Simple DIY Handyman Projects for Your Summer Garden

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Most DIY handymen spend a long winter looking through garden catalogues and the entire spring bringing outdoor spaces to life, while the summer is finally the time you get to actually enjoy the fruits of all handy work. Whether you use your garden as your private spot for relaxation, a playground for children, or the neighbourhood party venue, it is always refreshing to add various small to not-so-small home improvements that let you, your family, and your guests enjoy the warm summer days and breezy evenings. Here I’ve set up a list of simple handyman DIY projects every garden could really use in the hot summer months.

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1 Installing Patio Lighting Fixtures Is Simple and Handy!
What better time to illuminate your patio or decking than summer? If you're missing out on the bliss of al fresco dining on long summer evenings just because you think installing outdoor lighting fixtures will involve digging deep trenches and elaborate electric installations, think twice! There are many different ways for the DIY handyman to bring light to your garden as a do-it-yourself project. Fiber optic lighting, which is easy and safe to install, is one example. For this type of lighting, all you have to do is install flexible cables under your decking or patio and make holes for the small emitters, which glow with a soft light and thus create the elegant atmosphere of a starry floor. What's best, there’s no electricity or heat conducted, so the cables and lights are safe in all weather conditions. Now, how handier can you get!

2 Revamp Your Fence
One of the easiest ways to make a statement and give your garden a new look for the summer season is to spruce up your fence. For your own creative fence project, you don't even have to hire a professional handyman to install new slabs. If you have children around, especially at an age when they're learning to read, you can add chalkboard among the slabs and let them spell out or draw their excitement of an unforgettable summer. You can also make a boring white picket fence stand out by painting each section a vivid colour and let your house be known as the “house with the rainbow fence.” That's a cool and handy way to make your guests and even passersby smile on a scorching day, isn't it? If you are not that into colour, painting, and decorating, why not add some metallic shine to your vanilla wooden fence? Place corrugated iron sheets between the sections or add cut-out copper sheets onto them to create an interesting pattern and give off some shimmering summer vibes. It's summer and your fence deserves a tan, too. Stand out as a skillful and enthusiastic neighborhood DIY handyman. It’s always trendy!.

3 Build Your Own DIY Trellis!
Trellises are the go-to option for any garden, even the smallest backyards and potagers. Requiring very little ground space and minimum handyman skills, trellises can support both decorative and edible plants, plus they're great for dividing outdoor spaces and screening some areas you are not particularly proud to show. Trellises can be installed as free-standing structures, atop fences for extra privacy, or onto walls to conceal worn out brickwork or any other problem areas. Dress them up in pretty blooming vines, grow your organic tomatoes on them, or hang planters from them for more versatility. The choice is all yours, and so is the installation. Setting up a trellis is a job any DIY handyman can tackle in just a weekend!

4 Build Your DIY Summer Swing
Whether you suspend it from a tree or tie it to your front porch, a swing is the perfect spot to enjoy a book, sip a cool drink, or engage in shoulder-to-shoulder conversations on warm summer evenings and days. With just basic materials at hand, such as wooden boards, rope, or a chain, you can build one in just a weekend. Or, you could use old pallets to make a swing bed. Imagine lounging on a lazy afternoon in your own bed amid greenery and under blue skies. Summer is meant for swings!

5 Build a Handy Garden Pathway
A coquettish paver pathway will tie together your landscape, giving it the elegance and Zen feel of a true Japanese garden. It also helps small gardens look more expansive, dividing the space into separate “rooms.” And it will help you tend to your plants. Mark the place for the path, depending on whether you want it to run straight or curvy. Measure the area and calculate the amount of paver base you will need – consider that you will have to cover the area with about 4 inches of paver base. Next, add the leveling sand – usually, about one inch will suffice. Don't forget to level out the surface before proceeding to the next step. Settle the pavers, making sure they are placed into exact locations. Allow enough distance between them. Finish by spreading some of the remaining sand over the area of the path. Fill the spaces between the pavers with pebbles or gravel. Choose different colours to make your path stand out or blend into your landscape.

 

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