Starting small with your outdoor project will eliminate the “oh no, what have we done?” feeling that comes with biting off more change than you may be able to chew. Here are a few outdoor “start small” projects that are easily expandable, now or later:
Mulch is a girl’s (or guy’s) best friend – simple, easy, and cost-efficient, it is fantastic for creating walkways through high-trafficked areas of the yard, or as a topping for your current path. For more definition, add some bricks to the borders of the area you’re working on.
- Flower beds
Do you already have flowers? You might consider adding some new mulch for some pizazz (and to make your flowers happy).
If you’re just starting out and aren’t sure, find out what tends to grow well here in San Antonio. Need help? We can point you in the right direction with our local master gardeners.
By starting small, you can play the “no-green-thumb-required” card and have a much better chance of success. A large garden can quickly become overwhelming and will cause gardening to lose all its therapeutic appeal. By carving out a small space, you can easily add some compost and soil and start your herbs or veggies.
Do Your Research
Once you have an idea of your small project, do a little research on the following:
- Price the mulch. If you need a lot, you can save big by buying bulk. For a small area, buying per bag will be more efficient
- Shop around for bricks, soil, and any other materials that you might want to add to the yard
- Look into the types of flowers, seeds, and/or herbs you might like
If you’re intimidated by the process, now is a perfect time to make a New Year’s resolution and go for it!