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Spring DIY: 5 Tips on Making Your Garden Magical

Spring DIY: 5 Tips on Making Your Garden Magical

If you have always admired other people’s gardens and have found yourself wanting to create your own piece of paradise (but somehow you never had enough money to do so), perhaps it’s time to stop waiting for the perfect moment and do something about it – with minimal investment.

People let their time go by them, waiting for the perfect moment. The truth is that it will never come unless you create it on your own. Handy or not, new to DIY or a real pro, you should stop waiting. Roll up your sleeves and take things into your own two hands.

The projects I have listed below mostly require your time and effort – but in the end, you’ll know that you crafted it all by yourself and you will enjoy every magical inch of your victory.

1. Lay Down a Nice Base

Cleaning is in order – I know this doesn’t sound very magical, but doing any kind of work in a messy environment will only require more work later. What you need is a blank canvas so that you can create your very own art from scratch.

If you have any bigger plans for the future, like changing and resizing your garden or building a pool, you should be clearing space in preperation. You don’t want to start a project that gets in the way of other projects you have going; this will only limit space and resources, and you can end up with a great big mess.

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If your garden has any overgrown plants and an overall wild appearance, get to that first – all you need are garden gloves and any kind of saw. The next step is dealing with uneven parts of the ground – a nice shovel will do the trick.

While conducting heavy work, you’ll be able to identify if any pest issues. Naturally, they need to be gone before you even start creating your paradise, so pay attention to nasty roaches and other small beasts that can easily cause you nightmares.

2. Placing Stone Paths

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    When you’re done with cleaning, it’s time to sketch out and design your garden. Before you even start planting grass, you should create different sections by creating pathways. The least expensive way to do so is by placing stones. Your options are limitless, really – your paths can consist of same-sized cubes, large or small, or you can make it fun by building it out of stones in different shapes and sizes.

    The greatest thing about this idea is that stones are very simple to come by. Make a day out of it – invite your friends and family to a picnic and have them help you with your stone-finding quest.

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    3. Plant Flowers

    There’s no such thing as a magical garden without flowers – we can all agree on that. A majority of people who are complete strangers to botany consider taking care of flowers to be a full time job and a difficult task – which is not true! Although flowers do need care (which you will love doing, by the way), it’s not like having a baby.

    If the soil isn’t nutritious enough, you should enrich it by adding fertilizers. This is a matter you should take to your local florist – I’m sure they will be more than happy to help out.

    The planting process is rather simple – find flower seeds that will comfortably grow in your climate. My suggestion is to get resilient ones for starters.

    Put on your garden gloves. Make sure to mark those areas you plan on working in by using ropes or small stones so they don’t get stepped on. The rest is simple – create evenly distant holes, about three inches deep, and carefully place the seeds. The only thing left is to water them according to the instructions.

    4. Craft Your Furniture

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      It’s not necessary to get the latest garden furniture in order to make it look magical – on the contrary. You’d be surprised with what you can do with just some sandpaper and paint.

      For starters, visit your attic (or basement) and see if you have any pieces of furniture that you’ve forgotten about. Visit your neighbors and offer them a symbolic amount of cash for the pieces they don’t use. Gather them all outside and see what you can do with them – creating a furniture set where all pieces are from different sets usually turns out to be a great idea.

      Now, get those gloves back on and wash the pieces thoroughly. Remove the old paint by using rough sandpaper – this may take a while but it’s a stress relieving action that is simultaneously a great exercise. Now, you can introduce some order to your new furniture by coating all the pieces using the same color (if you have any OCD issues, this is what I recommend). Or, you could create a playful garden by painting them all differently – it’s your choice!

      5. Introduce Magical Lighting

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        It’s time for another trip to your attic/basement and, this time, we’re looking for Christmas decorations, lights and old lamps in particular. Even if you don’t have any, getting them when it’s nowhere near holiday season will turn out to be a cheap investment.

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        This is where your creativity should kick in – wrapping these lights around your trees, using a glue gun to create a flower or a heart or any kind of shape on your fence or coming up with another way to liven up your garden will all have the same result – a magical garden. A fresh layer of paint on old lamps will give them a completely new look and, once again, it’s up to you to do whether you want.

        You have an idea of how your garden will look like, don’t you? I’m sure you now see that you don’t need an exterior decorator or expensive materials to create your piece of heaven right in your backyard – all you need is to be willing, to invest your time and to be persistent. Enjoying it when you’re done is worth absolutely every second you’ve spent working on it, believe me.

        Featured photo credit: https://pixabay.com/en/users/Alexas_Fotos-686414/ via pixabay.com

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        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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