We have recently invested a lot of time in the garden and have begun to turn it on a budget. I was never much of a gardener. I always found it a little daunting and wanted a minimalist look (more probably because it still looked like hard work!) I didn’t know where to start when it came to planting flowers and pruning trees, so I left it alone! We mowed our grass and stuck a few plants in some pots and hoped for the best, only to discover that most plants had died in the winter, and the grass looked like someone had put a comb over it!
CLEAN YOUR DECK OR PATIO
Start by pulling up any plants or weeds that have emerged between the patio slabs and using a stiff brush to sweep away the debris. Then you can use soapy water to clean the patio or decking using the same meeting or use a pressure washer to remove the stubborn dirt and stains.
SPRUCE UP OR DECK A TIRED PATIO BY PAINTING IT!
Around three years ago, we put down new decking, and it wasn’t fair well after a couple of winters. I looked at several different ways to clean it up and chose to use Dizzy Duck Designs stencils, and Cuprinol painted to paint a mosaic pattern on it and was pleased with the results.
TIDY UP and add some colour to flower beds and weeds
The best and easiest way to spruce up your garden, possibly! Try to pull weeds from the roots not to grow again, and give them a border with something easy like bricks, sleepers or concrete blocks if you want to stop weeds or grass from growing in your flower beds.
ADD COLOUR by painting your shed or fence
Painting your garden shed or fence is another simple and easy way to add effect and colour to your garden. You will find anything from Iris blue to neon pink! The shelves are no longer filled with either brown, light brown or a new shade of brown. Last summer, we painted our fence dark blue, and I didn’t regret it since it’s a great shade and makes the plants and trees pop up against it. B&Q and Cuprinol, among others, still supply garden paint.
POTS Fix AND PAINT
Paint or decorate plant pots that are tired and fix those that have not made it through the winter. I love terracotta plant pots, but you can use bright colours to paint tired pots to add interest to the garden. You can make pots out of many things, like welly boots, pots or pans and hanging baskets out of sieves! We are trying to move away from plastic pots in our garden.
The addition of lighting to our garden last year was an absolute revelation and changed our outdoor life. It not only looks fantastic at night, but it can also provide an excellent decorative atmosphere throughout the day by adding wicker and glass lanterns, large candles, hurricane lamps and fairy and festoon lights to your seating space or just wrapped around the tree.
These days, solar panelled lighting is abundant online, so you don’t have to think about your energy bill, with Wilko’s solar festoon lights and Lights4fun’s battery operated outdoor fairy lights being some of my favourites.
OR DECORATIVE FEATURES ADD MIRRORS
Mirrors are not only meant for your house! Now you can get a great selection of online outdoor mirrors that you can put up in your backyard. If you have a very shady or dark spot in your backyard, this helps bounce the light around and can make the room look larger, like at home. You can also buy things like multi-coloured lanterns and ornamental wooden or rustic stars to hang from the trees or fence.
PAINT YOUR FURNITURE FOR GARDEN
After eight months of heavy winter storms, is your garden furniture feeling a little sorry for itself? I know it was ours. There are so many fabulous paint options out there these days, like your fence or shed; you can paint your furniture with an assortment of magnificent colours.
YOUR SEATING AREA COSY UP
When your garden furniture has been spruced up, you can make it a genuinely cosy outdoor space by adding loads of soft furnishings such as throws and cushions to your seating area and maybe an outdoor rug! With brands like Wayfair, La Redoute and Maisons du Monde all selling outdoor rugs, this has indeed become a significant trend in recent years.
GARDEN INTO ZONES Split.
Finally, if you’re like me and you find gardening a little daunting and don’t know where to begin, break your garden into zones and tackle each area one at a time. Start with a seating area so you can make the most of your garden and make sure that you want to sit anywhere (not like us when we spent a fortune making new decking in a permanently shaded area)!
Build a distance with plenty of potted plants, bamboo screens or ornamental grasses from the seating area to the lawn. You can then sit there with a G&T with a seating area built and admire all your hard work in the garden!
So, what field would you tackle first? We are in the process of building a new seating area in our garden, and this summer, I can’t wait to enjoy it.
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