If you would love to spruce up your garden but are a bit short on cash we thought knowing how to give your garden a makeover on a budget might help. You don’t have to rush out and buy expensive furniture or imported trees to have a good looking garden that you can enjoy in the sunshine. Here’s our top tips to get you started:
Start with your Grass
According to House Beautiful, one of the easiest ways to transform your garden is to cut the grass into a shape. That may be round, rectangle or square. Mark out the shape with string and cut the excess grass using a spade. It will be a really well spent afternoon!
Plant some Perennials
Now your first thought is going to be what are perennials! They are actually just plants that last a couple of years. Hardy border plants. You know the kind you see in rows and rows of little pots. They only cost a couple of pounds each and you can often get great deals on them at garden centres or in the supermarket. You will probably only need about 5 or 6 for an average sized garden. Just plant in a border and they will last you a couple of years! Examples of well known perennials are geraniums and lavender. They look really pretty and will attract bees and butterflies!
Pave the Way
Depending on your budget you might want to think about putting in a path. Surprisingly you could do this for around £40. You just need to mark the area you want your path to be. Then, scrape away the loose soil or cut out the grass and lay down a membrane. You can get these from any garden centre and this will stop the weeds coming through. Again you can buy the gravel from the garden centre. Another idea is to try eBay, Homebase, B & Q or a local builders yard. Next, spread the gravel over the membrane. You want to make sure the gravel is about 2.5 cm deep to get a good coverage. A big bag will cover about 20 square metres. The lighter gravel you pick the nicer the contrast will be with your grass or borders.
Add some Sparkle
You can get some really great garden lights that work on LED and are battery powered. This means no need for wiring or fiddly plugs! Simply string along the fence, trees or hedges for a really lovely twilight. Look online for better deals or try one of the bigger supermarket chains which usually have some good deals on outdoor lights.
If you’ve given yourself a budget and have spare, you can always buy some pots and plants to put along the patio. Choose pretty colours and different heights and types to give a real interesting outlook.
In terms of furniture you could always look in second hand stores or online auction sites like eBay. Larger supermarkets usually have summer deals running too where you can get a decent garden furniture set for much less. Facebook also have selling ads now as well as Gumtree, so do shop around.
Have fun in the sun!