Starting a project in your backyard can be intimidating when it is something you have not done before. I have been working on projects in my back yard for 30 years, and in that time I have learned a few things.
A few years ago, I made a rock garden all around my home. I love to collect rocks and I needed a place to show them. I started out cleaning all plants and roots out of the area. Then I covered the area with a mesh gardening cloth. It was the right stuff to use, but I did not overlap the cloth enough and now weeds grow through the cracks between the sheets of cloth. Next time I do a mesh cloth, I am going to make sure that the cloth edges are overlapping a foot.
I planted some bushes on the corners of my house. I thought that I had planted them plenty far away from my home. Some of the bushes started growing too close to the house almost right away. Next time I will plant the bushes at least 8 feet from my home.
A retaining wall holds soil in place at one point around my home. I had help making a nice four foot retaining wall that I have been happy with for 15 years. This year it has started to move forward and soon it will fall if I don’t repair it. I will need to take down all the blocks remove the soil pushing against the wall and put the bricks back up. I really do not know what I could have done different. Maybe retaining walls have a time limit?
Part of our deck has a hot tub sitting on it. That deck worked fine for awhile and then it started to sink down on one side. It was not sinking fast so we had plenty of time to fix it. We drained the hot tub and removed it from the deck. Then we needed to make the deck stronger for the weight of the hot tub. It was a lot of unnecessary work to do. If we had done it right the first time with plenty of cement blocks under the frost line we would have saved a lot of work.
DIY projects are fun and you can save money but I have learned that before you do it research and learn the right way to do it first.