Building a Fire Pit and Other DIY Landscaping Upgrade Ideas

Image: Susan Boroch from Oh My! Creative

They’re not essential landscaping elements, but these three upgrades add an appealing touch to your grounds – whether you have a back 40 or a small patch of heaven. 

Even better, they’re doable on your own.

A DIY Fire Pit

You’ll be roasting s’mores in no time with this quick and easy-to-build fire pit created by Annie at Stowed Stuff.

Fire pits, like barbecue grills, can be very dangerous so follow Annie’s lead and don’t build close to your house or trees. Use a kiddie pool as a stand-in to scope out the perfect spot.

To build the foundation:

  1. Dig a shallow trench.
  2. Layer it with gravel. 
  3. Cover it with sand. 
  4. Layer large stones around the perimeter, staggering the joints to create the fire pit’s wall.

See her step-by-step tutorial.

Annie’s tip: Don’t use river rocks. Wet rocks contain pockets of water. When heated, the water turns to steam causing the rocks to expand and — just possibly — explode.

A DIY Pond

What’s almost as nice as the calming gurgle of running water? The fact that you only need a day to create this lovely stone pond.

Susan Boroch, the blogger behind Oh My! Creative, created this water feature for under $450, besting the $4,000-$5,000 estimates she got from the pros!

Her costs and materials:

  • Stone: $117
  • Pond Supplies: $190 (including: pump, tubing, 50 gallon plastic form)
  • Plants: $134.50

Most of Susan’s time was spent placing the stones around the pond. She built the feature three times until she got the rocks and tubing for the waterfall just right. Afterward, she added decorative grasses as a finishing touch.

See Susan’s entire project.

A DIY Fence

DIY wood fence created by bloggerImage:

We might not have much digital privacy any more – thanks Internet, GPS, social media — but we can certainly create a retreat at home with a fence. Sean of Camp 1899 did just that, building a sturdy and sensible wood fence that will acquire a neat rustic look as it ages.

To make it, Sean had to first remove what was there originally, a dilapidated chain link fence cemented into the ground. It took a jackhammer and a lot of muscle to get the job done.

Afterward, he was able to anchor new posts and add the fence slats. You can see the entire process here.

Related: Even More Easy Landscaping Projects