DIY is becoming more popular nowadays. DIY is a procedure of modifying or repair things to make it more attractive and budget-friendly. Professional or not, you can make your own DIY stuff, you just need a creative mind or you can search online. In making DIY stuff, people use raw, semi-raw, or used materials to make something useful out from scratch materials. Some reason why people prefer DIY stuff because it’s unique, economical, lack of material availability, and want to customize things.
Another meaning of DIY in the military is to take responsibility for something. It is a command where military people are ordered to do things on their own. And in entertainment, this is how a person sings a song and composers themselves.
In 1912, consumers around the world already adopted DIY staff for their house improvement and development. In the new millennium, DIY had taken a leap. It offers a wider range of skills. People can make the simple things look expensive and elegant. Shoe boxes can be turned into organizers, plastics can be used for jewelry and accessories, used tires can be made into tables or your garden landscape. It’s a creative-recreational activity for the whole family, as well as a cost-saving activity.
A garden is an outdoor space which is intended for cultivating and displaying different kinds of plants and flowers. In making a garden, we can use both man-made materials and natural materials. The word garden is broad. Places or an area where we can find different species of plants or their sanctuary is called a botanical garden. Another kind of garden is where we can see different kinds of wild and endangered animals is called a zoological garden, which is commonly called “zoo”. But the most common type of garden is the residential garden. A lot of homes would like to have a garden in their own home which they could take a break and relax around the green, colorful, and natural corner of their house. Who doesn’t love to go home and feel comfortable in your garden, right?
Gardening is an activity where a person grows and maintains the beauty of his own garden and makes sure that his plants grow well. Gardening is mostly done by people who love plants and he can be an amateur or a professional one. A gardener can work not only in gardens; you can also find them public spaces like parks and, roadside embankments.
Xeriscape garden where you can find native plants and doesn’t need to be irrigated from time to time since they are designed to be that way. But it can still provide you the benefits and its function in a garden. This is suitable for people who are always busy but love to have plants and a garden. And in Japan, they’re practicing minimalism; the kind of garden they have is the Zen gardens. Where in their garden they put a kind of grass, some stone and sparsely with plants or maybe no plant at all. You can customize your garden by putting in some fountains, fish ponds, creeks, arbors, statues, trellises, and a whole lot more.
Some gardens also produce food crops and they are grown in a separate area most of the time. Food producing plants or garden is like a farm but in a smaller area. It requires less labor but you need to pay attention to it. People who have this kind of garden are not merely for selling and earning, but for their own enjoyment. They can even use these foods to make fresh vegetable and fruit salad. Next are the flower gardens which different kind of plants that produce beautiful flowers. Flowers that vary in texture, color, shape, and sizes.
Designing a garden is a procedure which you plan of your landscapes, what plants to be planted in there, and other crafts to put in. Garden can be designed by a professional landscape architect or the owner itself. These professional landscapes architects to learn such skill and trained to work on your garden with knowledge and experience. These professional gardeners have a lower degree to landscape architects but they also have knowledge in landscaping and garden design. Professional landscape architects have a license to operate and most of the professional garden designers are licensed.
Designing the garden also includes the lay-outing of the hard part in a landscape like walls, decking, water features, paths, and plants as well. Aside from those physical features, they also must consider the weather from one season to another, size, a lifespan of the plant, and the compatibility of every plant when they are combined in one area. And the most important thing to consider is the funds available for its regular maintenance, which will be the kinds of plants you like and its characteristic might get affected. Gardens can be divided into two different groups, which would be a naturalistic garden and formal garden.
A naturalistic garden is when shrubs, trees, and a variety of plants can be found in your garden. It’s like the home of birds because they can find everything they want to food, water, and place to live in. A naturalistic garden is ideal when you live in the countryside or lot area is spacious. On the other hand, a formal garden mostly can be seen in buildings, companies, or factories because flowers or plants should be uniform in size and color and most of the time they’re lined-up in a row.
All consideration in designing your garden will solely depend on your budget. Things like the space for building your future garden, how to style the garden if it suits your place or home, and what’s the purpose of the garden. If budget is limited, owners can customize and should be hands-on their garden, one at a time. You can make a simple garden at first. Few plants or you can start with planting a seed. You can also make simple landscapes at first and make it more elegant once there’s already a budget for upgrading your garden.
To help you with your messy unused lot or wanted to upgrade your garden, here are seven tips that might help you in some ways. This is a “do-it-yourself” garden design, it costs lesser, it’s better to do it during a long holiday (five days, at least, depends in your manpower).
Brick Wall. This would take up some hours to work on. If your walls have bricks design, then it’s a good background for your flowers. If it’s already worn to look at, then fix it first. You can use materials or paints to repair worn out bricks. It doesn’t only look like a new brick wall but It also helps restore and longer life span of these bricks. This is a good rustic-themed idea.
Work on the Borders. If you only have a plain area or garden box for your flowers and plants, it will only promote in growing weeds or grass and we don’t want that, right? It can also mix up two different kinds of plants. And next thing is, it’s boring to look at. Let your plants or flowers stand out by putting a border between your plant area, as well as keeping the soil in that same area. You can search online on what design you like or your water hose to be your guide if you want a curvy border. You can use wood, big stones, or cut pipes, bricks, or used colorful wine bottles.
Hazardous Uneven Patio. Yes! This is a headache not only for the owner but also for your visitors and their kids. It might cause tripping and might cause leg or ankle problem. When you put bricks in your patio, make sure everything is even. To do this, you must even out and smoothen up the soil first. Get rid of the stones and then you can flatten down your soil. This might take a bit of your time but it will be worth it in the end. No more back job for you. If there’s missing part or broken part, use another brick or cement to replace t right away. No need to wait for someone to meet an accident just because of a broken or missing part.
Outdoor Shelves. You can choose between a hanging one or just build it and put it right there somewhere in the garden. If you have a worn out outdoor shelves, you can repair it and repaint it again. Your husband can help you out with it. For hanging outdoor shelves it’s ideal for plants in a pot. You can put them while waiting for them to be matured plants. Some outdoor shelves use crates and design them by either piling these crates up or permanently connect them together using nails. It depends on you what design you would like for your plant’s shelves.
Terrace Deck. Most of the uses wood panels for our terrace deck, but it develops algae due to cold weather, like winter. Our deck panels would get wet and this will result to be rotten easily and makes it slippery due to algae formation. And another hazardous threat for all of you. In planning for your garden design, make sure to consider how wooden things will last and what should you use to make it happen. The best time to repair your deck wood panels will be during a summer season. Make sure to use a waterproof seal or paint for the panels.
No to Boring Shed. No matter what the size of your shed is, don’t make it boring to look at. It is still part of your garden, right? Because this is where you put in your garden tools and chemicals. It makes your garden neat by keeping all of them in. The unfinished or old shed can be repaired. First, fix any issues of your shed. Cracked or missing panel? Then replace it. Like your terrace deck, make sure to use also waterproof paint seal and paint. Don’t just let it go bare, paint it with pastel colors (I like pastel colors for gardens). Or maybe you can put a design on your shed to make it extraordinary.
Big No-No to Weeds! For garden lovers, this is what we are always worried about. Stressful. It’s like we always pull them out every other day. They never go away, they always hunt us. It’s hard to keep our garden looking great with all these weeds. This is also a kind of maintenance we need to pay attention. But there are also plant products out there that will stop the weeds from coming back and its plant-friendly. Since weeds like growing up in gaps like between one brick to another in your patios. There’s also a product that would fill in the gaps between them. It’s hard and mess-free. It’s like a cement and lasts longer since it’s water resistant. It will be difficult for the moss and weeds to break-through this material.
These do-it-yourself gardens designing tips helped you a lot. These make take up half of your holiday break from work but it’s all worth it anyway. It saves you up from spending too much penny if you’re going to hire a professional landscape architect. If there isn’t too much work need to be done, and then do it yourself. Let your husband and kids be involved with this garden project, because it’s not only you who will love it, so as the entire family, too. This brings a family closer together, right? More family moments on holidays, yay! And you can even choose what to put and what should be going in the trash. But if everything in your garden is fully functional but not in style, then spice it up by modifying things and adding accessories and coating to expand its lifespan. But if you think it will cost much to save old things, better buy new materials for your garden. More ideas are also available over the internet; you can choose which one you prefer. They also sell cheaper online. These ideas will keep your garden looking great and will last longer. Products in maintaining your wood panels, shelves, and patios are available in the nearest hardware or plant stores you can find.
Is your holiday nearly coming? Then plan them out already. Check your garden sanctuary first what needs to be fixed, list them down. And jot down the materials needed to give your garden a new fabulous look! Don’t forget to share them online! We’d love to see how you beautified your own garden at home!