1. Paint old plant pots
Don’t buy new plant pots if you still have old ones lying around. Give them a new lease of life by painting them with your favourite colour. It will save you cash and give your garden personality.
2. Fertilise your lawn
Fertilising your lawn can be a quick and easy way to give your garden a new surge of life. If shop-bought fertiliser is too expensive then try making your own using wood ash from the fireplace.
Make fertiliser using wood ash from the fireplace
3. Clean your patio
Grime quickly builds up on your patio. Spend an hour scrubbing away and you’ll reveal the true colour of the slabs. Don’t forget to get in between bricks and dig up any moss whilst you’re there.
4. Solar-powered lights
Outdoor lighting can be expensive so try solar powered lights instead. They will spend the entire day storing up energy from the sun so when you want to use them at night it won’t cost a penny.
5. Eliminate weeds
Weeds are impossible to avoid but ignoring them will make your garden feel drab and unloved. Spend time cutting them out right from the root. Avoid splashing out on weed killer by using home remedies such as salt and vinegar.
6. Paint your shed
A garden shed can be a real focal point in a garden so making sure it looks great will give your garden a new lease of life. Sand it down and paint the exterior to create the look of something brand new.
7. Spruce up garden furniture
If your garden furniture is looking bleak then spruce it up with some new cushions and blankets. Take the stuffing from old ones and simply sew new fabric around to create some brand new seat cushions.
8. Plant perennials
If you’re buying seeds or plants make sure to buy perennials so your investment will last far longer. Popular perennials include Lavender, Echinacea and Forget-me-nots.
9. Create own allotment plot
Why not spruce up your garden by creating a small allotment plot? Simply corner off a section, prepare the soil and begin planting. It will look great and you’ll have your own supply of tasty veg.
10. Edge uneven lawns
Spend some time focusing on the very edges of your lawn as they’re often missed by the lawnmower. Grab some garden scissors and trim edges to look neat and tidy.
11. Try topiary
Don’t worry, topiary is not nearly as difficult as you think. Take a look at some basic online tutorials and turn any unsightly shrubs or hedges into something a bit more artistic.
12. Makeshift tent
Create a makeshift dining or lounge area by using a clean white sheet and hanging it several feet higher. Adding battery-powered fairy lights will make the area look like something straight out of a magazine.
13. Mirror mirror
Hanging mirrors up in your garden may sound strange but it’s a quick and easy way to make the space feel larger. Use any unwanted ones or grab some cheap ones from a charity shop and hang on walls or fences.
14. DIY water feature
Water fountains can be expensive so try a cheap and easy option instead. But some pretty pebbles from the garden centre, then dig a hole in the garden. Line the hole with tarpaulin and hide it using the pebbles and rocks. Fill with water to create a pond.
15. Bird feeders
Don’t throw away tin cans from soup and baked beans. Wash them out thoroughly before painting, then hang up in the garden. Fill with birdseed and you’ll have your very own bird feeder.
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