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Summer is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to start thinking about giving your garden a makeover – on a budget of course!
Now we are finally having some nicer weather, it may well be time to start thinking about updating your garden ready for the summer months. Winter can often see gardens neglected and especially with the bad weather we’ve had in recent months, your could be looking a little bit worse for wear. Gardens come in all shapes and sizes but most do have a few distinct areas which is what I have focused on here.
Here are my tips for updating your garden while keeping things budget friendly.
Garden Patio & Decking
Patio and decking areas can suffer badly over the winter months, with decking becoming slippery and patio slabs becoming dirty or covered in moss. If you have a power hose this can be a great tool in getting them clean again and there are lots of cleaning solutions available you could use too. While a patio cleaner may be a bit of investment now, if you get a good many years of use out of it should easily pay for itself and is of course cheaper than paying professionals.
Another way to update patio and decking areas is with some new furniture. Again, if not properly cared for garden furniture can end up looking tired and old, especially if left out or uncovered during the inclement winter months. Groupon currently have some fantastic deals on garden furniture which are very budget friendly and should give your garden a lovely updated feel. I recently went to a garden center for a look around and while it was lovely for inspiration I was slightly horrified at some of the prices!
Herbs & Edibles
I’ll admit I’m not a huge gardener myself. While I love being outside and enjoying the sunshine I’m quite happy with just a patio, a bit of grass and a sun lounger. However, being quite an accomplished cook, I do love my herbs. I’ve found quite a few planted herb pots reduced recently and they are currently lined up on my kitchen windowsill waiting to be added to the garden when the weather is finally warm enough.
Costing just a few pence these will have been a super thrifty addition to my garden and on top of that, I will be using them to cook with throughout the summer adding lovely flavors to various weeknight dinner. I also love the smell they give off when brushing past them!
Weeding is the bane of many gardeners but setting aside some to give your garden a huge going over after the winter months should make a huge improvement to how it looks. Sometimes it’s elbow grease rather than spending money that gives the best results!
A Lick of Paint
Repainting decking, sheds and fences can hugely improve the overall look of your garden. If you feel like it’s too much work for you on your own then why not have a ‘painting party’ with friends and family where they help you paint and you provide food and (possibly) some booze or maybe even a barbeque to really get it feeling like summer!
If you’re really looking to give your garden a more modern and updated look why not try adding some colour when you paint? Whites and Light Blues can give a lovely beachy feel while bright colours are perfect if you have lots of children. You could also go more subtle with pastel greens and blues that fit more with a traditional garden.
Garden Activities for the Kids
If you’ve got kids then you’ll the cost of keeping them entertained in the holidays can be a huge. That said, places such as Poundland and Wilko’s have a huge range of children’s activity sets at really low prices that are perfect for playing in the garden, hopefully providing hours of fun even if your budget is limited. My favourites from last year included badminton rackets at £1 for two and play sand from as little as £2.50.