No matter how complete and close to perfection a garden might be, there’s always something to do that’ll make things just that little bit better. Being able to make them better yourself is something that’s immensely rewarding, and for this reason DIY is among the most popular of all national pastimes.
There are some jobs which require a professional hand. But there are others which you can do just as well yourself – with a little research and practice. Not only can you save money through DIY – you can improve yourself, and have a great deal of fun, too.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the DIY projects that might consume your time this summer.
Install some decking
If you’re the sort of person who likes to spend a lot of time out in the garden during summer (perhaps overseeing a barbeque or two in the process) then quality decking can make a big difference to your experience – and that of your guests.
You’ll be able to buy a range of different decking solutions from any timber merchant in North Wales. Buy the timber around a week before you intend to put it to use – this will help it to get to temperature, and prevent it from changing shape after you’ve gotten it installed.
As with all structures of this sort, you’ll need to plan extensively before you get going. If you’re building basic decking, then you should be able to get by with only modest carpentry skills. If you’re looking to build raised decking, however, then you’ll need to be a little more advanced.
Upgrade your fencing
This winter has proven an especially mild one, with North Wales having borne the brunt of a series of severe storms. Rainfall has been heavy, and winds have been high. Though it’s the big, dramatic destruction which has captured the public’s attention, much of the structural damage suffered during this period has been suffered by small, wooden garden fences.
Fences like this are especially vulnerable during high winds. They’re lightweight, and have a large surface area that’s prone to catching high winds, just as a sail might. This places a lot of strain on the point where the fence is attached to the ground, via wooden posts that anchor it to the soil.
There are a few steps one might take to improve the situation, short of replacing the fence entirely. Improve drainage around the fence by laying a gravel trench, so that rainwater can fall quickly downward, away from the wood. Swap out your wooden fencing posts for concrete ones, which will be much better able to withstand even the windiest conditions.
You might alternatively install new timber posts, but make sure they’re properly supported. This job requires that you dig a series of holes and fill them with cement – which will help to protect the wood from soil-bound moisture. This will involve mixing cement and filling holes – but that’s the very sort of labour that DIY is all about! If you’re a little strapped for time – or just want it done without too much hassle, you might opt instead for a ready-made post support. Either solution can be found in any shop selling fencing supplies in North Wales.
Install some automation
The world of hobby electronics has come a long way in the last decade. Thanks to small, inexpensive devices like the Arduino, hobbyists have been able to come up with bespoke devices to match the needs of their garden. These hobbyists have all been busily sharing their work online, and thus communities of like-minded tinkerers have formed.
There’s never been a better time, then, to start one of those projects yourself. Do you want to track the acidity of your soil, and the humidity of the air? With the right programming knowledge and circuitry, you can make it happen. As with all DIY projects, it’s important to start with something achievable – build your way up to something elaborate. Videos like this one might provide the inspiration you need to get going – though much of the advice offered is for an American audience, the principles of electricity are universal, and Arduino is an Italian company!
If you’ve got a mind that’s more suited to engineering and electronics than it is to literally getting your hands dirty, then an electronics project might just be just the thing for you. If you’ve got kids, then this can be a project you can get them involved with, too.