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Top 4 Ways to DIY for Labor Day

Renee Valdes and Lucy Mercer
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Refresh your containers for Labor Day and beyond.

Summer may be coming to a close, but your outdoor fun doesn’t need to end. Get the most out of your space during fall and seasons to come with these easy ways to DIY for Labor Day.

4 IDEAS to DIY for Labor Day

Fall Container | The Home Depot's Garden Club

1. Plant pairings

Refresh your containers and flower pots with pairings that say “welcome fall.” It’s easy to change out containers and flowers to create a new look as a DIY for Labor Day. Try mixed containers filled with calibrachoa, petunias, salvia and coleus, such as the above. You could also try ornamental grass with coleus and echinacea.

Mums are another fall favorite. Read about ideas for mums and get ideas for mums in large containers. Learn more about chrysanthemums and asters in your fall garden.


Mailbox garden with colorful mums l The Home Depot Garden Club

While refreshing your flowers and plants, you could also give your mailbox garden some attention. Pair different-colored mums together, or try planting pansies alongside them.

Other ideas to try: Celosia, ornamental cabbage and lettuces for added texture and foliage in the garden.  


Light up the night with pathway lighting and other ideas ll The Home Depot Garden Club

2. Light up the night

As nights get longer, give your landscape a lighting makeover with easy fixes for your space. Consider adding pathway lighting to define and light a walking path. Don’t forget deck lighting for ambient nights and outdoor floodlights and spotlights for added security.

Follow these step-by-step instructions for adding pathway lighting.


Get ideas for lighting up the night ll The Home Depot Garden Club

For a quick and fun way to brighten your deck or porch, add cafe or string lights. For more finishing touches, check out these lighting ideas. Don’t forget a firepit for entertaining and s’mores.


Learn how to make a herb planter wall ll The Home Depot Garden Club

3. Savor your herbal harvest

Herbs such as lavender, parsley, mint, basil and thyme perk up when temperatures cool.

Savor your herbal harvest by using them when you entertain on the grill.  You can also save your extra herbs by preserving them. Learn how to preserve tender herbs, including preserving basil in olive oil and freezing other herbs in ice cube trays so that later you can drop the herb cubes into fall soups and stews. 

You can also preserve your herbs for teas and aromatherapy scrubs, such as our lavender body scrub.

Don’t have an herb garden? Learn how to make a planter wall (pictured above) that works well for herbs and fits in tight spaces. 

Griller's toolbox l The Home Depot Garden Club

4. Grilling toolbox

The season’s favorite tool is the grill. Why not make a companion for it — an easy griller’s toolbox. It’s the perfect place to keep pots of cooking herbs and to hold the grilling utensils and accessories you’ll need for a barbecue.


Corn on the Cob on the Grill | The Home Depot's Garden Club

When you’re done, get your grill in tip-top shape for fall entertaining by giving it a thorough cleaning by following these simple steps. You’ll be ready for entertaining all season long.

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