Building a Privacy Fence DIY

Building a Privacy Fence DIY | Style & the SuburbsAfter being bullied the last few years by some crabby neighbors, I decided to finally take my yard back and build a privacy fence. I picked 6 foot tall panels that would look nice and do the trick to create more privacy in my yard.

We started the project by finding the property lines. In my city, there are metal pins in each corner of the lot. We easily found one, but it look a lot of measuring to figure out where the other ones were and they ended up being buried almost 18″ underground. You can find your lot dimensions in your tax records (or online) to help guide you as to where the lot lines should be.

After finding the corners of the lot, we ran a string from corner to corner to mark a straight line for the fence to follow. I decided where I wanted to fence to begin, and we dug a hole for the first post.

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How to Care for Hydrangeas


If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ll know how much I love hydrangeas. My yard was full of white hydrangeas when I bought my house, but I wanted to add more color when I redid the landscaping last year.

I found beautiful blue hydrangea plants at my local plant store and planted them in front of my house. In order to turn the blooms blue, you need to add a soil acidifier to water and pour it on the plants. I do this a couple times in the spring before the plants bloom. Sometimes the leaves start to turn brown, so I give them a little more throughout the summer.

The blue hydrangeas are also very temperature and water sensitive and wilt when it gets too dry or hot (don’t we all?). The front of my house gets a lot of sun so I have to water them almost every day in the summer. It’s interesting that one of the plants is more shaded and had grown bigger and more blue than the one directly in the sun.

Over the freezing Minnesota winter, I covered the plants in leaves and burlap and they survived just fine. The plants have come back double the size this year.

I recently added a pink/purple hydrangea to my garden and can’t wait to see what the color turns out to be!


DIY Outdoor Flower Boxes

One of the final details of my shed construction project from last year was to add flower boxes under the windows. You can’t have the cutest shed in the neighborhood without flower boxes. I had a lot of lumber scraps left over from building the shed, and was able to reuse pieces I had laying around, making the total cost of this project free.

Here’s how I did it:

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