5 Ways to transform your garden on a budget

Spring is fast approaching and if your garden seems to be lacking lustre now is the perfect time to get started on those outdoor projects you’ve had in mind for some time… Transforming your garden doesn’t have to break the bank, so here are a few budget tips to turn drab outdoor areas into a colourful paradise just in time for summer.

1. RESTORE YOUR OLD WOODEN FURNITURE

Over the winter months, your garden furniture can tend to be neglected and weeks of exposure to the elements can mean that they begin to look tired and worn. Luckily, restoring your outdoor tables and chairs is a simple DIY job that can be done one weekend when the weather is bright. To restore wooden furniture to its former colour, it’s as simple as using a specialist oil, and for wrought iron, all you need to do is brush off any rust and touch it up with some enamel paint. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you might want to start afresh with a new colour. 

2. SPRUCE UP YOUR SHRUBBERY 

Flowers and shrubs that are chosen well can transform your garden from a blank canvas to a picture perfect space. Head to your local garden centre and choose an array of plants that can add interest to your outdoor areas from unusual yet colourful shrubbery like orange-bark myrtle to simple flowers like asters, yarrow and astilbe.

3. CREATE A MINI VEGETABLE GARDEN 

Perhaps you want to make your garden a little more sustainable. If so, consider a creating a mini vegetable garden that will allow you to grow fresh veggies to use in your home cooking. Those who don’t have much space may find it easier to build a wooden vegetable trug that will still allow you to plant plenty of crops throughout the year.

4. GIVE YOUR FENCE A POP OF COLOUR 

Instead of restoring it back to its plan old wooden colour, why not think of your fence as a blank canvas that you can use to enhance your outdoor space. A bright yellow fence, for example, will provide a brilliantly contrasting backdrop for green shrubs and bright red flowers. If you think that bright colours are too ‘out there’ for your tastes, why not go for a darker shade of purple or blue that will keep your fence looking in good condition all year round.

5. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR HOME 

As well as focusing your attention on the garden, one thing that’s not to be missed is the exterior of your home. After all, the way your home looks is a huge part of your overall kerb appeal, so you want to make sure that any outdated paint jobs are refreshed, that any damaged fascias and guttering are fixed, that any holes in the wall are filled and that those missing roof tiles are finally replaced. Remember, even if you’re a dab hand at DIY, fixing your roof can be a dangerous and time-consuming job, so it’s usually best to rely on a roofer to do it for you just to be safe. Search ‘roofing repair companies near me ’ to find the best roofer in your area.

Best of luck with sprucing up your garden for spring and please let me know if you have any tips about what bushes to be pruning or seeds to be planting at this time of year – leave me a comment below with your gardening advice.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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