15 Gorgeous Fences for Your Garden

Be environmentally friendly and use recycled wood to make your garden fence. It doesn’t have to be gross wood that’s falling apart, though. You can find some really good wood in garden pallets and other sources.

A privacy hedge is a clever way to add a boundary to your wall without introducing any non-natural elements. You can use small hedges, tall trees, or any combination you’d like. Privacy hedges keep your yard green but also give you the border you want.

You can’t mention a garden fence without bringing up a picket fence. You could even go for the classic white picket fence. It’s up to you. But they all look great.

Bamboo is an interesting, fun, and really effective material to use for a garden fence. This doesn’t do much to keep out pests (unless you connect the bamboo posts), but it is a great decorative fence. Put the posts in at varying heights.

Wattle fences are super adorable. And they remind me of an English cottage from a Jane Austen novel or something. They vary in difficulty to make, depending on the type and complexity you want, so keep that in mind.

You could also just make a generically rustic fence. Get the right posts with the perfect amount of distress and then add some ivy or other vines. Before you know it, you’ll have a fence that looks like it’s been there for ages!

Wood and brick fences, in my opinion, are some of the cutest out there. They remind me of old, colonial America and how quaint everything was back then. You can use actual bricks or just a veneer. It’s up to you.

For a more modern feel, try corrugated metal panels. They can be placed vertically or horizontally, so keep that in mind. This provides a great combination of natural and urban for a fun and unique yard.

I feel like I’ve started seeing a lot of these fence types around my neighborhood and city. Gabion walls use metal cages that are filled with some sort of material. I like river rocks or other stone because they look the best.

Get creative and use old window shutters or doors to make a fence for your garden. Distress the texture a bit to give it that worn-down look that really adds to the garden. I particularly like the pop of color and style these can add to a garden.

Make this really cool and modern steel fence. As with some of the other styles, it doesn’t keep everything out, but the design is phenomenal. This curved layout helps accentuate the best parts of the metal, I think.

Vinyl fences are a lot like picket fences, but they’re much easier to maintain. They last longer in bad weather and don’t require as much upkeep while still giving you that quaint charm you want.

Why not use some concrete to make a garden fence? It’s easy enough to do, and the concrete can accentuate the natural elements of the garden. This could be a great option for you.

This boundary is made out of Massachusetts Goshen stone. It’s beautiful, fits great together, and blends seamlessly with the garden or yard. It may require a bit more time and money than other projects, but I think it’s worth it.

Wire mesh is a simple yet effective solution if you want a garden fence. If you want one to keep out animals, then this is your answer. It takes less than a day to put up and it will protect your plants.

9 Ingenious Ways to Hide Your House’s Ugly Foundation

A super easy way to cover up your house’s foundation, and which may not require any extra money on your part, is to paint it. If you’ve recently painted your house, then just use the leftover paint to paint your foundation. If you do this well enough, the foundation may blend right in. If not, just choose a color that complements the color of your home.

Stone panels are a fancy and classy way to cover up the foundation. You can choose from quite a few different types, but they all look good. These stone panels look really nice and they don’t look like you’re just trying to hide your foundation; they act as a nice decorative piece to the exterior of your home.

One of my favorite ways to cover up an ugly foundation is by using flowers. Not only is the foundation hidden behind them, but the flowers add color and fragrance to your home and yard. And if you choose flowers the go well with the color of your house, even better!

If flowers are too colorful or too much work for you, you can still cover up the foundation with bushes. These usually don’t require as much work and maintenance, and they’re often taller too. Hiding really big and ugly foundations is pretty easy with bushes.

Add some stucco to your foundation to give it a bit more of a polished look. You’ll still be able to tell it’s the foundation to your home, but it won’t have that rundown, urban feel that most foundations do. Just remember, never power wash stucco, it can remove it.

I bet when you first looked at this, you couldn’t even tell there was a foundation. That’s because you can match the foundation to look like the rest of your house. This is especially easy of you have wooden runners or beams that you can simply extend.

A veneer is a common way to cover up a home’s foundation. It’s pretty cheap, looks good, and easy enough to apply. You can also choose from quite a variety of veneers, which makes this option even better.

For a more natural way to cover up your foundation, try using gravel or other stones. Your foundation can only be a few inches, at most, for this to work best, but it shouldn’t be a problem.

Lattice paneling is a common and beautiful way to cover up a home’s foundation. If you have a large exposed foundation, then this may be the choice for you. Simple white latticework is the best, I think, but you can do what you like the most.

15 Incredible Ways to Update Your Yard This Summer

Both kids and adults love playing or just sitting on a swing in the yard. You can make a swing out of pretty much anything you have. You could use a tire, an old kitchen chair, or even just a sturdy plastic ring. Hang the swing from a tree and people will use it.

You can’t have a great summer experience in your backyard without some fantastic lighting. Whether its string lights from the ceiling, wrapped lights around your trees, or tiki torches, backyard lighting is a must. Try a few different styles out (and mix and match if you want), until you find the perfect fit.

Build some sort of lawn game for you and your guests to enjoy this summer. You could do a full-on bowling alley in your yard or you could go for something smaller like giant Jenga. These activities will bring people to your yard and give them something fun to do.

Water features are some of my favorite things to have in a backyard. After a long and difficult day of work, I like to come home and just relax in the yard. The water feature adds great white noise as well as helps me calm down.

If you have a small backyard, add some mirrors to the fences. The mirrors will reflect the light and the yard, making your space look bigger than it actually is. This is a great trick to make a cramped yard feel much more open.

If you really want to entertain guests in your backyard, get a mini bar or bar cart! This saves you time by not having to go inside for drinks all the time, and it makes the backyard more fun. Plus, if it’s a cart, then you can just roll it over to you!

You can’t truly enjoy your backyard without some really nice backyard patio furniture. Get rid of those old and cheap plastic lawn chairs, and get something with a bit more umph. You’ll be more comfortable, your guests will want to stay longer, and you’ll just have a much better time in the backyard this summer.

Along with furniture, I highly suggest a fireplace or fire pit for your backyard. There’s just something about a fire pit that makes a backyard feel much more cozy and isolated. And you could even roasts marshmallows over the fire, which the kids (and adults) will love.

Spruce up your yard by hanging some artwork on the fences and walls. There’s no rule that says fences have to be ugly and boring. Choose some nature-resistant art that can hang up and that matches the rest of the décor in your patio.

Add some plants and other greenery to your patio. This will help the yard and the porch blend more seamlessly into one another, giving a much more tranquil and relaxed environment. You could even grow herbs on the patio for your cooking.

I love the idea of curling up with a nice book and reading out in the sunlight. An arbor bench is a great way to do this. They’re not too difficult to build, and they provide a fun and cozy reprise whenever you want to get away from the chaos of inside your home.

If you have a tiled porch, give this a try. Paint a few tiles fun and eccentric colors. Not all of them, but just a few. The colors add a touch of excitement and personality to the yard, which is always a plus.

Put up some sort of birdfeeder in your backyard. It adds decoration as well as brings the birds to the yard. You’ll love seeing hummingbirds and other cute birds flying up to your patio. It’s so relaxing!

If you have a pool, build your own towel rack to keep towels organized. I hate when my kids just throw their towels on the ground, so this has been a huge help. I just made one out of PVC pipe and it works great.

For those of you who like to garden, build a potting bench somewhere in your yard. These are nice because they give you a place to work on your plants without having to be bent over in the garden all the time. Trust me, you’ll love your potting bench right away.

10 Helpful Hints to Get the Greenest Grass

If you’re completely redoing your lawn, then the best way to get the greenest lawn is by choosing the right type of seed. Do some research on your climate and what type of grass grows best there. A little bit of foresight beforehand can save you a lot of hard work down the road and can give you a lawn that’s super green with minimal effort.

You should also consider getting your soil tested, especially if it consistently has problems staying green. It’s very possible the problem is the soil, not you (which should be comforting). Test your soil’s pH levels as well as elements such as phosphorous and nitrogen.

Don’t be afraid (or ashamed) to use fertilizers and other supplements for your lawn. They can do a lot of the hard work for you and keep your lawn green and healthy. Again, do some research into what types of supplements your lawn is most likely to need (getting professional help, if needed), and then make the changes.

Weeding is a chore that you need to do frequently and consistently instead of an all-at-once type of thing. Pluck out weeds and crabgrass before they get too far. This will save you time down the road because it will prevent the weeds from spreading and taking over your lawn. It also keeps your lawn looking great.

Water your lawn in the morning, especially if you just laid down the new seed. By watering in the morning, the water is less likely to evaporate, meaning it will actually penetrate the soil and go into the roots. The temperature is cooler and the sun isn’t as strong, so the water stays on the lawn for longer.

Speaking of watering, you should also get in the habit of watering fewer times but for longer instead of more often but for less time. The schedule of less frequent but longer allows the water to actually be absorbed by the grass.

Brown spots on your lawn can actually be the result of grubs and not just lack of watering. If you’re suspicious that lawn grubs are killing your grass, just buy some milky spore and spread the granules over the dead spots. The grubs should die with this repeated treatment, and the grass should return to green!

Most experts say you should cut your grass the day after you water it. This serves multiple purposes, but it allows the blades to absorb more water and then the follow-up cut keeps the tips from browning. This won’t make or break your lawn, but it can be a nice addition to your other lawn care habits.

Before mowing, make sure the blade is sharp. If it’s dull, it can rip the grass up instead of cleanly cutting it. This will result in damaged blades that don’t grow or absorb water well, which can brown your lawn overtime. Most people say you should sharpen your mower blades after about 10 hours of combine work.

During the summer and other hot seasons, it’s a good idea to keep your grass at about 3 to 3 ½ inches in length. It’s okay to be shorter during the winter, but you want this length in the summer. Not only does it provide shade that kills weed seeds, but it also lets water absorb into the soil before the sun evaporates it. These all result in a greener and healthier lawn.

10 Genius Ways to Get Rid of Flies Forever

This dish soap solution is a pretty common one that works for most flies. Add about one inch of liquid dish soap to a jar and one inch of water. If you can, use fruit flavored dish soap, as that is more effective. The flies will be attracted to the soap and get caught in the water.

Apple cider vinegar also works well as a fly trap. Place the vinegar in a jar and then place a paper funnel over the top of the jar. The scent attracts flies who go down the funnel but can’t get back out. They’ll eventually get tired and drown in the cider.

Cayenne pepper can also deter flies. Mix a bit with some water in a spray bottle. Spray areas around your house like windows, doors, and other entryways. The strong smell from the cayenne pepper helps prevent flies from entering your home.

Make a type of fly-repellent potpourri that can be placed indoors or outdoors. Combine eucalyptus, bay leaves, cloves and clover blossoms. Place the contents in a bag and hang it up wherever flies tend to congregate. The smell will get rid of them pretty quickly.

If you want to take a fun and kind of extreme approach, plant some carnivorous plants around your yard! Plants like the Venus flytrap or sundew are actually really pretty while also killing and eating flies that may be around your home. You can also get potted ones for the inside of your home.

If you want to repel but not kill flies, here’s an idea. Cover strips of ribbon or cloth in several drops of eucalyptus oil. Flies don’t like the smell of this oil. Hang up the strips near doors or windows, and flies won’t go near there.

I just recently heard of this idea, and I think it’s worth try. Especially since it doesn’t take much work or material. Hang a plastic bag half-filled with water or some old CDs and DVDs up around your home and yard. The light reflects off of them and makes flies think they’re spider webs. This causes them to avoid those areas because they don’t want to get eaten!

There are a lot of plants you can keep around your home in order to repel flies. For example, grow some lavender, mint, or basil on your patio. Flies don’t like these herbs, so they’ll stay away. Keep them on the windowsill, for example, to deter flies.To repel flies in outside areas, burn citronella candles. This has a two-fold effect. Flies hate smoke, so candles and torches are great for that. They also don’t like citronella, so the smell and the smoke from your citronella candles will deter flies and other pests.

Someone once told me that flies are really attracted to wine. Who knew? But if you place bowls of wine around the yard, flies will come to them and eventually drown. Just make sure your guests don’t go drinking that wine!

15 of the Best Groundcovers for Your Yard and Garden

Thyme. This is a groundcover that’s hard to beat. It emits a pleasant aroma and it comes in pink or white. The colors are beautiful. Plant it in full sun with well-drained soil.

Creeping Junipers. This is one of the best groundcovers for sunny hillsides. The bush-like plant grows low to the ground, and it grows fast. It can provide the cover you need on your hill without wasting much time.

Brass Buttons. Add this groundcover to areas where there will be lots of foot traffic but you want something besides grass. Brass Buttons are really tough, so they can survive if they’re walked on. They also add nice texture to the garden or yard.

Labrador Violet. Oh my, the colors on this plant are breath-taking. Want to know what’s even better? It’s a super hardy plant, so you don’t have to do much to take care of it. Beautiful and low-maintenance: sounds like my kind of plant!

Willow. I like willow because it’s simple and the leaves look so plump and attractive. There are a few shoots of flowers, but the overall plant is just nice and simple. This is good if you’re going for an elegant design.

Yellow Alyssium. Both the leaves and the flowers are gorgeous on this plant. The flowers are a bright pop of yellow when in blue. And the leaves are a blue-gray that still dazzle even when the plant isn’t flowering. That makes it great for a year-round groundcover.

Sweet Wodruff. I can’t emphasize how much I like a good-smelling yard or home. That’s why I’m obsessed with this groundcover. When it gets stepped on or crushed, it smells like freshly mown hay. Can’t beat that!

Geraniums. If you’re like my sister and pretty much kill any plant you work with, geraniums are for you. They grow pretty much anywhere and don’t require much maintenance. The flowers are an astounding color, which is great.

Snow-in-summer. This plant looks exactly as you would think: as if a flurry of snow has just kicked up in the summer heat. The vibrant white flowers spill and flow wherever they’re planting, looking like a giant pile of snow.

Golden Moneywort. If you want to break up all that green, then plant this groundcover. Just remember that it spreads quickly, so watch it and prune when necessary. Golden moneywort can add a sense of class and dignity to nearly any garden or yard.

Bunchberries.  Isn’t that about the cutest name you’ve ever heard? The plant is also adorable. The flowers are a stark white against the green leaves. And in fall, small red berries pop up to make it even better!

Leadwort. I can’t get over how much I love this groundcover. It’s pretty much gorgeous any time of the year. The flowers are a deep blue when in season. The leaves are bronze or dark green. And the foliage turns an amazing scarlet red in the fall.

Scotch Moss. If you want that quaint country feel, then this is the perfect groundcover. The moss gives that remote and isolated feel. It’s ideal for places where other plants won’t grow, like between rocks and stepping stones.

Ajuga. Isn’t that a fun name to say? Almost as fun as the plant itself. Ajuga adds some great splashes of purple, white, or periwinkle to your yard. The flowers also grow in fun shapes to add texture and depth.

Epimedium. Use this groundcover for spots that are in the shade and don’t get much water. Epimedium can survive in places where most other groundcovers and plants would just die. Because of that, and because of its gorgeous colors, Epimedium is a must.

12 Plants that Give the Most Bang for Your Buck

Celosia. Here’s a plant perfect for adding texture to your garden. It also comes in many different sizes and shapes. For example, you can get the round celosia, or you could try the thin arrow-shaped celosia.

Snapdragons. My favorite thing about snapdragons is the variety of colors they come in. You could only plant snapdragons in your garden, and you’d still get a rainbow of color. Of course, they look best with other flowers, but snapdragons are a garden must-have!

Lavender. If you know me, then you know I love lavender. I can’t get enough of it. I think it’s an amazing plant that gives great bang for your buck because you can use it so many ways. It freshens up the garden, it can be used in cooking and medicine, and it adds a great touch of color to the yard.

Bee Balm. Also known as monarda, this plant is great if you want to bring pollinators to your yard. It spreads pretty well, so make sure you keep it under control. Other than that, you shouldn’t have any problems!

Amaranth. To get a flower that’s unique as its name, plant some amaranths. You can buy them from the nursery at a good cost, or you can plant from a seed for nearly no money. Amaranth has an amazing shape and color, so it’ll add wonders to your garden.

Black-Eyed Susan. This is a simple and elegant flower. One of the reasons it’s so good is because it can survive in really poor soil and dry climates.

Hyacinth. If you need a plant for a tight spot, this is your flower. Hyacinth looks amazing in small patches (I think it’s the way the flowers fold over), and the colors will astound all of your guests. Planter boxes, window boxes, or any confined space are a great choice.

Zinnia. This is one of the best flowers if you want a low-maintenance plant. The return on investment is huge. They’re incredibly easy to grow, and the bright colors will blow you away.

Yaupon Holly. Although not very common, this is a great plant for tougher climates. It’s very drought-resistant, so it won’t die if that’s a concern. It can also get up to 15 feet tall, and I’d say that’s quite a bang for your buck!

Morning Glory. Honestly, this is one of my favorite plants. It grows so well and easy that my grandpa considers it a weed! You almost have to do zero work to have these beautiful blossoms appear in your yard.

Daylily. This is one of the better plants for lining your garden. They add simple but bright colors and create a great border. They also come in a rainbow of colors, so you’ll never run out of choices.

Clethra. There are so many great things about this plant that make it worth the price. First and foremost, the smell is amazing! You’ll love it in your yard. It also attracts bees and butterflies, which means more pollination in your garden. I also love the look of the plant.

11 Gorgeous DIY Backyard Steps

These tiles steps are some of the most beautiful DIY steps I’ve seen. I love the border, I love the colors, and I love how well they’re set into the yard. I also think it’s cute how they’re detached from one another but still work as a whole.

Cinderblocks are probably one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get a set of stairs in your backyard. I will say, they’re not the cutest, but they get the job done. You can add some foliage and small stones in between the gaps and whatnot to make it better though. Overall, this is a good idea, but you’ll have to put in a bit more work to get it looking really beautiful.

Here’s a project that kills two birds with one stone: a retaining wall and step combo. It can help shape your yard a bit, and it also uses the same materials to get steps to the lower portion. It definitely requires some time and work, but it’s worth it. Especially for a steep yard.

If you want a set of rustic steps, look no further than this beauty. The rocks look natural, as if Mother Nature herself made these steps. Don’t go too overboard with the details; the rougher it looks, the better.

This boardwalk-style set of steps is great for a yard that gets lots of traffic. If you entertain guests frequently or just like to spend time in your backyard, then I highly suggest this project. It looks good, is durable, and allows you lots of space, if needed.

Get a combination of larger stones and smaller gravel. Make sure they complement each other in texture and color. This may seem like a strange combination (so much rock!) but it actually looks great.

If that’s just too much stone for you, then do a wood and stone combination. Generally, people make the border of the step from wood and fill it with gravel or small rocks. The contrast between the two materials actually works really well together.

Brick is a classic and elegant material to make steps with. The red works so well with the grass and other foliage you have. Also, brick in the yard, to me, reminds me of my childhood and makes me feel happy and at peace.

Aren’t these patterned steps just absolutely darling? I love how they aren’t the same exact pattern, but they’re similar enough to create an exciting theme. This is a way to both get practicality out of stairs while adding some artistic touch to your yard.

Tiered steps are a good idea for yards that get steep quickly. The tiers support one another and give you the necessary walking space without feeling too crammed or taking up too much space. You can choose a vast variety of materials for tiered steps.

These mosaic style steps remind me of the Spanish or Italian countryside for some reason. I don’t know why. But I love them! The color and texture they add really makes the whole yard pop with personality.

15 Beautiful Hanging Planter Ideas

Although this project may take a bit of skill, I think it’s a beautiful hanging planter. The plants in the lightbulbs all hanging at different levels are such a unique look. I like to use coarse rope or thin string; I think either goes really well with this look.

An old chandelier repurposed to be a hanging planter is a great idea. It has all the spots for individual plants, and it’s instantly ready to be hung up. You can paint the chandelier, too, if needed.

I love this rustic look. I think it can make a boring patio look really nice and quaint. The pails can be stacked above one another, or you can hang them side by side. There are quite a few different ways to arrange these planters.

Upcycle your empty wine bottles by turning them into hanging planters. Peel off any ugly labels, and the wine bottles can actually look really nice. A few different but solid colors look really good together.

My husband and I love decorating with bird cages around our house. They also work great as hanging planters. You can put long, dangling vines in the bird cages to get a really cute look.

Tin cans are a simple but effective way to incorporate some hanging planters into your yard or patio. Paint them for a more unique and creative look.

I didn’t really think I would like this idea, but a tire hanging planter is surprisingly super cute! Obviously, I think you should paint it, so it’s not a big, ugly tire hanging around. But a light and fun color looks nice.

These lace-and-jar planters are a pretty classy addition. They’re simple, but they look amazing. I love how the dark soil can so nicely contrast with the green plants. And the lace adds that texture that takes it to a whole new level.

These small wooden boxes are some of the cutest hanging planters that I’ve seen. You can easily make them, or you can try a different type of wooden box. There are endless ideas for your planter boxes!

When I first saw fish bowl hanging planters, I just instantly fell in love with them. It’s such a unique yet clever way to decorate. And, they’re so functional! I love how the glass turns them into a fancy little terrarium.

Take some of your old shoes and boots and use them as hanging planters. Choose colorful ones that still look cute but just aren’t wearable. You can hang them by string or attach them to a board.

Attach some terra cotta pots together to turn a classic planter into a hanging one! You can even paint the lip of the pot or the base for a personalized touch. Choose different sizes and shapes to impress your guests.

Cut some plastic bottles and use the bases for your hanging planters. Paint them, and they won’t even look like plastic bottles. I guarantee you’ll be surprised at how fantastic these turn out.

Build or buy a whole sign that has a hanging planter attached to it. What a fun way to greet your guests and decorate your yard and home. Choose flowers that complement the material and color of the sign.

This DIY bird nest hanging planter is stunning. I thought it was a real bird nest when I first saw it. The combination such natural and rustic elements makes it an amazing hanging planter.

13 Creative Ways to Grow an Herb Garden

For ease and mobility, grow herbs in separate planters. You can put them on an outside table, your windowsill, or anywhere else you like. This setup allows you to easily rearrange things and best care for each herb without disturbing the rest.

A window box is one of the most popular and easiest ways to grow herbs. It usually gets all the rain and sunlight it needs, and you have easy access from the kitchen. Just reach through the window and pluck the herbs you need!

This Mason jar wall mount idea is fantastic. You can put it inside or outside (depending on the herbs you want to grow), and it looks great either way. Label the jars so you know what’s what.

This spiral shaped herb garden adds an extra layer of fun to your yard or garden. It acts as a decoration while also getting you the herbs you want. The spiral shape also makes it easier to plant and pluck since you don’t have to step around the other plants.

A wall of plastic bottles may sound crazy, but it works mighty well. Cut a chunk of the bottle out and add the soil and seeds. Water as needed, and the herbs should grow right in. You can easily pluck the herbs you need whenever you decide to cook.

Tin cans are another wall-mounted herb garden idea that works well. The separate cans keep the herbs neat and organized and allow you to better keep track of them. This looks best outside, but you can put it wherever works best for you.

An herb ladder is such an effective herb garden idea because it uses up vertical space that would otherwise go unused. Grow a different herb or two on each level. Watch all levels to make sure they’re getting enough water and attention.

This may take a bit of carpentry skill, but it’s nothing you can’t do! A chicken wire wall-mount maximizes your vertical space while minimizing ground space. The pots can each hang off the chicken wire, just make sure it’s strong enough. If done right, you can get over a dozen herbs growing on this contraption.

A shoe organizer works really well as an herb garden, actually. Who would have thought? You just want to get a solid one so that the soil and water are retained. You’ll want to play around with this idea, because you’ll probably have to tweak it for your own customization.

Stack some cinderblocks together to get a quick and easy herb garden. The herbs and soil fit right into the space between the cinderblocks. You can paint and decorate the blocks, too, if you want to make it more fun.

This bench box is such a work of art! It’s space-aware, looks great, and grows plenty of herbs. Plus, it can be placed right by the kitchen, so that’s nice.

These wooden vertical boards are as much practical as they are decorative. I love how the herb garden becomes a work of art for your home or yard. It doesn’t hurt that you also get free herbs for meals!

Build some sort of tiered construction, like this one made from metal bins. You can do this with terra cotta pots or any other stackable material. The end result is great, and it grows the herbs quite well.