Garden Makeover

5 Materials
1 Hour

It's nice to finally see the warm weather arrive, I say that with a bit of sarcasm because it is June 23rd and a balmy 14 degrees Celsius! Not your typical summer weather here in Ontario. None the less my deck and garden around it were in desperate need of a makeover. At least I can say I didn't sweat doing this project. I sanded my deck and restrained it, and added lattice around the bottom as it
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Here is what I started out with. Pretty ugly right? I stained using Cabot Cordovan Brown semi transparent stain. Then added my lattice around the bottom.
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Looks better already! Now to deal with the ties. First step is to remove them.
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Once removed you are going to use these blocks. They are called concrete planter blocks. Notice they have slats cut out on all four sides this enables you to add your boards and add onto your garden. It also has a hole in the top so you can add blocks and secure with a metal rod. I purchased these at Home Depot for under $5.00 each and I used 4.
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Place blocks where you want them to go, I had to notch out some of my lawn to keep in line where the existing ties were.
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I had stained my boards using the same stain as my deck. They are 2×6×8. Measure the length and cut.
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Slide into place, continue the same process, adding your blocks , measuring boards, cutting and sliding in.
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This is it completed. I love how it looks and was so easy to do.
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This is the top of the block, you can leave it, if I didn't already have solar lights I would have added them to the holes. Since I did I had a different idea to finish it off.
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I went to Restore and found these 8×8 tiles for 25 cents each and placed them on top of each block. You can also finish off using wood laying onto top of blocks going from one block to the other.
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Add flowers and enjoy!
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I am so pleased with the way this turned out. Now to redo that rocking chair.......
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  • Pat7253697
    on Jun 25, 2018

    I would like to try your idea for a planter. I checked HomeDepot Canada and they do not have the concrete planter blocks. Please tell me which Home Depot you purchased them at, as HomeTalk says you are in Ontario, too. Thank you. Pat

    • Donna Berry
      on Jul 1, 2018

      Hi Pat. My store doesn't have them either. However, you can order them on line. and home depot will ship to your store for free! Hope this helps!

  • Dmb
    on Jun 25, 2018

    love this , have to check for the cinder blocks -did you use treated wood?

  • Amy Farmer
    on Jul 5, 2018

    Your garden area is beautiful! I'm just curious to know if you use landscaping fabric under your mulch? This is my first year to have flower beds and a garden area.

    • Melanie
      on Jul 6, 2018

      Yes after years of pulling weeds I finally realized where they were coming from. A visit to my garden center and talking to the staff they informed me to look for weed free soil. Also was told using a mushroom compost in soil will prevent weeds.

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