Winter Project Suggestions

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When it gets too cold to work in the lawn and garden and you think there is nothing left to do, think again – there are always winter projects that can be done to improve your lawn and garden enjoyment when spring comes back around. Today, we’ll take a look at some basic projects you can tackle – we’ll go into bigger, more in-depth projects in future posts.

With some of these projects, all you’ll need is a little bit of workspace in your shed, garage, or basement. Most of them are simple and easy, and require little investment as far as equipment goes. They don’t require a high level of skill, either, so whether you are handy or not, you should be able to tackle some of them.

Get Yourself a Workbench

Oddly enough, there are a lot of folks out there still going without one of these. We can’t stress enough just how useful a workbench is, and how anyone who enjoys DIY lawn and garden activities should have one. It’s storage space and a work area. It’s a back saver – no more bending over or kneeling down to work on things, you can lift them up to a convenient level. Build your own (you can find some ideas here) or, if you aren’t confident in your woodworking skills, any large or small hardware store should have some on display. Talk to the staff about your needs and uses, they should be able to point you in a good direction.

Recondition Your Outdoor Furniture

This is a project you’ll need some room for. Also, if you don’t have a properly-ventilated work space, or you’re working in your basement, you’ll have to delay the second part of this until spring. The first step is to pull all of your outdoor furniture in and clean it up – sand away rust, replace broken slats in wooden furniture, remove and replace rusted or missing screws and nails.

The second part, where you’ll need some ventilation, is when you’ll want to repaint or re-stain the furniture. Without proper ventilation, you would run the risk of making yourself, and others, very ill. It can even be fatal in some cases. So never use the stain or varnish without good airflow. It also needs to be a temperature-stable workshop – latex paint will not adhere and cure properly at lower temperatures, and you will have paint failure later on.

Build Something

Yes, this is a fairly open-ended project. But we’re sure there is something you need for your lawn and garden that you could be building or putting together over the winter.

cold frame

Cold frame for your garden

If you have a garden, some tomato frames would be good, or you could even put together a cold frame like those seen at left. A cold frame will allow you to extend your growing season into the fall for the next year and, depending on how well you build it and your climate, could even possibly be used year-round. It’s like a greenhouse for folks who don’t have enough room. Simple guidelines for a project like this can be found all over the internet, and the materials aren’t that expensive – in fact, they can often be built from reclaimed materials that you may even be able to find for free.

Or you could build a birdhouse, bird feeder, or other attraction to bring the animals around. A project like this is, again, easy to do and can be built cheaply or even freely. If you have an issue with squirrels going after your bird feeders, consider building a separate squirrel feeder for them.

Pinterest Projects

Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas for lawn and garden projects, many of which can be prepped over the winter. Check out Pinterest boards such as DIY Garden and Lawn Projects, or Garden, Patio, and Yard Projects for inspiration.

Putting work into projects now, when you can’t get outside to enjoy your lawn and garden, can help create more time for you to spend in the garden enjoying it when the weather breaks in the spring. So put together some projects and get to work!

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