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Cheap and Easy Upgrades for Your Backyard and Garden

Are you happy with the way your garden and backyard look? Or are you dreaming of upgrading them and turning your outdoor area into a dream outdoor area? People are usually reluctant to renovate, redecorate, and upgrade their garden because they’re convinced it will cost a fortune to do it. While some might be right (you can certainly spend a small fortune on a renovation process if you put your mind to it). It doesn’t have to be the case with you. If you’re looking for cheap and easy upgrades to transform your backyard and garden, we’ve got you covered.

Paint to the rescue

You wouldn’t believe us if we told you just how much a fresh coat of paint can change the way a place looks. A repainted old fence will suddenly provide a stunning backdrop for your herbs, greenery, and colorful plants. If you’re wondering about the color, we suggest you go for the drama and paint everything black. The unusual color gives a striking contrast with the greenery and soft-colored flowers. It will become your favorite thing to look at. If black is too dark for you, feel free to go with good old white. White looks nice at all times and is much more conventional. So it’s great for those who like to play safe.

Grow from seed

By far the cheapest way to get a beautiful, lush garden is to grow everything by seed, lawn, and flowers alike. Many decide not to do this. It takes a lot of time and patience until everything grows, but if you’re looking to save money, it pays off by being patient. Seeing as turf really isn’t cheap and considering how difficult it can be to lay, growing from seed seems like a really smart move. When you choose to seed, you get much better control over the species of seed. Also, it’s good to remember that if you decide to sow in the spring, you won’t actually have to wait too long for it to fully grow.

Soft lights for ambiance

There is nothing quite like soft lights to make your backyard and garden look like a scene from a fairy tale. You can always start by lighting candles on the table or putting them in mason jars all around. The open flame is risky to have around plants, so you might better go with the alternative. Fairy lights are great because they are small, affordable, and can really add ambiance. If fairy lights aren’t really your things, you can buy garden solar lights online and pick the ones that best match your décor and style.  Because they are powered by the sun all day, they will last well after sunset and transform your garden into a hidden fairy home.

Build pallet planters

If you have old pallets lying around, or you know where you can get a few for very little money. You can build your own planters which could also double as privacy screens. They are very easy to build. Even if you don’t have a lot of DIY knowledge and experience, you won’t find them too difficult to manage. The good thing about pallet planters is that they are incredibly versatile. You can paint them any color or even leave them as they are for a bit more rustic look. Fill them with small flowers if you’re hoping to add a bit of color to your backyard. Or plant herbs if you want to grow something you can actually use in your home. If you’re hoping to use these planters as privacy screens, we suggest you plant taller plants so they can add another privacy layer to your home.

Plant perennials

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to get loads of beautiful flowers for your flowerbeds, why not try planting perennials? These not only look good but can be divided and replanted. It means that you only have to buy one or two at first. Over time, as they grow, you’ll be able to divide them and fill all of your flowerbeds for a fraction of the cost. While you might be reluctant to do it on your own. If you’re just starting your gardening journey, you’ll soon realize how easy it is. Dividing will work great with those clump-forming perennials: hardy geraniums, geums, or even astrantia. All you have to do is get the plant out of its pot and simply pull it apart. Divide it into two or three smaller bits, make sure all have stalks and roots, and plant them in a hole. Rinse and repeat the following year.

Potting table from an old cabinet

If you have an old freestanding kitchen unit taking up your space indoors, why not upcycle it into something you can actually use outside? Old cabinets can easily become potting tables. There you can carefully and lovingly replant and report your precious herbs and flowers. All you have to do is add a couple of simple modifications and you’ll be good to go. First things first – a fresh coat of paint will give the old cabinet a new life. If you want, you could also look into changing the worktop. You can get a nice surface with a lip that will stop soil from falling down, making you have to clean it up. By also adding hooks to the side, you will be able to reach trowels and other tools easily. There will be plenty of room to stash compost, pots, and seeds inside.

Remember that you will have to invest something into your garden and backyard renovation process. If you’re hoping to save money, be prepared to roll up your sleeves and dirty up your hands. Of course, not every DIY project is going to be messy, but still, you should know that working on things will get you a better understanding of things around your home and yard. And when you finish a few inexpensive projects, you will realize that you are much closer to having the ultimate outdoor retreat right out your back door. 

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