DIY Projects to Give Your Garden Dimension

Pam Penick, Penick Landscape Design

Paths and patios

  • Prep work is the key to a successful, long-lasting installation
  • Excavate sufficiently: 5-6 inches
  • Make paths wider than you think you’ll need: 4 to 6 feet for front path
  • Spread 2-3 inches of road base and tamp it down to make a good foundation for your stone or pavers
  • Use at least 2-inch thick stone. Thinner stone tends to shift and pop up over time
  • Make sure the paving is level as you go along
  • Consider adding an inset design to spice up the design

Trellis Screen made of T-posts & cattle panel

  • Screen an unpleasant view
  • Create a garden room
  • Adds vertical element to a flat garden
  • Cattle panel is flexible, so wall can be curved
  • You can grow a pretty vine on it
  • T-posts mean no concrete mixing required
  • Non-permanent in case you have to remove it later

Stock-tank ponds

  • Inexpensive compared to custom pond
  • No digging or liner required
  • No pump required
  • Easy to set up: choose a flat spot, spread decomposed granite or granite sand, tamp it well and make sure it’s level.
  • Placement: make it a part of your garden rather than just plunking it down in the middle of the lawn. Site it in a garden bed with paving or a patio in front so visitors can enjoy it. Or make it a central feature with paving around it.

Peek-a-Boo Gates

  • Enticement
  • A hint of special things to come
  • Frame a view: a focal-point plant, art, etc. Thinking of views and framing them gives a special touch to your garden and makes exploring it more delightful.
  • Easy to alter a typical, plain privacy-fence gate: cut out a window with a handsaw