A scruffy looking garden can ruin the front of your house, even if it isn’t that bad. It only takes a couple of weeks for it to get out of hand and before you know it, the well maintained lawn has turned into a bit of a jungle. It’s not too much of a problem at the moment because you’re not going to be using the garden as much in the winter, but when summer rolls around, you’ll want to be out there all the time. You could always spend loads of time and money giving it a complete overhaul but who wants to do that? There are plenty of alternatives to the expensive fixes you’ve got in mind, here are some of the best ones.
Clean the Patio
One of the best ways to freshen up the garden is to replace the patio. After years of wear, they’ll start to look dull and grow weeds. Taking them up and putting new ones in will instantly elevate the garden, but it’ll also cost you a lot of money and take you a while to do. The thing is, there’s really no need. If you just get yourself a high pressure water cleaner and clean off the patio, it’ll look good as new for a fraction of the price.
New garden furniture is another simple way to breathe new life into your garden but you might not have to give up on your old stuff just yet. Sure, it might look a bit rough around the edges but if it’s still solid, there’s no sense in getting rid of it. All it needs is a bit of a makeover. Any wood or metal furniture can easily be stripped and repainted in no time. It won’t cost you anywhere near as much and you’re free to do something a little more exciting with it. You can paint it in any color you like and maybe even add a design.
The same goes for the decking in the garden. You’ll remember from when you first put it in how expensive it was so if you can give it a facelift, you’ll save yourself a lot of money and effort. It might take a little work if it’s starting to rot but if you just use some wood hardener and filler on it to plug the gaps and then strip the wood and restain it, it’ll look good as new.
If you haven’t been good with looking after your plants you might have flower beds full of dead brown rather than the vibrant colors that you were hoping for. Going down to the garden centre and buying a load of new ones to plant is costly and not necessary. As long as you’ve got a few that are still going, you can salvage them and use them to fill the rest of the garden. Just take some trimmings from them and redistribute them, by next summer, they’ll grow into a full flower bed.
You don’t need to spend loads of money on the garden this year, just try these cheap alternatives instead.