Improving Your Garden On Budget!
If you haven’t got thousands of pounds to spend on revamping your garden don’t panic! There are plenty of ways to improve your garden without breaking the piggy bank. You can still pull off a great look for your garden even on a small budget.
Our gardens are more than a green patch attached to the house; nowadays more and more people want the Mediterranean way of life and crave a more useable outdoor living space. A garden is a place to read, dine, entertain and relax so let’s find out how to improve that green space.
Here are 10 tips to try out;
1. Do IT Yourself!
Three little words will save you a small fortune – do it yourself, time to pull on the wellies and get your hands dirty. There are plenty of projects you are able to manage yourself or with help from willing friends and family.
Other projects may require you to call in for a professional, but take a look at the project and if you have the skills and time give it ago before you start writing out large cheques!
Share plants and unwanted accessories with friends and neighbours and they are more than likely to do the same with you. Also look out for magazines that have freebies or promotional codes for items you may need.
Also start a compost bin so you can convert your rubbish scraps into an enriching additive for your soil.
We all like something for nothing but remember you shouldn’t take plants or clippings from public places it is also harmful to the environment to remove plants from woodland areas and replant them in your garden as it effects the biodiversity of the area. Don’t be a green fingered Robin Hood!
3. Know When To Splash Out
There are certain items that spending as much as you can afford will pay off in the long run. Cheaper versions will not be as good quality and therefore will not last as long, so when buying garden furniture, sheds, summer houses etc. buy the best you can.
This also applies to any work that may need doing. If you do a bad job on laying your decking for example you will have the additional cost of getting someone else in to redo the work and in some cases have to replace some of the materials. So if you don’t think your skill sets are up to the job use some of your budget to pay for a professional service it will cost you less in the long run.
4. Shop Off Season
Just like the apparel industry plant prices fluctuate with the seasons so if you hold fire and buy at the end of the growing season you can find the same plants in the clearance section.
Annuals are not a very good investment to buy in the sales as they will die at the end of the season; however other plants like perennials are worth getting. You may need to have a rummage around, don’t buy anything that is totally brown or wilted as they will not recover. However others plants with just a bit of discolouring can soon be nursed back to health. The peak prices for plants are in the Spring and Summer months.
5. Plan Your Space.
Knowing how you want to use the space in your garden will help with expenses. Plan out a dining area, play area, place to cook and somewhere to relax. Doing this doesn’t need to be expensive repositioning garden furniture and adding additional decking or slabs can be done without too much hassle or money.
Having a plan for the whole garden is a great idea this way you can manage your budget by splitting the costs across the project. Knowing the theme you want will keep you on track and you are unlikely to decide to add a pond or summerhouse that isn’t needed. You also want the garden to compliment your property so consider the style of your house and design your garden to be an extension of your home.
6. Add Structure.
Placing a pergola or arches in the garden can add an interesting focal point, they are easy to build and install and can be completed easily in a day with two people.
Also consider adding a DIY door canopy this will improve the front of your home and they also can be installed in a day and won’t cost the earth. Try growing scented climbers up these structures to soften them, it will also give you a scented entrance.
7. Create Pathways.
Add a pathway that wines its way up the garden it’s not only practical but adds interest and breaks the garden up.
Many different looks can be achieved depending on the material used, consider using different materials together for example sleepers and gravel or slate and brick.
8. Use Paint.
Painting your shed, fences and gates this will not only protect them but will add colour. You can make them more interesting by using colourful waterproof paints now on the market.
9. Mulch It.
Using mulch on your flower beds this will reduce the amount of time you need to invest in weeding and gives the garden a polished finished look. It also benefits the plants by holding in nutrients that plants need.
10. Divide And Conquer
Split and divide faster-growing plants, such as Hosta’s. This will help keep the costs down when it comes to planting and will fill in empty patches. You’ll have to buy fewer plants and it will add continuity to your garden.