6 Garden DIY Projects Ideas To Try While You’re Social Distancing

During these difficult times, it can be stifling to be stuck indoors so much of the time. For those of us lucky enough to have garden space, it is truly satisfying and relaxing to get to work in the garden, enjoy some sun and feel a great sense of satisfaction when you complete a project.

We’ve put together this list for those of you hoping to get out there and turn your hand to a garden DIY project, whether you’re a complete novice or you’re an old hand looking for a new challenge.

To make things easier, we’ve put them in order of difficulty below.

Neaten up your flower beds with some wooden edging

If you’ve been out in the garden and have weeded everything in sight, you may now be wondering how you can take things up a notch. Popping in wooden edging around your flower beds helps create some visual boundary lines which helps neaten up an outdoor space. They’re straightforward to install too – you can get straight edging boards with attached posts or wire backed log rolls that you can use to create curved edges. 

You can also use this type of edging to build a raised flower bed, or if you fancy a challenge, you can create a more professional raised bed using decorative sleepers.

Break up a paved or decked space with garden planters

If you have a paved or decked space outdoors, although it’s much easier to maintain than a lawn, it can also feel a bit soulless when there’s no plant life around. A great way to breathe life back into your garden is to build a garden planter. You can add herbs or your favourite flowers – or even a mixture of both.

Our favourites are this herb wheel and this corner planter, which are both very easy to build. If you can handle flat-pack furniture, these will be a doddle!

Bring a new lease of life to your fence with a change of colour

A fence often feels like it blurs into the background of your garden, but you can make some serious visual impact by painting or restaining your fence. There are always the classic wood shade stains you can go for, but if you’re feeling bold, a pop of colour might just make all the difference in your garden.

Just like in a room, lighter colours can help make your garden feel bigger and more open – you might want to try a very light grey, green or blue, depending on what works best with the colour of your home and plant life.

Greys have certainly seen a surge in popularity in recent years; you can find some of our favourite paints that work well for both outbuildings and fences here.

Get a year-round “perfect lawn” look with artificial grass

Artificial grass has grown in popularity in the past few years as it’s technology has advanced from old rubbery AstroTurf to a grass that often looks more beautiful than the real thing!

Artificial grass comes in a huge range of colours and styles and offers one huge benefit – no more mowing the lawn (find out more about the benefits of an artificial lawn here and how to choose the right type here).

It’s also much easier than you might think to install. Be prepared to put in a good amount of elbow grease in the ground preparation, and remember depending on the size of your lawn it could take a fair number of days to complete, but it’s not a difficult project and it is an extremely rewarding one once it’s complete!

You can find some great deals on artificial grass right here.

Create an eye-catching feature with a garden structure

If you have a nice garden, but you can’t escape the feeling that something’s missing, you’re likely in need of a garden ‘feature’. A garden feature draws eyes to a focal point and creates “interest” in your space.

We particularly like garden structures as features – they’re low maintenance and can be an impactful addition to your garden. Arbours, arches and pergolas create shaded areas of retreat in your garden, along with providing the perfect support for vining plants such as wisteria, roses or sweetpeas. They also make great additions to garden walkways.

Our favourites are this chunky village walkway pergola and this stunning free-standing flower circle.

These can be a little trickier to install than the previously mentioned projects, as it does take a bit of work to make sure the structure is supported correctly but if you’re keen to have a go don’t forget there are free instructions on our site and we have an online chat service if you have any questions about installation – we’re here to help you make it happen!

Build the ultimate outdoor entertainment space with a new patio or deck

If you’re looking for a big garden project that you can really throw yourself into, we’d recommend creating the ultimate outdoor entertainment space with a new patio or deck.

Like artificial grass, a patio or deck reduces the time you need to spend on maintenance so you can spend more time doing what you enjoy most in your garden – whether that’s relaxing in the sun, having a bbq or hot-tubbing in the great outdoors. 

Building a deck may even be easier than you first thought; you can buy decking boards individually if you prefer, but you can also now get decking kits with everything premeasured or decking tiles which slot together similar to laminate flooring!

If you are hoping to go for an Indian stone patio we can also help with installation tips online.

We’re up and running as normal to serve you

Luckily we have a great supply and fast delivery service for all of our products during this tough time, so if you are looking for garden supplies for your next project and want to order online to avoid going into a store in person, we’re here to help.

We even have samples available of artificial grass, decking and Indian stone paving that you can have delivered so you can see your options at home before making a big purchase.

What projects have you been trying out in your garden?

We’d love to hear which projects you’ve been trying out in your garden; please let us know in the comments below.

If you want a great price on your garden project materials make sure you check out our latest offers on eDecks.

We also want to remind you we offer plenty of support and expert advice for most garden projects so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

PLEASE NOTE: Prices were all correct at time of writing, current pricing available at eDecks.co.uk

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

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