Having a garden or an outdoor space is a real luxury, and when your garden is well maintained it will enhance your home and you’ll love to spend time enjoying it. However, in these difficult financial times, spending money on a garden is rarely seen as a priority and your outdoor home can easily be overlooked. Read on for some great money saving tips on how to keep your garden looking great without costing a fortune.
Have a good tidy-up
It may sound obvious, but you can make a huge difference to your garden’s appearance simply by mowing the lawn, raking up leaves, tidying up borders and weeding. It won’t cost you anything and spending time outside is good for the mind and body as well as the garden! If you can, get your family and friends involved and celebrate your garden’s new look with a well-deserved BBQ at the end of the day!
Set up a seed swap shop!
Buying seeds from garden centres can quickly become expensive, and you often end up not using the whole packet. If you have a local gardening club or have friends or neighbours who are green fingered, why not start a seed swap? It’s a great way to save money and you’ll also ensure that your garden is growing and producing a fantastic variety of flowers, plants and vegetables.
Recycle, recycle, recycle
We all know that recycling is a crucial part of modern life, but never more so than in the garden. There are so many ways that you can recycle to save money. If you need to buy garden furniture, check ebay before going to your local B&Q. Or you could even restore and paint tree stumps as garden chairs.
When it comes to compost, don’t throw anything away. Food scraps, egg shells, grass clippings and leaves can all go on. Instead of spending a fortune on expensive patio pots for your plants, herbs or fruit trees, try using old boots for a retro look, or egg cartons and milk bottles.
Look out for bargains
Many garden centres have discounts and offers on plants, herbs and flowers so keep an eye out for the best deals. Local charities also run “Open Garden” schemes throughout the summer months, and many local gardeners who open their gardens also include plant sales where you can get some fantastic bargains as well as plenty of advice thrown in!
Whatever shape, size or style your garden may be, there are lots of cost-effective ways to make sure that it remains an outdoor oasis you’ll love to spend time in. Be as creative and innovative as you can, and don’t forget to share your ideas too.