It finally feels as though Spring has arrived – hoorah! This time of year is perfect for getting out in the garden in the fresh air with the family. But often, after the harshness of the Winter, the garden can feel as though it needs a lot of work to get it back to it’s summertime glory. Sprucing up the garden doesn’t need to be expensive though. I’m always on the lookout for ways to save money and there are many things you can do to make your garden a beautiful, appealing space, even if you’re on a tight budget.
Spruce up your garden on a budget
1. Look for deals
You can find some amazing patio and garden furniture deals, particularly if you shop out of season when many shops and online retailers will offer big discounts on their garden products in order to move stock ready for the next season. If you have left it until the last minute though, Groupon is a great place to find discounted products. Groupon is a fantastic site offering huge discounts. They have new offers every day, so it’s worth checking back regularly – and the savings can be massive!
2. Add a touch of colour
Even if you only have a small outdoor space, adding colour can make it a really inviting place to be. You can add cheap and cheerful flowers and brighten up old plant pots with a lick of paint.
3. Buy second-hand and hunt for freebies
There are loads of places online where you can find great second-hand items either selling really cheap or even being given away. A great place to start is your local For Sale or Swap group on Facebook. You’ll often find people giving away sheds and outdoor buildings at amazingly low prices – often stating buyer to dismantle.
Freecycle is a great place to find local freebies and you can find real bargains on eBay too.
4. Add some lighting
In any part of the house, lighting can make a real difference to the overall feel – and the garden is no exception.
You can pick up really cheap lighting from high street shops and supermarkets. The range of outdoor lighting available is huge. You can choose from posts in the ground, tea lights, lanterns and strings of light. Solar-powered lights are a great way to add light without the ongoing expense of light bulbs and electric too.
I love these solar powered string lights!
5. Raid the pound shop
I’ve become really fond of Poundland recently. They have some AMAZING items at really low prices, and their garden section is incredible at the moment. You can find all manner of gardening items for just £1, including bulbs and seeds, planters, garden ornaments, and gardening tools.
6. Attract wildlife
I love sitting out in the garden and watching the birds on the bird table, there’s something really relaxing and therapeutic about it.
There are lots of ways you can entice wildlife into your garden without spending a fortune.
- Plant colourful flowers to attract butterflies and bees.
- Buy a cheap bird bath or bird table (or make your own if you’re able).
- Get the children to build a hedgehog habitat.
7. Stay on top of the weeding
It’s not my favourite job, but weeding is so important in order to keep your garden clean, tidy and a relaxing space to be. Buy a cheap pair of gardening gloves and a trowel (Poundland have both), and get stuck in!
* This is a collaborative post.