As Spring approaches, it’s time to get thinking about those outdoor Spring projects. Spring is a great time to get some work done outdoors because it isn’t so hot that you’re killing yourself getting the work done and it isn’t so cold that your fingers are freezing. Plus, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer long! We like to look around this time of year to see where we want to focus our efforts. Two of our regular targets of consideration are the deck and the garden.
Our deck is approaching 20 years old and is way too small to do much with. We would love to tear it down and build a beautiful multi-level deck with wide steps that open into a patio area around our weeping willow. One of the big issues centers around the building material. Do we choose the cheaper wood or the low-maintenance composite decking? I love wood, but the maintenance (and the splinters) can be a pain. I have started leaning towards the composite material because the products have really begun to mimic wood while lessening the maintenance. The key issue is to make sure that your installer is qualified. Otherwise you can get some warping that is very unattractive.
Being on a budget and having a piece of property, a large vegetable garden is naturally high on our wish list. However, with young kids, work, school, etc, trying to weed a large garden can become a daunting task. So one of the projects that we are talking about dedicating some time to involves building a sort of garden retreat with raised beds. Setting up tables and chairs in a garden patio area would make it seem less like work and the raised beds would take the strain off of knees and back. Building the whole thing out of composite fencing would further limit maintenance and building the sections piece by piece can stretch the cost out a bit. A little extra work and expense up front really winds up paying for itself when you get back all of that fresh produce that costs so much at the supermarket.
For some other landscaping ideas check out HGTV!
Do you have any plans for Spring? Any big projects? Leave us a comment and let us know what you are up to!