One of the most wonderful things about living in California is that it’s much easier to be outside year round. That doesn’t mean that it’s always warm and sunny here, of course, but it does mean that if you want to get out and do a bit of work in the yard, it’s a lot easier here than it is in, say, Colorado.

What does yard work have to do with Phase I Environmental Studies, you ask? As we noted in a previous blog, in doing research into how different pieces of land have been used in the past, we’ve worked with pretty much everyone from the banking industry to small businesses to investors to agricultural operations. We’ve also worked with plenty of real estate professionals and even future homeowners, and it’s the last group that inspires today’s post.

In our first blog about landscaping tips, we shared ideas about seating, outside water hoses, and lighting. In today’s post, we’d like to take it a step further to share even more great DIY landscaping tips. If that sounds up your alley, keep reading to learn more!

Try Your Hand at Landscaping

Grow Your Own Food

In a day and age when pretty much everything is available quickly and easily, growing your own food can seem like a bit of a novelty. While that might indeed be the case, the truth is that there’s something special about being able to get your hands dirty. Whether it’s potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, or even just some herbs on a windowsill, growing your own food is a fun experience. There’s nothing quite like being able to step outside, grab the fruits and veggies you grew yourself, and step back inside to enjoy them.

Build Some Planter Boxes

What better place to grow some food than in your very own planter boxes? This being a DIY landscaping post and all, why not consider building those planter boxes yourself? A quick trip to your local home center will provide you with the lumber and supplies you need to get started.

Be sure to do a quick search on your search engine of choice to find a design that suits your particular style. Planter boxes come together quickly and easily with even the most basic of tools, and in many instances all you need is a circular saw, a staple gun, and a drill to construct the planter boxes of your choice. Trust us when we say that stepping outside to get food that you grew yourself in planter boxes that you built yourself is a wonderful thing.

Transition Between Outside and Inside

Is the transition from the outside of your home to the inside a jarring one? If so, consider what you can do to give your home a more cohesive look. You don’t have to go too big on this one, and it can be as simple as putting the planter boxes on your front porch. A backyard can get a pergola that helps to cover the feeling of being outside and inside at the same time. An entryway can receive a large plant next to the front door to help welcome guests inside.

At the end of the day, how you do this is up to you. The point is simply to think about how you can make the exterior of your home more welcoming and inviting, and as we mentioned above, it’s also not a bad idea to figure out how to bring the outdoors inside in the form of plants or flowers.

Do You Need a Phase I ESA?

If you are dreaming of the perfect outdoor oasis for your future home and you want to know how the land has been used in the past, look no further than the team at Nelson Enviro. We offer Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in Northern California. We’ve been doing work in this industry for over three decades and we pride ourselves on providing our clients with a level of care and attention to detail that is simply unmatched.

When you need environmental professionals, turn to us. Contact us today to get the process started and rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. We look forward to working with you!