Despite what all those garden makeover shows would try to have us believe you don´t have to have expensive paving and decking, water features, garden paths, and state of the art lighting to make your garden a beautiful haven for you and your family to enjoy. Back in the day it was the actual plants that were the stars of the show in the garden.
It all seems very easy to sit on our couch watching a team of experts transforming a weed infested plot into a luxury garden with no expense spared, but in reality, making a garden took amazing doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg and gardening doesn’t always have to require a green thumb.
Learn the Basics before you start
If you’re new to gardening then it’s important that you study up on the basics before you start, to avoid making any costly mistakes. You can get any information you need from the internet or from reading gardening books.
Grow your own plants
Growing your own plants from seeds or from clippings is something that anyone can learn to do with very little cost. Start with something easy that germinates fast, most seeds are best started off in a container rather than planted directly into the soil as it is easier to control the growing environment in a container. Growing your own plants can take time but it will save you a fortune compared to buying pre-grown plants.
Get rid of weeds
One of the biggest battles of gardening is tackling weeds, they seem to appear out of nowhere and once pulled they seem to come back with a vengeance. Herbicides should be a last resort for weed control, but if it seems like you’re down on your hands and knees pulling weeds every other day, it may be a good option. Make sure to be careful when using herbicides as it may damage your surrounding vegetation. Not every herbicide will kill every weed
Colour it in
One of the easiest ways to add colour to your garden id to overhaul a flowerbed. If there is space in your garden that is looking a little bit drab, plant some new flowers in there this year. Choose a variety of colours for lots of contrast and interest.
Another way to add some extra pop of colour to a garden is to buy or paint a colourful planter or two. It doesn’t really matter what kind of planter you buy but raised planters are useful if you want to grow delicate flowers or fruits and vegetables as the raised part will give them more protection against pets. Also, if you have any old pot plants, you could just give them a new paint job and add them to the garden.
Feed your lawn
It’s recommended that you should fertilise your lawn a few times a year, usually this only takes a couple of hours’ maximum depending on the size of your lawn. Fertiliser makes the grass look a lot healthier by preventing weeds, filling up patches and by making the lawn more resistant to foot traffic, pests and pets. Fertilisers can be picked up pretty cheaply from Bunnings or local gardening stores and are an easy way to make lawns look greener and healthier.
Paint your fence
An old worn down fence can make garden look a bit withered and sad, so invest a weekend into bringing it back to life. A new coat of paint can make all the difference and it doesn’t have to be plain white or brown either. Check out your local paint stores for other colours that might appeal to you.
Just like adding new towels to the bathroom, different curtains to a bedroom or new cushions to a couch, you can update your garden by adding new accessories such as small outdoor furniture, cheap bird baths or even just a new candle holder for the patio table. There are plenty of garden supply stores around the city to pick up outdoor accessories on a budget such as Cottage Garden Nursery or Brookfield Garden Centre.