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Are you considering updating your garden, but you're on a tight budget? Not to worry! Gardening and landscaping expert Fiona Jenkins from MyJobQuote.co.uk is on hand to provide all the tips you need to create a garden you can be proud of without breaking the bank.
Much like your home, your garden requires a bit of extra attention and care from time to time. You may be amazed by what you can achieve with a few simple, budget-friendly gardening tips.
Take a look at the list below and learn how you can make your garden look glam on a budget.
This may sound like an obvious one, but flowers are one of the most simple and budget-friendly options for improving your garden space. Take some time to plant seeds and bulbs that will soon blossom into beautiful plants, giving you something to be proud of.
With such a huge range of flower varieties available in the UK, it’s easy to find something that suits your particular taste. Just be sure to do your research so that you know when to plant your flowers for the best results and how best to look after them moving forward.
If you prefer a simpler route, try planting some ready-bought bedding plants. Add some pots around the garden or create some new flower beds and see just how much your garden aesthetic will improve with very little effort.
Invest in a Fire Pit If you are interested in enjoying the summer sun outdoors in your garden, or if you’re thinking about hosting parties in the garden, a fire pit is a great investment. While some fire pits can be quite pricey, many come at a very reasonable price. If you’re on a tight budget, start small and see how you feel about the fire pit first. Then, if you find that you’re using it enough, you could choose to invest in a more expensive option in the future.
Take a look online at outdoor fire pit reviews to find a great fire pit that you can sit around and keep warm on summer nights. A fire pit creates a great focal point in the garden for sitting around and chilling. Plus, the crackling of the fire can be very relaxing.
Why not take it a step further and buy some marshmallows for roasting over the fire? This is a great option for outdoor summer parties.
There is really nothing better than growing your own produce. Fruits, vegetables and herbs are great things to grow in your garden. Growing vegetables, fruits and herbs is very cost-effective and requires very little space. Plus, it’s extremely rewarding.
In many cases, you don't even have to buy seeds for your garden veg. You can take advantage of making use of your leftover food by planting seeds from things like tomatoes and chillies. However, even if you do buy your own seeds, they're usually extremely cheap.
Once your produce is ready, you'll have herbs, vegetables, or fruits that you can enjoy cooking with. Growing your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs can help you save money as you won't need to buy those items as often – you can use your homegrown produce! In addition, homegrown produce is much fresher and tastier than supermarket-bought produce.
Plant pots can help make your garden look neat and tidy. Plus, they also allow you to put your own stamp on your garden, giving it a bit of personality.
Plant pots are relatively cheap, and they're a great way to introduce some extra colours to your garden. With many funky designs, you can go crazy or keep it simple, depending on your preferences.
If you're aiming for a country-style theme, choose stone, terracotta, and soft neutral colours. These will help your greenery pop. If you want to create a more coastal-style feeling, opt for navy blue pots accompanied by some cherry reds or vibrant yellows.
Lawns are one of the most overlooked parts of the garden, even though it tends to take up a large proportion of the garden space. However, a little bit of extra TLC can improve the overall aesthetic and appearance of your garden.
A lush green lawn can be achieved through regular mowing and watering. The general rule of thumb with mowing is that the more you mow your lawn, the better. For a more polished finish, you should aim to mow your lawn in both directions.
It's always best to water your lawn before noon to allow the grass time to dry in the evening. Less watering is required during the spring and autumn months, and you won't usually need to worry about watering during the winter months.
A quick ten-minute clean-up of weeds in the garden can make a huge difference. This will greatly improve the appearance of your garden.
You may choose to follow the old-fashioned method and pull out the weeds by hand. However, if you take this route, you need to make sure you pull up the roots of the weeds, not just the leaves. Otherwise, the weeds will keep coming back time and time again.
If some patches of your garden contain a lot of weeds, then you may want to invest in a low-cost weed killer to help tackle your weed issue. Alternatively, consider pouring boiling water over the leaves. This is a completely free way to kill off the weeds. However, it may take a few goes before the weeds are completely killed off, and you'll need to make sure the boiling water doesn't touch any nearby patches of lawn or flowers as it could kill them too.
If you have some old garden furniture that looks a little tatty and tired, you can easily improve their appearance by giving them a fresh coat of paint. If you're updating your garden, consider colours that would work well and complement your space.
Similarly, if you have some upholstered items in the garden, you may want to re-upholster these to give them a fresh new appearance. Or, sometimes, just a simple wash is enough to get them looking fresh and new again.
If you don't have any garden furniture or if your current furniture is beyond repair, you may be able to find some decent second-hand furniture. Try looking on the likes of Facebook Marketplace for some cheap furniture that could transform your space.
One of the cheapest garden improvement ideas is simply giving your patio a good clean. You may be shocked about how much this improves the appearance of your garden overall.
You may choose to use a hose or a scrubbing brush with a bucket of soapy water. Alternatively, if you have one available, give your patio a quick go-over with a jet washer.
Before cleaning up the patio, pull out any weeds that may be poking through and be sure to brush off all of the loose debris.
You don't necessarily need to spend a lot of money to add a water feature to your garden. Something as simple as a birdbath is usually enough to make a huge difference.
Consider installing a small pond if you want to make a larger statement. If you do this as a DIY project, you may be surprised about how cheap this can be. A pond is great for attracting a lot of natural wildlife to your garden. Plus, water is generally relaxing, so it's a great addition to your garden space.
The water will also reflect light around your garden, making it appear brighter and more attractive.
If you want to enjoy your garden after dark, it’s a good idea to invest in some cheap outdoor lights.
Candles, fairy lights, solar-powered lamps, and lanterns are some great options for budget-friendly outdoor lighting. You can find these in most garden stores as well as online. These can help to add a lovely glow to your garden and add to the relaxing vibe. Plus, outdoor lights can also be great for safety when you plan on spending time outdoors when it's dark.