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4 Landscaping Projects You Can Try on Your Own This Summer

Are you interested in taking on a new DIY landscaping project this summer? Here are four landscaping project ideas to get your creative mind moving along.

Ideas to improve curb appeal

Add Edging

If you’re tired of your grass spilling into your garden areas, then consider installing hard edging. Be careful about buying flexible plastic edging material, however. It looks amateurish and cheap.

Buy aluminum, steel or fiberglass edging instead. It’s more rigid and will last longer. Here are a few quick tips for your edging project:

  • Use a hose to lay out your pattern
  • Mark the pattern of the hose with powdered chalk or flour
  • Make the edging incision with a spade or lawn edger
  • Use a rubber mallet to tap your edging material into the incision

Build a Concrete Walkway

Has your concrete walkway seen better days? Find a reliable local concrete services company and replace it with a new one. Here are some tips for creating a great walkway:

  • Overbuild your forms
  • Use hardboard for your curves
  • Compact the soil for a firm base
  • Don’t use too much water when laying concrete
  • Cut deep enough control joints
  • Use a broom when finishing

Make a Gravel or Flagstone Path

How would you like a decorative path running into the backyard garden or connecting the driveway to your front door? You can add one using crushed granite, pea gravel or flagstone.

Make sure to keep a clearance width of about three feet. Don’t use a straight line. A curving path is more pleasing. Keep grass from growing back by removing at least three inches of sod. Use heavy, large stones if you happen to live in an area with a lot of rainfall.

Create a Flagstone Wall

You don’t need mortar when using flagstone. Keep the wall lower than one foot in order to make the job easier. Dig your trench wide enough so you can easily place the flagstones. Use sand or pea gravel to fill the trench. Use the smaller stones first when placing your flagstones. Use the prettiest and largest stones on top and backfill with gravel. You’ll find that flagstone typically comes as sandstone, shale or limestone.

Use one or all of these landscaping projects to add a more decorative touch to your property. You’ll love looking at your work and it will add to the curb appeal of your home.

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Author Bio:  Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

 

 

 

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