In these strange lockdown days, those of us lucky enough to have a garden are almost certainly making the most of it – whether it’s doing yoga on the grass, having BBQs or encouraging the kids to let off some steam!
But if your outside space is looking a little bit tired and neglected, the chances are you won’t be enticed out into it as much as you would otherwise. So, with a warm spring and summer hopefully just around the corner, here are ten quick, cheap and easy ways to make your garden as attractive and enticing as possible:
Spring clean, just like indoors
Rule number one is to have a really good old tidy up, no doubt just like you’ve done inside the house too! Sweep, rake, tidy, scrub, clip and mow. Then you can start thinking about beautifying…
Lay new turf
New grass transforms a garden almost instantly. You can order the turf for delivery quite cheaply, and most people find it relatively easy to lay.
Create a vegetable patch
A nicely laid out vegetable patch looks great, and seeds are relatively cheap. Vegetable such as spinach, rocket, radishes, lettuce and beans are all quick and easy to grow.
Encourage an evening glow
Solar-powered lights add a magical evening sparkle, and those with coloured bulbs and mini-shades can look pretty in the day too. Try hanging them between trees and along fences.
Painted pots are perfect
Displaying planted flowers and evergreens in coloured pots can truly transform even the most tired of outside areas. Place them strategically in neglected corners and along the edges of paths and patios.
Paint fencing, doors and sheds
A carefully chosen paint colour applied to a shabby old fence, door or shed can work wonders. Pastel blues, greens, greys and off-whites really brighten and sharpen up a garden’s aesthetics.
Mirror, mirror on the garden wall…
A garden mirror, especially in small, east-facing gardens, can help bounce light around, make a space look bigger and be an attractive feature.
Add some bunting
Nicely made, colourful bunting can have a similar effect to pretty solar lights. It adds a touch of the seaside, can look lovely and kids appreciate the fun effect.
Paint wooden furniture
As with old fencing, if you have wooden garden furniture that’s seen better days, a coat of garden paint will brighten it right up. Well painted furniture looks great on a newly cleaned and scrubbed patio, adding a bit of a wow factor.
Straighten and spruce up borders
You can straighten out uneven borders by cutting down into the turf edge with a shovel. Try and work along a straight line that you’ve laid down, using rope or string. Then you can dig the soil in the border, add compost, and plant your favourite flowers, perennials and shrubs.
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