Landscaping your garden is a great way to improve the overall appearance of your home and add value to it.
However, not everyone is in a position to call in a professional landscaping company and undertake an extensive project to spruce up their outdoor space.
The good news is that not all garden improvements cost a fortune and there are many simple things you can do yourself which will have a positive impact, while not breaking the bank.
1. Ask friends for cuttings
Many flowers and plants can grow from just a small cutting, which is why asking a friend for a cutting from one of their plants you love is a great way to introduce new species into your garden, without spending a fortune. Just be sure to only take a cutting from a healthy plant as it will have a greater chance of survival.
2. Look for end of season bargains
Just like department stores have end of season sales, so too do nurseries and garden centres. You can pick up some real bargains and deck your garden out with beautiful new plants and flowers for not much money.
3. Plant perrenials
Unlike annuals, which only live for one season, perrenials are plants that return year after year. That’s what makes perrenials a great budget-friendly garden choice. And while perrenials might cost you a little more at the outset, they’ll give you a better return on your investment in the long-run.
4. Reduce the size of your lawn
Some people love having a huge lawn, but maintaining it often requires a lot of time and plenty of fertiliser/water. That’s why if you’re happy to have a smaller lawn and replace some of it with paving or decorative stone, you can actually save yourself money going forward.
5. Upcycle some old stuff
Upcycling is where you take something that’s old and useless, and repurpose it to be used in another way. For example, an old car tyre can be an eyesore if just left in your back garden, but with a bit of paint and some potting soil it can be transformed into an ornate flower bed.
Old rain boots, wooden pallets, kitchen colanders and even beach shells can all be used to house a variety of plants and flowers – the only thing holding you back is your imagination!