9 Cost-Friendly Garden Hacks

9 Cost-Friendly Garden Hacks

The following contribution is from another author.

Beautiful and serene gardens can always lift the mood. The colors, fragrance and design all appeal to the senses. In addition, that patch of green in your front yard or backyard provides positive impact on the environment through composting and shelter for local animal life. As a hobby, your garden offers a stress-relieving and relaxing activity.

And you need not spend too much to turn your outdoor greenery into a sanctuary of sorts. How much you spend, naturally, will depend on the size of your garden and your goals for that space.

Here are some budget-friendly fixes that can help you make your outdoor space look gorgeous while saving cash.

Clean Your Garden, Lawn, or Patio

First, make sure that your garden is clean. If you have a patio, clean up the dirt that has built upon the floor, the walls, and in between bricks. Throw away any old boxes or cardboard lying around.

Fertilize Your Lawn

Next, fertilize your lawn to give back life to your garden. You can buy it from the store, order online, or make your own.

To make your own fertilizer, you can also use wood ash you can find from your own fireplace, or green tea (1 teabag to 9 liters of water).

You can also use used coffee grounds and then dry them completely. Next, you can sprinkle them around the base of your plants. Use the coffee ground fertilizer for more plants that like things to be acidic.

Remove Weeds

Weeds are a sign that a garden is being neglected. To keep out weeds, you must allot time removing or cutting them from the root.

You can also buy weedkillers online or in your local shops, but if you want to save cash, then you can create these remedies at home yourself. Just use a combination of salt and vinegar, spray and pour it on the weed and it will do the trick.

Define the Shape of Your Lawn

One of the cost-effective ways to spruce up your garden is to cut the lawn in a shape that’s clearly defined. For example, a square or a circle. Mark the shape that you want with a string and then cut away the extra grass. It’s not very hard and it will only take you less than a day to finish.

Repaint Your Pots

You can change the look and theme of your garden by repainting old plant pots. Create unique patterns and designs that will bring life back to your space. Your plants will also look more alive.

Invest in Plants that Last Longer

Invest in plants that live longer and flowers that bloom year-round. Examples are bougainvillea, hibiscus, crossandra, jasmine, periwinkle and some perennial plants. They not only look amazing but will last longer. Browse the plants that are right for your weather conditions and will look great in your garden space.

Always group your plants around a theme to make everything look cohesive.

Repaint Your Fence

Your fence influences the look and feel of your entire garden so painting it will give your space a totally different look.

Choose whatever color you want, but keep in mind that you want your plants and the whole garden to stand out, so choose a color or shade that will complement the theme and look of your garden.

Install Roofing and Mirrors

If you want to make your garden or patio a space that you can treat as a sanctuary then you can put roof panels that will cover the area you or your guests will occupy frequently. Use polycarbonate roofing sheets because they’re not only lightweight, but they can also stand low and high temperatures as well.

Meanwhile, you can hang mirrors on your patio or in your yard to make the space look bigger than it actually is.

If your garden is sizable, you could also consider building a cozy, well-designed sunroom.

Clean or Add Garden Furniture

Garden furniture will give your garden a whole new look. May it be putting a new table and chair set, or cleaning the seat cushions, it will certainly make the garden look cozier and livelier.

Gardening is an Art

Before you go ahead and apply any changes, try to drive around your neighborhood or browse the web for garden designs that catch your eye. Take what you love and check if the elements can be applied to your own garden. Your garden can be a highlight of your home. Take your time so that you can make it as beautiful and comfortable as it can be.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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