Landscaping on a Budget

Finally it is SPRING!!!  And alot of us have some unexpected time on our hands to tackle home prjects so what better time to spruce up your yard or garden?  There is no time like the present to tackle your outdoor space. If your fence is in need of repairing or painting, or your garden edging seems overly messy it can impact upon the whole of your yard space. Breathing new life into your yard doesn’t always require a landscape gardener.  There are a variety of simple updates that can be achieved on a budget, and which make a huge difference to the appearance of your outdoor space. Whether it’s a small garden, a patio or a balcony area, check out these garden ideas (or even DIY tricks) to boost your space and won't break the bank!


Turn Crates into Shelving



Use old wooden crates imaginatively to create garden storage, flower displays and solar light displays. 

To ensure safety I definitely recommend attaching the wooden crates securely to a or shed fence behind, where possible. 



Paint Your House Numbers on Planters



This costs next to nothing, especially if you already have the pots you want to use.  You can have small ones on your front step or large pots in your front garden or driveway.  



A Plant Display using Old Ladders



Step up your garden features with the help of decorative ladder shelving. These ladder shelves are formed by tying two ladders together at the top. Wooden planks laid across the runs provide the shelves on which to display potted plants, lanterns and decorative accessories. Super easy to make and totally cost effective. A step in the right direction for budget gardens!



Jar Solar Lights for Ambience



You can buy these jars at the dollar store and the solar fairy lights are available in most stores...powered all day by the sun these will cast a pretty glow over gardens or patio area after dark.



Upcycle an Old Cabinet into a Potting Table or Cocktail/Serving Table



Start with a lick of paint, and maybe look to changing the worktop and add hooks to the side so you can hang trowels and other tools for easy access.  This can be a great work station for potting plants OR set up on your patio for a beverage/serving station! 



Edging Made From Old Bricks




Put that pile of leftover bricks to good use and make a path that mirrors the shape of your flowerbeds. Lay them long and sideways in a bed of gravel to create a patterned curve.  Or set them side by side on an angle to create a beautiful garden bed border. Buy new bricks—or pick up salvaged ones for added character!



Create a Cute Bird Feeder



It’s not always big things that change the feel of a garden – it can simply amount to the sounds you hear. Boost your garden’s atmosphere by encouraging birds in with a DIY bird feeder their song will instantly create a more positive feel. 



Create an Inexpensive Awning



If you have a compact patio garden that’s a bit of a sun trap, consider hanging a simple sail-like canopy. It won’t take up the valuable space that a parasol would, but still gives you a little bit of safe shade. 



Boost Your Seating with Colorful Cushions



Give your old garden sofa a boost by layering it up with new-season accessories for a modern, budget-conscious look.


Paint Your Fence



This won't cost alot but will take some time and hard work....and is SO rewarding!  This will change the look of your entire yard! 


Add Color with Bedding Plants



A tray of Tagetes or Antirrhinum (snapdragons) will add instant colour to your front garden and bloom throughout the summer. Be sure to feed them weekly with tomato food in the summer keep them well watered in the heat – snip off any dead flower heads to keep them looking top notch.  With the right care they should be packed with flowers until early autumn.

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