Getting the garden in order can be stressful, especially if you’re not naturally green-fingered. Make things easier for yourselves by getting stuck in together and keeping costs low. Take a look at these tips before you set to work.
- Invest in the right tools
You need a few good-quality tools that are going to take care of the garden for years to come. Grass trimmers, rakes, hoses, shovels and weeders should build your gardening arsenal — take a look at supermarket retailers like Tesco for some great low-cost options. It’s also good to keep a bottle of weed killer in the garage, because every effort should be taken to take the pain out of weeding!
- Get Gardening
Now that you have the right tools, set to work on weeding, trimming the grass, hosing the plants and raking away the off-cuts. You’ll be amazed at how much difference a bit of TLC can make to your garden. Between the two of you, it won’t take long at all.
- A splash of paint
Brightly colored paints can make the world of difference to any garden. Sand down the garden bench and clean the plant pots before going over them with a couple of layers of outdoor paint. You might even be able to get away with just using a free sample pot of paint, depending on the size of your furniture.
- Water feature
Add some interest to your garden with a water feature. You can pick up many different ones to suit your budget but you can also make one for very little cost, like a three-tiered water fountain, made simply by drilling holes in three pots, sealing them, feeding some hosing through and filling with stones. And voila you have your very own water feature that doubles as a bird bath.
Get rid of anything that is causing your garden to look messy. Make sure you put aside some time to make a trip to the skip. That broken outdoor table that’s been pushed to the back of the yard? Stop putting it off and get rid.
- Light touch
There are so many different types of lighting that will create a real atmosphere in your garden on an evening. A cheap option that doesn’t even run on electricity is to use battery powered fairy lights. Dot them along the garden path in bell jars or pop some tea lights in hanging lanterns to provide a lovely glow without spending on batteries.
Keeping it tidy, having the right equipment and making a few subtle changes are all that are needed to spruce up that garden this summer.
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