5 Summer Weekend Projects for Your House

backyard-vegetable-gardenHere we bring you 5 summer weekend projects that will enhance your yard, beautify your exterior, and give everyone in the family something exciting to do.

Grow Fruits and Vegetables

You don’t need a backyard farm to enjoy the tangy flavor of just-picked blueberries or the juicy sweetness of vine-ripened tomatoes still warm from the sun. Strategize right, and you can grow a lot of food in a tiny space, even in full view of your neighbors.

Hang Exterior Shutters

Studded with hammered-iron hardware and a bright coat of paint, shutters will dress up the front of your house and add to its curb appeal. You’ll get relief from the summer heat as well as a barrier against strong storm winds.

Put Landscape Lighting on Your Front Walkway

Enhance the nighttime curb appeal of your home—and add a measure of safety and security—with low-voltage landscape lighting. Target has been selling $2 solar walkway lights for a while. They charge during the day and turn on at nights. Install these fixtures along walkways and driveways, or illuminate steps, trees, stonewalls, fences and other prominent landscape features.

Give the Garden a Pretty Arbor

A well-placed arbor is your garden’s ultimate multitasker: It can serve as an entryway to an outdoor spot; frame a focal point, like a flowering shrub or garden shed; and, of course, take your beloved climbers to new heights. Whether left unfinished or given a coat of paint, you’ll love how this piece adds personality to your outdoor space.

Add a Sitting Wall

Add a little taste of New England to your landscape by marking off your patios and flower beds with a border that doubles as a place to sit down and relax. Using cast concrete blocks made to look like stone is makes this landscape feature much easier to build.