Greenhouse in the backyard
Setting up a greenhouse? Then you’ll need to follow best practices for maximum performance. (DepositPhotos)

3. Build Flower Boxes or a Greenhouse

If you have basic carpentry skills and want to get creative, consider making your own flower boxes while social distancing. If you have children who like to paint, decorating the boxes can become a fun family project.

Building a greenhouse is a more involved procedure, but the result will dramatically increase your gardening capabilities and give you the chance to really put your green thumb to the test.

Worn out wood deck
Now is a great time to paint or stain your deck. (DepositPhotos)

4. Refresh Your Deck

A deck with peeling paint or faded wood isn’t just unsightly, it can give your home’s entire exterior a tired, wasted look and feel.

Fortunately, you can do something about that while social distancing!

A fresh coat of paint or a proper staining can transform your deck in a single afternoon, and the results will propel you to keep up the good work on the rest of the yard.

tree swing
A tree swing can add hours of relaxation and recreation to your family’s day. (DepositPhotos)

5. Build a Hammock or Swing

Once you’ve tackled a long day of yard work, you’ll want a nice place to relax and look over all that you’ve accomplished.

This is where a hammock or a swing comes in handy.

Both are available for purchase at the home center, but making your own can be fun (and more affordable). For a hammock, find an old blanket, some rope, and a couple of well-positioned trees, and then get to work. And here are tips for installing a tree swing.

Which projects are you tackling while social distancing? Let us know in the comments!

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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