7 Ways to Use What You Already Have to Get Your Yard Summer-Ready

Prep your yard for summer days outside with our almost-free ideas.

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Vertical Garden

Outdoor Dining Area With Wood Pergola and Vertical Garden

Outdoor Dining Area With Wood Pergola and Vertical Garden

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Hang an edible garden using pocket mesh shoe organizers for added privacy and easy access to your favorite herbs.

Mason Jar Lanterns

Create Glass Lanterns for the Backyard

Create Glass Lanterns for the Backyard

Illuminate your outdoor space by placing tea light candles in Mason jars. Hang them with shepherd's hooks.

Trash Can Planters

Container Garden in Galvanized Metal Trash Cans

Container Garden in Galvanized Metal Trash Cans

Combine your love of container gardening and upcycling by using trash cans to create planters on the cheap. Drill a few small holes in the bottom of galvanized buckets for drainage or make portable planters from galvanized metal trash cans.

Gravel Pathway

Japanese Style Screen with Rolled Bamboo Base

Japanese Style Screen with Rolled Bamboo Base

Photo by: DK - Small Garden © 2004 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Small Garden , 2004 Dorling Kindersley Limited

If you don't have a pathway to your backyard, lay board pulled from shipping pallets down and surround them with small gravel.

Painted Garden Stones

Basil Plants With Decorative Stone Marker

Basil Plants With Decorative Stone Marker

Get the kids to help with this fun DIY! Make garden stones from rocks in your own garden. Label them with crayons or paint, and embellish by hot gluing pebble vase fillers.

Tree Stump Table

Rustic Patio with Wood Chairs and Natural Log Table

Rustic Patio with Wood Chairs and Natural Log Table

A tree stump is an easy addition that will bring rustic flair to your outdoor space. The best party? You may just have the supplies in the backyard. Attach casters to the bottom for easy mobility. 

Turn Anything Into a Planter

Antique Dresser Turned Cottage Chic Garden Planter

Antique Dresser Turned Cottage Chic Garden Planter

Photo by: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Almost any un-loved item in your home — from an old vase to a tired dresser — can become an outdoor planter. Here, this chest-of-drawers has been reinvented as a vertical herb garden. 

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Build a Stacked Stone Fireplace

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Create a Painted Canvas Area Rug

Make Your Own Wash Tub Planters

Create a Simple Pathway

Lay a Stone Patio This Weekend

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