Remodeling your landscaping can seem like a daunting task, especially for first-time homeowners. Do as much research as possible before you decide to expand or change the landscape around your house. Here are a few ideas and digging tips to get you started. And remember: Call 811 before you dig!
Concrete the base of your balcony.
When digging to install balcony posts, one way to ensure your supports remain intact is to dig with enough space to put the posts in the ground and fill in with concrete. This helps secure the base of your outdoor balcony.
Use a level to repair a leaning fence.
From the affected post where most of the leaning is occurring, go to the closest secure post. From there, dig in and make sure there is concrete holding that post together. If there is, hammer a level at a 45-degree angle between the wood and the concrete. You can screw it in with a few deck screws to ensure stability. After you have done that, go to the affected pole and dig 6 inches deep, pour concrete into the bottom and repair the leaning portion of the fence.
Guidelines for installing or building a hot tub in your backyard.
First, you will need to call 811 before you dig so we can send contractors out to mark off the gas lines. Whether you decide to build the hot tub yourself or hire a professional contractor, there needs to be a strong base to hold your tub. Remain mindful of where you or the contractor is digging to ensure nothing underground is accidentally disturbed.
Mulch your tree before and after digging.
Mulch is an essential part of planting a tree on your land. You will need to break up the soil and mix in the mulch before and after you have planted your tree. If you are planting multiple trees, make sure they are far enough away from each other and that you use the same or a similar type of mulch.
Use dry cement when laying brick.
Creating a new pathway for your front or back yard is a practical way to refresh your landscape. An easy method to do this is to use dry cement when laying your brick. First clear the path of grass and rocks, and then level the dirt. Lay down the brick or stone you want to use, and pour out the dry cement over the pathway design. Use a broom to even out the dry cement, and pour water to form the concrete.
We hope these tips inspire you on your next outdoor project. What are some of your own landscaping hints? Put your comments below!