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Are you wanting to improve your garden on a budget?
With spring blooming, as the days become warmer and the evenings lighter, now is a great time to pull out a spade and start some outside decluttering. It’s easy to neglect the space outside your house, especially in the winter. Are you looking to boost your outdoor space without breaking the bank? Whether it’s a big garden, a patio or a balcony garden there are many simple budget conscious design ideas and improvements families can do. Encourage the children to get outside and get involved.
There’s a garden project here for everyone whether you are a beginner or an advanced gardener! We’ve listed some quick fixes and tasks that will make your garden look better in no time.
#Mow the lawn!
It is a simple start, but unruly grass and weeds will not help you create a tidy, inviting space. Forgo toxic weed killers and use common household items like vinegar, salt, and baking soda all which contain properties that starve and dehydrate troublesome plants. Does your patio need some attention? Scrub the bricks and remove moss from sneaking through the cracks. A pressure washer will do the job with very little effort. If you’re itching for a lush green lawn, but don’t have the time to put into keeping it trim and watered, artificial grass is the answer. As I have a toddler who likes to crawl round and eat rocks, save money on clearance artificial grass for a safer lawn option.
#Restore tired sheds and make them multipurpose.
Our garden is teeny, about 2×3 metres with storage built along the back fence. In the rain the paint had faded and some of the door panels rotten. Instead of buying new, we hand built new doors and protected them with wood treatment to help protect against the elements. Give the same TLC to fences. Whilst some garden designers suggest going bold, we changed from blue to brown so the sheds would blend with the trees and plants. A garden shed can easily turn into a dumping ground for all things damp and dirty. Have a clear out inside to clutter-free space. Pick up some furniture second hand so everything is organised, so it is hassle free to put tools and toys away rather than leave them across the lawn. If you have multiple, or a large shed then make it multipurpose. It can store garden furniture in the winter, then become a summer playhouse. Hang herbs from the roof.
Pots can be expensive new, though garden centres often have a winter half price sale off season. Look on marketplace and get creative with planters. There are lots of Pinterest hacks on how to build from pallets or recycle old pots and pans. Simply punch a couple of drainage holes in the bottom before re-potting your plants or place a layer of stones at the base of the jars. If you have an old, unused chest of drawers knocking about the house, give it a new lease of life by turning it into a unique colourful garden planter! Hanging baskets are easy to make and look stunning. Make sure you use multi-purpose compost and feed regularly with tomato food. You can embrace the ‘Grow Your Own’ trend, even in the smallest of spaces, start with herbs and move on up! Scrape away the top 5cm of soil from the tops of pots of established potted plants. This will remove weeds, moss and dead leaves. Then replace with a layer of fresh compost.
Simple touches like solar powered lights, create a beautiful glow. You can arrange them through tree or shrub branches. Like in the home, a weatherproof mirror positioned to create a focal point can make the garden look bigger. Invest in some garden furniture, a table for alfresco dining is a great idea. Garden sofas create the illusion of bringing inside outside, but they are also pricey. Try moving a garden bench to a sunny spot and creating a quiet area for relaxation. Dress it up with plenty of cushions and a seat pad. Tie two wooden ladders together and lay planks between them for cheap shelving. If you have a patio garden that’s a bit of a sun trap, consider hanging a simple sail-like canopy. Use old bedding and why not make your own bunting! Styling is not just for interiors!
What is your favourite part of your family garden? Is it full of colourful plants or do you prefer a simple turf lawn?