If your budget simply won’t stretch to a complete garden makeover, don’t feel disheartened, because FourWalls has pulled together eight practical tips that’ll help to improve your outdoor space – without you spending a fortune.
Add a touch of colour
Whether it’s up high in hanging baskets or down at ground level, add some colour to your outdoor space with an assortment of flowers. Sunflowers, hydrangeas, geraniums, pansies, lilies, sweet peas, tulips, fuchsias and roses are popular and pretty choices. Aldi is a great place to hunt for cheap and cheerful bedding plants that add instant colour.
Love your lawn
Show your grass some regular TLC to keep it looking prim and proper. If your lawn is a little down in the dumps, here’s some bitesize tips for healthier-looking grass: keep up regular cutting; fertilise every four to five weeks; water your lawn; control your weeds and set some time aside for scarifying and aerification – check out this post for more information.
Preen your patio or decking area
It may not be the most fun job, but you should regularly give your tiles or planks a good scrub. This’ll get them looking as good as new in no time. If your patio or decking is made from wooden slabs and you’re ready for a complete refresh, you might consider giving them a fresh coat of varnish or oil in a different colour.
Tidy it up
Cut back any overgrown shrubs, eliminate any intruding weeds and tuck your bins and any junk out of sight so they aren’t blocking your views of greenery.
Go flashy with some features
Have a look around your local homes store or garden centre and see if any garden structures catch your eye. Hanging planters, water fountains or features, outdoor ornaments, bird houses, pergolas, sheds, benches or ponds – the possibilities are endless.
Paint your pots
Inject a bit of life into your existing plant pots by giving them a lick of paint in a daring new colour. Instead of sticking with blacks and browns, choose eye-catching colours, such as yellow, blue, pink or purple. This way, even when your plants begin to wither, your pots will ensure your garden maintains a healthy glow.
Freshen up your furniture
Instead of splashing out on a brand new set of garden furniture, save yourself a wad of cash by working with what you currently have. If your garden furniture is wooden, give it a scrub, sand it down and add a lick of paint to knock a few years off it. For an instantly noticeable new look, as with your plant pots, think about giving your furniture a completely different colour.