5 Fun Family Yard Projects for Labor Day

August 28, 2015

5 Fun Family Yard Projects for Labor Day

As a homeowner, a three-day weekend represents the opportunity to tackle outdoor home-improvement projects. But that doesn’t mean you and your family have to forego fun in favor of productivity. This Labor Day Weekend, why not try combining family time with work time by involving the whole family in a series of enjoyable jobs to help beautify and improve your yard?

To help you get started, here are five ideas for fun yard projects that your family can enjoy:

1. Get Pruning

In general, extensive tree pruning is best done in early spring, but small pruning projects can easily be managed at any time of year. In fact, the end of summer can be a wonderful time for pruning trees, as the cooler weather and decreasing bug populations make the task more enjoyable. Best of all, it’s a job that lends itself to the participation of multiple people: Dad can prune the larger branches, the kids can prune the smaller ones, and everyone can participate in cleaning up and disposing of the pruned branches.

2. Build a Fire Pit

There’s nothing better than grilling hot dogs on Labor Day weekend — unless, of course, you’re grilling them over a wood fire in your yard! A fire pit can be a great addition to any yard, enabling your family to enjoy both delicious grilled dinners and the crackling sound of a campfire as afternoon drifts into evening. You can build a fire pit out of stone or concrete, or you can keep things simple and use a pre-built steel fire pit.

3. Paint and Repair Lawn Furniture

While painting the house may be a task beyond the scope of a three-day weekend, there are a few smaller artistic projects you can complete in an afternoon. Maybe you have a couple of old chairs with peeling paint, or maybe you have a picnic table that’s seen better days. With a few willing hands and a gallon of paint, you can update your tired-out lawn furniture with a fresh new look.

4. Plant a Tree

Late summer can be an excellent time to plant trees, and this is definitely a project that can involve the entire family. Between deciding what kind of tree to plant, choosing the best location in your yard, and planting the tree in the ground, there will be plenty of ways to engage everyone in the project. Best of all, you will be making a long-lasting improvement to your yard, adding some greenery and beauty that will last for years to come! My family likes to plant fruit trees in honor of family members, or to commemorate important occasions like golden anniversaries. It makes people feel special and loved.

5. Get Out the Adirondack Chairs

With the autumn sun setting earlier, but the nights still warm and clear, it’s the ideal season for watching meteor showers. If you’re into woodworking, take some strain off your neck and have some fun by building a few Adirondack chairs that can be used for relaxing during the day and observing the sky at night. No meteor showers coming up? Grab a handy pair of binoculars and take turns observing the moon and planets from the comfort of your homemade Adirondack chair.


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