Outdoor Living

coasters made from hosta stems

Tropical Placemat from Hosta Stems

After cutting off old hosta flower stems (also known as scapes), use them to make tropical placemats and coasters that are biodegradable and zero-waste! When we moved into our new house, we were overwhelmed with the amount of hosta plants that popped up across our property in the Spring. Not knowing much about hostas, I […] Read more…

Ground cover plants for lawn alternatives

Never Mow Again: Front Yard Lawn Alternatives

These no mow lawn alternatives are perfect for the front yard or where grass won’t grow. Did you know that grass is the biggest irrigated crop in the U.S.? And we can’t even eat it! That seems like a waste of water and resources. I like having a beautiful yard. However, all of the mowing, […] Read more…

Create a no-water yard

Create a No-Water Yard

Follow these easy steps to replace your ugly lawn with wood chips, and create a no-water yard. It will look great year round, with no maintenance required! Read more…

Concrete alternative gravel patio

Budget and Eco-Friendly Concrete Alternatives

If you want to create a beautiful patio or driveway, without the expense or environmental impact of concrete, try one of these concrete alternatives. I have researched multiple products, and even used one myself on my own DIY backyard makeover. Read more…

hanging porch swing

How to Make a Simple DIY Pergola

Follow this simple tutorial to make your own free-standing pergola for your patio.  With these easy DIY plans, you can turn your yard into a beautiful outdoor living space on a budget. Read more…