If you’re like many people, you consider yourself moderately handy when it comes to outdoor tasks – but even if you’re not, here are three outdoor projects you can try this summer.

3 Outdoor Projects to Try This Summer to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space

Whether you’re working from home or you’re taking some much-needed R&R for yourself, check out these three outdoor projects you can do in just a day. They’ll improve your landscaping and help you enjoy your outdoor living space even more:

  1. Plant a butterfly garden
  2. Build a fire pit
  3. Create a “victory garden”

Here’s how to do each.

Summer Outdoor Project - How to Plant a Butterfly Garden

Summer Outdoor Project #1: Plant a Butterfly Garden

Butterfly gardens attract important pollinators to the area, and in Arizona, we have plenty. The right garden can be the perfect place for butterflies to lay eggs and thrive, so you’ll have a wonderful line of guests outdoors while the weather’s nice enough for them. It takes about an hour to get a moderate-size butterfly garden started, and then you’ll have to water it frequently. You need:

  • Gardening shovel
  • Gardening gloves
  • Seeds
  • Container pots if you’re choosing potted flowers

Check out this butterfly garden tutorial to get yours in the ground.

Summer Outdoor Project - How to Build a Fire Pit

Summer Outdoor Project #2: Build a Fire Pit

Building a fire pit is a great project that you can knock out in about an hour – and that means it’s the perfect choice for a Sunday afternoon when there isn’t much going on. The hardest part? Lifting all the heavy supplies. If you can do that, you’re in luck. Get yourself some:

  • Sand
  • Gravel, pea stone or lava rock
  • Retaining wall stones

Check out this DIY tutorial to get started.

Summer Outdoor Project - How to Plant a Victory Garden

Summer Outdoor Project #3: Create a Victory Garden

Named for World War II-era gardens, a victory garden is a great day project. You don’t even need anything fancy – just:

  • A shovel or trowel
  • Gardening gloves
  • A gardening fork
  • Watering can or hose
  • Seeds or starter plants
  • Stakes or cages to support vegetables

Check out this victory garden tutorial for planting in the desert.

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