With Spring on the horizon, now’s the perfect time to revamp your garden. Whether that means planting flowers or adding garden lighting, there are lots of things you can do to improve your garden on a budget. Check out some of my favourite thrifty ways to revamp your outdoor space.
Add some garden lighting
The best gardens are the ones you want to spend time in. If you have friends round for barbeques and parties, outdoor lighting is a must. A cheap and easy option is garden fairy lights, which you can hang on fences or even an overhanging tree.
And to take lighting to another level, why not put some battery-operated fairy lights in an old mason jar? This is such a simple way to add a decorative touch to your garden without spending a fortune.
Spruce up your shed
Discoloured sheds and fences can bring your whole garden down, so show them a bit of love with a fresh coat of paint. Hand painting is the cheapest option, but if you’re in a rush, a spray gun will get the job done in no time.
Keeping on top of this little job will also prolong the life of the wood and prevent it from rotting, saving you money in the long run. It’s something you can do as often as you like, so don’t be afraid to experiment with new colours. Remember to sand the wood and prime it before you start painting, otherwise the top coat won’t be as clean.
Upgrade your paving and planters
For a bigger renovation project, think about installing new garden paving. Being thrifty is about spending money in the right areas, and investing in the best paving stones is worth it in the long run. The last thing you want is to repave your garden, only to have to repeat the process in two years.
To add depth to your garden, install some raised planters. I love the look of planters made from wooden sleepers, but they can be tricky to maintain. Wood-effect concrete sleepers are a great alternative and you won’t have to worry about woodworm.
Choose money-saving flowers
Water is one of the biggest ongoing costs for a garden. But the last thing you want is for your pretty flowers to turn brown as a result of not enough water. Go for plants that require less water, such as lavender or poppies.
Another money-saving tip is to choose flowers known as annuals — those that drop seeds every year. Planting flowers such as forget-me-nots and sweet Williams will mean you won’t have to buy new seeds every year. Seeds might be cheap, but free is even better than cheap!
Add some accessories
Budget garden accessories like cushions, candle holders and rustic watering cans are an ideal final touch. Keep an eye out in charity shops and boot fairs for knick-knacks that will bring your garden to life.
You may already have some gorgeous accessories, so don’t be afraid to repaint old plant pots and ornaments to match your garden’s new style.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, show it the love it deserves. With a few simple additions — and a bit of TLC — it could become the retreat you’ve always dreamed of.