Not all of us can be clever masterful yard keepers. Some of us struggle with puttin mulch down. However, don't let your lack of skills stop you from trying. Houselogic provided an article '4 Genius Yard Upgrades Even a Klutz Can Crush'. Here are a summary of those 4 tips.
#1 No-Blow Outdoor Curtains
When Cara Daniel of “The Project Addict” blog spied a neighbor’s unruly outdoor curtains, she deecided to create her own that could withstand a gusty winds. She slipped conduit pipes through the curtain tabs up top and a hem at the bottom, and securing the pipes with wires (taut, but not too tight). Daniel used easy-to-find materials like washers and camping stakes. “The marine fabric is better than outdoor fabric that I bought,” says Daniel.
#2 Shutter Privacy Fence
No fence? No problem! Daune Pitman of the “Cottage in the Oaks” blog MacGyvered an attractive privacy feature from a friend’s pile of discarded shutters.
No only were they free. “They were tall,” says Pitman, “could easily be attached to posts, had the vents — which allows air to flow through — and didn’t weigh too much.”
After nailing the shutters to four-by-fours cemented into the ground, the nook-facing side got a charming French-blue facelift and the back a coating of foliage-matching bark brown paint.
It’s a kind of self-explanatory project because all you need is:
- Hinges (plus screws) for the shutters
#3 PVC Pipe Pergola
Monica Mangin of the site “East Coast Creative” jumped at the chance to rehab a client’s neglected urban patio. The showstopper was a clever PVC pergola decked with industrial-style lights. She was inspired by traditional wood pergolas, but wanted an easier material.
“A lot of mason jar light fixtures were trending,” says Mangin.”I liked the look of that but wanted to turn it a little more industrial.”
PVC pipe — with rebar inside as an anchor — won out for its ease on the DIYer and wallet. Could it get any easier?
A simple coat of hammered metallic outdoor spray paint gave the pipe a pricier look, and industrial-strength zip ties kept the string of dimmable, Edison bulb-style lights in place.
Although the project doesn’t take much time or skill, Mangin recommends recruiting two friends to help. Have one hold each end of the pergola while the third secures the lights with zip ties. Overall, it’s a dinner party-friendly cinch that’s surpassed the one-year mark.
4. Solar Light Hose Guards
Lynda Makara of the blog “Home of Happy Art” figured out a pretty and pragmatic solution using affordable solar lights rather then ugly heavy hoses that disrupt the garden. The DIY part entailed hammering 24-inch pieces of rebar into the ground, and slipping a light over each piece. Those sturdy posts could handle even the bulkiest hose, protecting Makara’s plantings during waterings then casting a lovely spotlight on them post-dusk. “The rebar is maintenance free,” says Makara. “I have had to replace some of the batteries in the solar lights, but I think that’s pretty normal.” It doesn’t get much easier than hammering a stake into the ground. Although Makara suggests straightening the rebar with a level, that’s about as technical as it gets to create a more functional, flowering garden.
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