Outdoor Projects To Start
Before Summer Ends
Just as quickly as it arrived, summer is already on its way out. Very soon our warm afternoons will be replaced by an escalating chill. Before you know it there will be snow hanging from bare branches, salt sprinkled on the sidewalks, knit legwarmers pulled up knee-high and heavy winter coats on our backs. You can't control the weather, but you can always control how much work you get done when the weather is reasonable. Carve out some DIY time, summon some strength and get some of these important projects completed before it's too late.
Garage Door Update
Even though the average garage door is pretty dull, many of us don't even think about making changes to it. It's amazing what you can accomplish with a few accent pieces and a fresh coat of paint. The same rule applies to the garage door. But instead of just picking out your favorite shade at the hardware store, you could go for a truly unique look by staining the garage to look like an authentic wooden door. Start by applying a coat of paint on the orange-to-brown color spectrum and then add a much darker glaze. Many garages even have a faux-wood grain design that gives the finished product an original texture. Add some rustic garage hardware for the finishing touch.
Surprise The Postman
When it comes to updating your curb appeal, the mailbox isn't what pops into many minds first. It's an underutilized area in most yards and can make a big difference when it comes to the way your landscape looks to the neighborhood. Before you start, keep in mind that the U.S. Postal Service has installation guidelines for height, distance from the curb and more. The possibilities are seemingly endless when it comes to the design for your mailbox post and the materials you can use. One easy design for gardening enthusiasts is to replace or surround your mailbox with planters. Repurpose materials like an old watering can and attach it to your mailbox post for a design that'll make your postman double check the address.
Fixing Up The Fence
Depending on what climate you live in, summer is the best time to dig up the lawn and add a fence. Large projects justify using machinery to do any intense digging, but if your DIY project doesn't involve lining an entire acre, a manual fence post digger can get the job done. Remember to call before you dig to make sure you're not going to hit any utility lines buried under your yard. If you choose to dig manually, give yourself a break by watering the grass or soil for a few nights before to help soften the ground and make it easier to uproot stubborn spots. And if you're looking to update the look of your old fence, try carving out small, random holes and filling them with colorful glass gems. The sparkling glass will add a stunning look whenever the sun is shining.
Backyard Tree Bench
As the summer days wind down, it gets even more tempting to spend time outside in the warm weather. Relaxing in your backyard is always better with seating, so if you're looking for building a project that will allow you to enjoy your yard or garden, locate your favorite tree and map out plans for a tree bench. The wrap-around bench design is perfect for larger trees. If you really like the look but don't have a huge oak or maple tree crowding your lawn, you can still build the wrap-around design by featuring it around a beautiful arrangement in your garden or a DIY fountain.
The end of the summer season doesn't mean the end of DIY projects or even outdoor fix ups, but there are several projects that are much easier when the ground is soft and the temperature is warm. Get tools to get the job done, gardening supplies to help you transition to fall and even a glow-in-the-dark basketball for your kids to play with at The Lakeside Collection.