If you are a diehard weekend gardener and you love to get down and dirty with nature, then you’ll definitely love these five super DIY weekend garden projects.
I like the idea of completing smaller garden projects over the weekend. Not only does it offer me the sense that I’ve accomplished something “big” but it also allows me some time to kick back and admire the results of my labor.
Maybe that’s why these DIY projects are some of my favorite ones to do. And, hey, a little cleanup and sprucing goes a long way toward creating a garden and yard that you can enjoy year after year.
My favorite DIY weekend garden projects are:
1. Edge the Garden Beds
This is by far the most substantial and probably most labor intensive of all of the garden maintenance projects, especially if you have lots of garden beds, like I have. The idea here is to get rid of that old ratty looking plastic edging and replace it with a clean edge that looks professionally done.
Could you replace it with brick, metal, or even new plastic edging? Certainly. But if you want to skip the expense, cutting the edges the old fashioned way, is the way to go. Not only does it look great from the road, but it also is great for your plants, easy for grass edging, and holds back both bark mulch and stone nicely.
2. Prune Your Trees and Shrubs (The Right Way)
You’ve probably seen or even done some quick pruning, but did you know that there is a science to it? Make it a point this weekend to prune your trees and shrubs properly (think healthy cuts) so that your greenery will look great for months and years to come.
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3. Build a Raised Planting Bed
Raised planting beds aren’t just for the elderly or for those who can’t stoop to plant at ground level. The fact is, everyone can benefit from a raised planting bed.
Maybe that’s why I love this easy weekend project, because raised beds are great for young and old alike. This project is also great if you’re looking to edge a patio area or wanting to establish a mini (or large) kitchen garden.
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4. Make a Lily Pond
Keeping in mind the safety of kids and wild beasts, there’s nothing like a small lily pond to instantly beautify one’s yard. It doesn’t take up much space and if you’re short on space, you can make it as large or small as needed. The idea here is to add a bit of dimension and wow factor to your yard and patio area. (Did I mention that this water feature also attracts birds and butterflies, too?)
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5. Plant a Bird/Butterfly Garden
There are definite benefits to planting a bird and butterfly garden. Not only will you attract some of nature’s best pollinators but you’ll also get great enjoyment from watching those bright blooms grow. It’s easy to design your very own bird and butterfly garden if you know how.
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What To Do If It’s Raining…DIY Rock Garden Markers Craft
The weather forecaster said it’s going to rain this weekend, but there’s no reason to look longingly out the window if you can’t get outside and work in your garden. Push the blues away with these colorful rock plant markers. With a bit of ingenuity and some colorful paints or permanent markers, you can create beautiful art for your garden.
Photo/Tutorial: West Valley Moms Blog
Finally, the last thing all weekend gardeners need to do is enjoy your own yard. Simply put, it doesn’t do anyone good if all you do is work and not set aside some time to admire the beauty of nature. Happy Gardening!
For more great weekend garden ideas, be sure to check out my Pinterest Board: Garden Ideas from Wisconsin Homemaker.