Doing up your garden can be very expensive, and if it’s not something you’re overly passionate about, but yours does need a makeover, then there are some ways to make it a lot easier and cheaper, so here goes.
Make a Plan
The first thing you need to do is to draw up a plan of the garden so that you can think about how to use the space as effectively as possible. Using bushes, plants, bamboo etc. can cordon areas off and create privacy and architecture – be creative but realistic.
A rockery can add definition and help to landscape the garden, but it can also be expensive for what is essentially lumps of rock so if you want to do this on the cheap then try salvaging a crumbling, old dry stone wall that you can dismantle. Then, if you dig a hole for a pond or pool, you can use the excavated earth as a mound to support your rockery. Planting herbs between the rocks will help it to look more natural, give your garden a lovely smell and keep you in herbs too. You can get some lining for the pond and a small water pump relatively cheap, and you can even build the pond yourself, be careful when mixing water and electricity.
Use Whatever You Can Find
Salvaged or reclaimed patio slabs are a cheap option for creating a path or even a small alfresco area. Old, wooden crates can also be put together to create a big vegetable patch or used as individual planter boxes.
Grass seed is cheaper than turf and can look fantastic. You’ll need to turn over the earth in the garden, but you can do this and remove all the weeds at the same time as you’ll want to do that anyway. Get a Topsoil, Mulch and Stone Delivery as this can Decrease weed problems and help add nutrients to your soil.
To plant some decent plants, you need to make sure that you keep your soil moist so don’t wait for your plants to start wilting before you water them as this can harm their health and will reduce what they harvest. It’s essential to stay on top of the watering consistently. As well as this, you should also make sure that you water at the best times of the day. These are usually early morning and evening because these are the times when less water evaporates as it has a chance to soak into the soil before the sun comes out. Get exciting and adventurous in the garden and plant something different like watermelons, cucumbers, gourds, squashes and sweet potatoes which can be planted under taller plants like corn, sorghum, and sunflowers and can help you make the most of your space and keep the soil fresh. Trellises are also beautiful, and they are great for providing shade.
Have Some Fun
Finally, have fun with it. There’s some seriously hard labour involved but keep thinking about sipping that ice-cold beer on a summers evening in your new garden – it helps!