Low-cost options for landscaping your garden when you’re on a budget

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It’s no secret that I’ve been concentrating on landscaping my garden this year and have been making all kinds of DIY updates now that the weather is improving. With spring in full bloom, I’m thinking that garden parties and BBQs are just around the corner, so there’s no better time to tackle organising and zhooshing up back garden right before all the hosting duties kick in.

A unique DIY project never fails to excite a thrifty heart. There is something special about putting in hours of work and then seeing the results – right there in front of you. It’s more than saving money or upcycling; it’s a way of life that brings excitement, challenges and gratification like no new, store-bought solution ever could. So, I’ve been keeping it thrifty while working on my garden ‘decorating’ project and here’s what I’ve got planned, as well as some suggestions for your own thrifty garden updates…

DECKING

After umm-ing and ahh-ing over paving for a while, we realised that the best way to get a flat patio space in our sloped garden is to build a deck. While wooden decking might have a bit of old-school charm to it, it’s definitely not a thrifty option. Wooden decking requires far more upkeep (staining, protecting it from rotting etc) and the cost of installation soon adds up. I’ve been looking at composite decking as an alternative, as it assembles quickly and can be DIYed as the parts are simply clicked together like a puzzle. It’s durable and can be purchased in any colour so you don’t even have to spend time and money staining it.

This it where I’m planning to add some decking soon – watch this space!

SHED UPGRADE

Women all over are taking control of the garden sheds – the internet refers to them as she-sheds. She sheds are great because they can be anything and everything. A chic storage solution (did you spot my pimped-up shed blog post last week?), a painting room or mini yoga studio… or a maybe a little haven for your garden partygoers. Perhaps putting an old school vinyl player in the shed with some comfy chairs and fairy lights is your cup of tea? Or why not turn your shed into a wine cellar if you and your friends are wine enthusiasts? Either way, revamping your shed should be on your to-do list!

ARTIFICIAL GRASS

Seeing as I’ve been spending a lot of time in garden centres, artificial grass seems to be everywhere I look at the moment! Forget about having to mow the lawn every other week or moss growing in the places where the sun doesn’t reach. If you’re looking for a thrifty project that will save you money every year and will also look great year on year – consider investing in a premium artificial grass lawn. The benefits are endless but mainly it’s far more cost effective than upkeeping a grass lawn. You lay it once and it won’t die!

WALL GARDENING

A vertical wall garden will elevate any back garden especially smaller, more compact spaces. You can reuse old pallets by adding ‘shelves’ between the two layers and fixing the pallet onto your wall. Not only that, if you’re smart about how and where you install your vertical garden – it can save you money too. You can grow salad, strawberries and vegetables in a vertical garden, saving you a trip to the supermarket. Furthermore, a vertical garden does not rely on the soil quality in your garden so the plants will likely grow a lot better if you’ve had issues with your garden in the past. It’s thrifty, it looks aesthetically pleasing, it’s great for a small space and it’s a DIY project that will quite literally bear fruits of labour.

Let me know what you’ve been getting up to in your own garden this month and I’d love to hear your suggestions for saving money on decking, lawns and plants in the comments below – I need all the help I can get with my garden! 😊



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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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