With the Coronavirus causing us to “shelter in place”, it’s very easy to go stir crazy staring at the same four walls. However, your backyard is not off limits! We have complied some ways for you to get fresh air, vitamin D, and out of the house with these fun and simple DIY projects.
Pull weeds/edge your lawn
Admittedly, this task was not appealing pre-Covid, but now, we will do just about anything to get outside! Turn this task into a bit of an exercise routine but pulling out your yoga mat and incorporating some moves to stretch out that cooped up body.
By the time you are done, you have a solid foundation for your next set of projects, as well as relaxed and fluid muscles.
PRO TIP: Lay some stones around your flower beds and walkways to highlight all of your hard work. You can even paint the stones in fun colors and exciting patterns using stencils. This would also be a good time to get the kids involved!
Sow seedlings and bulbs
If you are already a gardening expert it’s time to transfer your seedlings to pots and plant your water-forced bulbs you have probably been tending to during the winter months.
If you have yet to try your hand at gardening, do not fear. You can start by going outside and see what is already blooming. Clip a piece off and bring it back inside to propagate it indoors.
DIY: To propagate a cutting, you will first need a 4 to 5-inch-long stem that has been cut just below a leaf. Remove all but two to three leaves at the top. Dip the cut end into a rooting hormone to stimulate growth. This can be purchased at your local garden store, but honey may also be a substitute, as well as many other household items. Depending on the plant you are propagating, you will then need to research if it is to be placed in soil or water next.
Organize your tools
Your tool shed or workbench is bound to be due for some TLC. Start purging by posting unwanted items on the Facebook marketplace or donate them to a community garden group.
After doing so, give them a good scrub with a water and vinegar mixture to remove dirt and rust. Store them on a pegboard or similar feature to keep them in tip top shape.
Light it up!
Who says backyards are only to be enjoyed during the daytime? Update your scarce night-time lighting by planting posts into oversized planters and hanging up string lights on them.
You can also clamp solar lights onto your fencing for an added “wow” factor.
With Florida seeing a dry spell at the moment, you may not be able to actively use your fire pits for the time being. However, installing one is easier than you may think, and will come in handy for when the weather calls for it.
Fun for all ages
And finally, just because you are quarantined does not mean you have to stay at home. Break out the old camping gear and take the family on a trip, to the backyard! Bonus points if you have a projector that you can use to play movies, drive-in style. If not, here is a DIY that uses items you most likely have on hand!