highlight beautiful features of your house. Choose a surface for your pathway that matches your home’s architecture and make sure the surface will not be slippery when it gets wet.

Once you select the location and materials, clear the area of any vegetation and put down leveling sand. Dragging a wood 2×4 over the sand will ensure everything is level.

Set the stepping-stones 6 to 10 inches apart. Make sure the tops of each stone are well above the sand and each stone is level with the others to create a nice even pathway.

Install a weed barrier around each stepping stone to cut down on any weeding you’ll have to do around your new pathway. Lay the weed barrier down and cut holes for each stepping-stone.

Fill the areas around each stone with small pebbles or another filler material that compliments your landscaping. Install edging to keep the filler material from migrating to surrounding areas. Anything from a simple strip of metal to brick-shaped pavers creates an effective edge.

Power tools to make the job easy:

Add a Flowerbed or Produce Garden

Flower Bed

Maybe your yard needs a new flowerbed or garden this spring! Flowers bring a welcome splash of color and it’s always fun to enjoy the fruits—or vegetables—of your labor in a produce garden. Tending a garden is also a very therapeutic activity for many people.

Remove the existing grass or vegetation with a flat shovel (or kill it with a herbicide like Roundup). Once the grass is removed, add 2 to 3 inches of organic matter like compost or manure to the area.

Till the ground 8 to 10 inches deep to turn over the soil, mix in the organic matter and break up any dirt clumps.  Healthy gardening dirt is smooth and dark. Now you’re ready to plant your new flowerbed or vegetable garden!

Of course there are countless ways to dress up a garden patch, from adding edging to installing lights. The opportunities for creativity are endless.

Power tools to make this job easy:

STIHL Yard Boss

Add a Water Feature

Water feature

It’s surprisingly easy to add a small water feature to your garden or backyard and there are many detailed DIY plans online. It’s an opportunity to let your creativity run wild as there are so many unique things you can add to a pond, from waterfalls and rock features to fish and aquatic plants. While the step-by-step instructions will vary widely depending on what kind of pond you are building, the general process is simple.

First, select your location and lay out the perimeter of the pond with rope or a garden hose. Then, start digging until the pond is at least 16 inches deep. If you plan to add a waterfall, pile the dirt where you will install it.

Next, line the hole with screened mason’s sand and lay down geotextile fabric to protect the pond liner from punctures. Lay the rubber liner in the pond lengthwise. Line it up so the rubber overlaps equally on all sides. Gently press the rubber down around the whole pond with your hands and bare feet.

After the rubber pond liner is in place, begin placing decorative stone in and around the pond. Some ponds only have stone around the edges and other ponds have stones on the inside as well. Finally, install the pump and waterfall (if you planned a waterfall feature).

Power tools to make this job easier:

Xeriscape

If you are looking for a lawn overhaul, not just a weekend-DIY upgrade, consider learning how to xeriscape your lawn! Originally developed in drought-prone areas to conserve water, xeriscaping is gaining popularity in many climate zones.

Xeriscaping is many things but it is not dull. If done properly, it will bring bright, vibrant colors to your lawn, increase your overall property value, reduce your water bill, and make your lawn more environmentally friendly.

Whether you are scheming a small DIY upgrade or plotting a total lawn overhaul, contact Timberland Supply. We have all the power equipment you will need to get the job done.