Landscaping Your Garden on a Budget

Having a great garden is a really good feature for any home. Not only is it a great place to relax and socialize, having a good garden area is also a key selling point if you are thinking about putting your property on the market. If you’re considering doing up your garden and making some improvements, there are quite a few things you can do without having to spend a whole heap of cash. Obviously, if you have the budget available then hiring in a professional would be your best option, but if the budget is tight then it’s a good idea to have a crack at things yourself.

Gardening and landscaping need not be complicated, and with a bit of pre-planning and effort you should be able to make a big difference yourself. If you are new to gardening and would never consider yourself to be ‘green fingered’, then take a look through some of our ideas below and hopefully they can help you on your way!

The Lawn

The grass area of your garden is probably the biggest section, so it’s likely to be the first area of attack. If you’ve got a healthy growth of grass, then you will probably only need to give it a cut and trim around the borders to make it look nice and tidy. This alone will make a huge difference. But if you lawn is in poor condition, you might need to grow some new grass to fill in some patches. If you’re doing things on a budget then your best option by far is planting grass seed. It will take longer to see the results than using turf, but you will definitely save a huge amount of money as grass turf can be quite expensive.

Construct an Eating Area

Photo by Kendyl Young

Every good garden has a clear focus point, and if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where the weather is kind, having an al fresco eating area is a great way to provide a focus area for your garden. Try to separate this from the rest of the garden by laying some paving, or for a cheaper option you could lay some bark chips or gravel. If you’re the sort of person who is willing to hunt around for second hand bargains, all sorts of garden furniture can be found relatively cheaply.

General Maintenance

Quite often, all that is needed to make a big difference is a simple tidy up. You should probably start your gardening project by spending a day going round the garden and tidying up any mess, and removing any weeds or unwanted plant life. Moving forwards, it’s worth keeping on top of general maintenance tasks such as cutting the lawn, removing weeds and having a regular tidy up as this will make a huge difference to the appearance of your garden. Try to avoid letting things develop and spend a little bit of regular time working on the garden. If you can do this, you should save yourself a lot of unnecessary work and headaches in the long run!

About the Author: About the Author: About the Author: Deborah Smith works for British Antique Replicas, selling a range of high end reproduction furniture including office desks, dining tables and more.

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