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 Table, Pergola and Hanging Pocket Garden

Outdoor Dining Area With Wood Pergola and Vertical Garden

A vertical hanging pocket garden surrounds a pergola-shaded outdoor dining area in this backyard. A variety of hanging glass pendant lamps are sophisticated additions to the rustic, weathered-wood terrace.

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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

Mason Jar Lantern

Create Glass Lanterns for the Backyard

Add pizzazz to a summer patio with hanging lanterns. Suspended from shepherd's hooks, these easy, inexpensive candleholders will add sparkle to the garden by day and illuminate a pathway by night.

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

Trash Can Planters

Trash Can Container Garden

Container Garden in Galvanized Metal Trash Cans

Add portable green space to your patio using galvanized metal trash cans and casters. You'll need: metal trash cans, empty 2-liter plastic bottles, casters, screws, nuts, drill, drill bit, potting soil, plants of various sizes and habits (tall, short and cascading), pressure-treated lumber, tape measure, marker and gardening gloves.

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

Stepping stones

Landscaped Stone Walkway

Square tile stepping stones create a pathway in a bed of gravel rock. Red mulch accents a flower bed to the right.

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

Painted Garden Stones

Kids' Craft: Bejeweled Plant Marker

Basil Plants With Decorative Stone Marker

Transform an ordinary rock into a colorful work of art that labels your plants and accents a garden bed.

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

Outdoor Patio With Rustic Furniture and Bright Pink Rug

Rustic Patio with Wood Chairs and Natural Log Table

The fuchsia rug contrasts beautifully with the natural wood furniture on this backyard patio.

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

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