A garden hammock summer DIY project! This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All thoughts and photography are honest and my own and are not influenced by my sponsors. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this blog.
In this post I’m sharing something that I’ve always wanted to do at our home! We are sprucing up our outdoor space and just completed a garden hammock summer DIY project. I can’t wait to enjoy this space in the shade on those warm summer days, perhaps with a book in hand. The pups love it as well and it promises to be lots of fun!
Our large outdoor area has gone through changes in the many years that we’ve called this place home. Some subtle and some radical, especially when influenced by nature as in Hurricane Andrew. This was a powerful Category 5 storm that hit shortly after we moved in. Terrifying, to say the least but we bounced back and rebuilt our lives, home and garden.
While this DIY project doesn’t have the scope of some others that we’ve done, it has been on my radar for years. We have a large garden by Miami standards and there are many hidden nooks and crannies for design elements. We had a loose plan of where we were going to add this garden hammock and how we were planning on dressing up the landscaping. I’ve actually had the hammock for awhile and it was a gift!
With summer in South Florida, the only spot for flowers would be deep in the shade. We shopped at The Home Depot as we always do for our supplies.
Supplies For The Garden Hammock DIY Summer Project
- Pink periwinkle plants
- Potting soil for flowers
- Cedar Mulch
For an idea of where this summer DIY project was happening, the space would be created way at the back of our property in front of the coconut palms. Our yard is 3/4 acres, and we recently removed any landscaping close to the pool because of a mosquito problem. Had we known about the OFF!® 32 oz. Bug Control Backyard Pretreat, we might have given that a second thought. The product is a concentrate that you attach a hose to and spray around your backyard perimeter. It covers an area up to 16,000 sq. ft. It lasts on outdoor surfaces for up to 8 weeks. It’s a fact of life that we have to control our bugs in Miami and the product must dry completely before allowing children or pets into the treated area.
Where to hang it
There is pea gravel and mulch surrounded the wooded part of our back garden. With two palm trees being the perfect distance apart to hang a garden hammock, we put everything that we would need into our wheelbarrow and headed back to do some work.
How to spray it
It was such a hot day and thankfully we were mostly working in the shade! First up we sprayed the OFF!® 32 oz. Bug Control Backyard Pretreat into the bushes where the mosquitos like to hang out. Spraying is easy by simply attaching the container to the garden hose and directing it where you need to with a choice of spray or stream. The fan spray is for low lying plants, bushes and gardens, and the stream is for taller trees.
Then we took the long trek back to the house to grab some ice water and cool off for a bit. A summer DIY project can be a bit of a challenge when it’s so hot and at this point, I was waiting to relax in the outdoor hammock!
Planting the flowers
The periwinkle plants should last and flower all through the summer months with proper watering and rain. We have had these in our garden before and they require no maintenance on our part. The roots are shallow and we only needed a garden shovel and some fresh soil to plant. Once finished we added some additional cedar mulch to keep the moisture in the area. After planting perennials or annuals, always water them regularly for a few days. Our sprinkler system should do the job after that with a light mist.
We were discussing how to best hang the garden hammock on our palm trees. We wrapped some heavy-duty chain around the two palm trees. It’s nice and tight so it won’t slip or strip the bark off of the tree.
Hanging a garden hammock between two trees is not complicated and this seemed like the best way to us. Always test your outdoor hammock before laying in it to make sure that it’s secure.
Dreaming of sitting out here all summer long and enjoying the cool breeze under the palms. I love how the periwinkle plants give a little pop of color to the area for summer!
We were able to enjoy this area into the evening with mosquitos kept at bay and that’s a great feeling!
We just love our tropical garden and look forward to using this new space all summer long!
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