After heavy rains on the east coast and scorching heat in the west this year, many of our backyards are looking a little tired and drab.
This is especially true when it comes to our lawns that grow wildly abandoned or become patchy and sparse.
If you’re having that last problem, a DIY-obsessed mom may have the perfect solution.
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Jasmine Gurney came up with the easy and affordable edging project for her friend’s garden and shared the process in a video on her Instagram page @_ohabode.
“The edges of my friend’s garden lawn never grew due to the level of sand and cement around the fence areas. So before listing her house on the market, we decided to do a quick spruce with nothing more than a few Cypress goldcrest pyramids and a decorative stone!” she said in an Instagram post.
The border project only took Jasmine an hour and cost her less than $175.
To start the craft, Jasmine drew the borders that ran along the fence.
Then she lifted the soil with a shovel, and although she didn’t put down weed control fabric, she recommends it.
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Then it was time to dig holes for the plants. If you used weed control fabric, you will need to cut an X shape where you want to plant the shrub.
Once your plants are installed, you can pour the decorative stones of your choice on the border. Make sure you have enough to completely fill the space for the best effect.
Jasmine chose Cypress goldcrest pyramid plants for DIY.
“But of course you can use any plant you want, but keep in mind how big they will be in a few years, as they may need to be moved or pruned,” she said. .
Other options you might consider are kangaroo paw, buxus, and lilly pilly.
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The plants Jasmine bought cost $11.85 each, and the stones cost $131.68 in total after a 50% discount because the bags were torn.
“A cheap makeover to give the garden a bit more ‘put together’ look,” Jasmine said of the cost.
Jasmine’s followers had a lot to say about her DIY with lots of questions, comments, and compliments.
Some followers were concerned about how close the planted trees were to the fence, noting that they could get quite tall and tall.
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“Please reconsider the distance from the fencing, I made the same mistake, they have grown, in three years they are as tall as me and wider, which makes them lean forward now because there’s not enough room,” one person commented.
So if you try this DIY, you might want to consider increasing your border size and be careful with your plant selection.
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Others have pointed out that weed control fabric is a must for this project and that taking the time to do it now will save you or the future homeowner a lot of frustration.
“From experience, and as you say, the weed mat and some kind of border between the stones and the grass is a must, otherwise they go everywhere when you cut the grass!” a follower wrote.
“Our previous owners skipped the weed mat part and the weeds were unmanageable. We removed all the existing stones, put in fabric weed mats and new stones. That makes a huge difference and more weed control weekly during the summer months. Ain’t nobody had time to weed every week,” posted another.
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But some just liked the idea of adding a border and took it as inspiration for their own yards.
“How good! It would have taken me at least five hours. Impressed ! a woman wrote in the comments.
“I want to do something like this!” writes another.
If you’ve done your research on measuring plants and find a way to prevent weeds from growing, this DIY is definitely a good option for sprucing up a dull garden.
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