Have you been looking for some different landscaping ideas lately? I know we have in our home since summer is here in full force, but we generally like to find some things that are a bit different or outside the box.
Of course, everyone is planting bushes and trees and filling landscaped areas in with bark – wouldn’t you like to do something a little different? If you’re looking for some new or unique landscaping ideas then hopefully this list will get your creative juices flowing as to what you can do to fix up your yard this summer while also staying on a budget.
Take a look at the picture below. It’s a chair swing and it could really jazz up your back yard and for less than $20. That’s not too bad in my book!
The chair could easily be found at a yard sale for $5 (or less if you’re good at negotiating), and then all you would need is a single long board and some rope. First you remove the legs off from the chair, then cut your board in two and create a frame underneath. Finally, drill some holes and attach the rope to a tree branch above. Presto! You’ve got your chair swing for $10 or $15.
Plant Some Ornamental Kochia Scoparia Grass
I just recently stumbled upon this lately, but it can really bring your landscaping alive. In the summer time, the plants are typically green, but in the fall the bright colors will come out and turn your yard all sorts of different colors! If you’re looking for some colorful landscaping ideas this could potentially be the plant for you.
Create Your Own Wind Chime
Believe it or not, wind chimes are making a comeback, especially the creative DIY kind. If you have some old keys in the drawer that no longer fit into any of your key holes (we all end up with these keys somehow…), then why not create your very own wind chime?
Find yourself a nice stick from the back yard and get some yarn from the basement and you have everything you need to make the wind chime pictured below. If you have young children, this can also be a great way to involve them in a fun project around the house.
Make Tiki Torches Out of Old Wine Bottles
Many people buy tiki torches from the store at $15 or $20 a piece, but why spend the money when you can make your own for a fraction of the price? Plus, your DIY torches will likely jazz up your back yard much better than the store-bought variety.
All you have to do is find some torch rope (you can find these from your local outdoor store (such as Lowes or Home Depot), lantern fuel (likely kerosene), and an old empty (washed out of course) wine bottle, and you can create your very own tiki torch! Each torch should cost somewhere around $5 or less.
Glow in the Dark Planters Pots
Take a look at the photo below. I don’t know about you, but they look pretty darn creative to me. The great news is that they’re super simple. If you already have a yard like the one below, all you have to do is buy some glow in the dark paint, apply it to your pots, and you will have your very own glow in the dark pots every night! The nice thing is, they produce light at night so you don’t have to worry about lighting your yard if you are out in the yard with friends.
What are some landscaping ideas you’ve come up with? Have you ever DIY on landscaping, or do you prefer to go store bought? What’s your favorite way to spruce up your yard for the summer?
Photo courtesy of: Green Forest Landscaping