Big Impact Landscaping: 28 DIY Projects You Can Do on a Budget to Beautify and Add Value to Your Home

Big Impact Landscaping: 28 DIY Projects You Can Do on a Budget to Beautify and Add Value to Your Home

by Sara Bendrick

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ISBN-13: 9781624143397
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 566,504
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Sara Bendrick is a licensed landscape designer/contractor and host of the DIY Network’s I Hate My Yard! She has her own design and construction business, Sarita Landscape Design, based in San Diego, California. Sara has been featured in numerous magazines and media outlets and is a frequent guest speaker on home improvement shows, where she dishes out advice to DIYers and landscape enthusiasts alike. She is the cohost of an empowerment chat, #DIYCourage, with Brittany Bailey (aka @prettyhandygirl) to encourage and educate beginning DIYers. Sara is currently filming a new pilot for the DIY Network.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Section 1 Living La Vida Outside 10

Outdoor Living 11

Enhancing Property Value 11

Popular Outdoor Living Elements 12

Chapter 1 Outdoor Kitchens and Bars 13

Construction Options and Other Considerations 14

Options for Grill Units 16

Counters, Bars and Pizza Ovens 18

Quick Project: Create an Outdoor Dining Area 19

Project: Grill Counter Island 20

Project: Swinging Bar Shelf Wall 26

Chapter 2 Fire Features 32

Options for Bringing Fire to the Yard 33

Fuel Sources and Maintenance 33

Project: Fireplace Kit 34

Project: Natural Stone Fire Pit 40

Chapter 3 Water Features 44

Water Feature Options 45

Maintenance Considerations 45

Project: Disappearing Water Basin Fountain 46

Chapter 4 Overhead Structures 50

Pergolas versus Arbors versus Trellises 51

Building Considerations 52

Options for Building Materials 53

Project: Simple and Modern Overhead Structure 54

Chapter 5 Outdoor Games 59

Game Options for Social Gatherings 60

Project: Bocce Ball Court 61

Quick Project: Magnetic Bocce Court Cover 67

Project: Scoreboard Wall 68

Section 2 Stone, Lumber, Metal and Masonry, Oh My! 72

Cost, Longevity and Maintenance 73

Property Value and Material Choices 74

Chapter 6 Stone for Every Style of Yard 74

Overview of Stone 75

Using Stone in the Landscape 76

Project: Dry-Set Natural Garden Path 78

Project: Wet-Set Flagstone Patio on Grade 82

Quick Project: Set a Flagstone Patio on a Concrete Pad 84

Quick Project: Pebble Pathway 85

Project: Dry Creek Bed 86

Project: Pebble Mosaic Carpet 90

Chapter 7 Lumber for Every Project 96

Overview of Lumber 97

Using Lumber in the Landscape 99

Project: Fence Bench 102

Project: Panel Screening Wall 106

Chapter 8 Common Metals for Exterior Projects 110

Overview of Metal 111

Using Metal in the Landscape 112

Project: Decorative Patina Panel 114

Chapter 9 Masonry and Concrete Design options 120

Overview of Concrete 121

Using Masonry in the Landscape 123

Mortars and Grout 125

Project: Urbanite Retaining Wall 126

Section 3 Getting Mother Nature on Your Side 130

The Living Part of Your Yard 131

Landscape and Property Value 131

Chapter 10 Understanding Plants and Soil 132

Soil: Starting from the Ground Up 133

Overview of Soil 133

Using Soil in the Landscape 133

Project: Worm Composting Bin 135

Chapter 11 Planting with a Purpose 138

Overview of Planting 139

Using Plants in the Landscape 139

Planting for Color 140

Planting for Privacy 141

Fruit and Vegetable Gardens 142

Planting to Attract Bees, Birds and Butterflies 145

Project: Wheelbarrow Guacamole Garden 146

Chapter 12 Built Elements and Enhancing Features 150

Décor 151

Lighting 151

Project: Mosaic Potting Tabletop 153

Project: Vertical Garden Wall 158

Project: U-Shaped Vegetable Garden 162

Quick Project: Modern Concrete and Wood Bench 166

Project: Simple Garden Bridge 168

Chapter 13 Mulch, Lawn and Other Ground Covers 172

Mulch 173

Lawns 174

Vegetative Ground Covers 175

Project: Installing Sod and Curved Edging 176

Acknowledgments 180

About the Author 183

Index 184

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