Before summer comes to an end, you can still set up some inexpensive and fun projects to make sure your home looks great for remainder of the year.
Mulch or ground cover under trees
Large trees in your yard can be beautiful and they often provide wonderful shade during the heat of summer. However, sometimes that shade near the base of the tree is just too much for grass or plants to handle, creating unsightly bare spots.
If this has happened over the summer, consider encircling your tree(s) with an attractive natural border by placing mulch or shade-tolerant plants around them to cover the bare dirt. Aside from looking attractive, mulch helps keep the moisture in and the weeds out. And, if you really want to be creative, use inexpensive paving stones, bricks or large rocks as a border for a more dramatic effect.
Planter boxes for the Fall
Window boxes are a great way to freshen up your home and autumn is the perfect time. Head to your local hardware store for some lumber to construct your planter boxes or pick up a premade version that fits your windows and matches the style of your home. Some of the best plants and flowers for a fall display include Mums, Pansies, Asters and Ornamental Cabbage and Kale as well as various grasses.
Begin by placing a plastic liner in the window box, fill with potting soil and add the largest flower as the focal point. Next, you can get creative with various textures by using the ornamental grasses and vegetables. Fill in any gaps with extra soil and be sure to water. When you are ready to change your décor, simply lift out the plastic liner and transition to the next season or holiday.
Water gardens or patio ponds just for fun
If you are feeling really adventurous, add a quaint water feature like a water garden or small patio pond to your landscape. Water gardens do not require filtration when filled with aquatic plants and they are fairly cheap to construct, often coming in kits. Most kits include a small plastic container or even a plastic liner that is placed into the ground to contain the water, and many come with a small submersible water pump that can add a charming gurgle or serve as a fountain for the water garden.
Patio pond kits are similar and most are designed for small spaces. Goldfish and small Koi can be added along with a rock border to hold/support the liner or merely serve as decoration, and these ponds, too, can be constructed at minimal cost. Add a pump or submersible water filter to keep the water from becoming stagnant and these ponds are often self-maintaining (though occasional cleaning may become necessary if the water gets cloudy from failing debris.)
Tackle one of these simple projects then sit back and enjoy your artistry!