Did you know that gardening can reduce anxiety?
There are hundreds of more benefits that come from regular gardening. But, if your garden is currently a mess of weeds and old pieces of outdoor furniture, it won’t be enjoyable to spend time in.
Why not do something rewarding with your outdoor space and spruce it up for the summer and autumn months?
In this article, we’ll look at a few cheap and cheerful garden ideas that will help make your backyard an outdoor haven. Let’s get started.
1. Do an Intensive Clean and Tidy up
There is a simple solution to your garden mess. After a few hours of cleaning and tidying up, your backyard will be transformed.
Borrow and buy the tools you need. A broom for your patio is essential, you may also require a weed killer, and a lawnmower.
Gather all old plants that have died and furniture or pieces of wood that simply can’t be used anymore. Too much waste to dispose on your own? Consider hiring a skip, check it out.
2. Invest in Cheap Plants
Depending on where you live and the local climate, the variety of plants you can buy will vary.
Ivy is a great plant to buy if you live in a colder, more humid climate. It will gracefully climb up buildings or fences.
Alternatively, look on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for people selling plants that are cheap and cheerful!
Plants are a great way to brighten up any garden. Try to buy those which are native to the area to provide animals and insects with a preferable habitat.
3. Paint Your Plant Pots
This is a very easy way to brighten up your garden. Decide on a color palette that you’d like to follow and bring it to life.
Will you choose autumnal colors, more natural greens and browns, or bright, colorful pastels and neons?
Buying cheap plant pots in a neutral color will enable you to spend an afternoon painting and getting crafty with your kids. Then, pot your new plants and brighten up your backyard!
4. String Up Fairy Lights
The right lighting can make your backyard feel like a magical place to relax and unwind. Either string up some solar-powered fairy lights or buy some outdoor candles.
Alternatively, you may want to splash some extra cash and choose outdoor lighting in the form of festoon lamps. These are very chic!
Don’t use indoor lights outside as they won’t be weather resistant and you could end up with a hefty electrician bill.
5. Start Growing Your Own Food
By eating more meat-free and dairy-free meals, we can seriously reduce our impact on the planet. But, why not also grow your own food?
This is a great way to teach kids where their food comes from. If you don’t have kids, its a relaxing way to also do your bit for the planet.
If you have any food or plants leftover, then why not also share it with the neighbors? You’ll be reducing your shopping bill and reducing how often you drive to the store.
It’s easy to get started but you will need to research when and how to plant your veg in order for them to grow.
6. Find Comfortable Furniture
This is where you may need to spend a little more money. Alternatively, keep a close eye out for local ads of people selling old furniture.
Choose materials such as plastic or metal that will last for a long time. Then, you can create cushions for your furniture to make them more comfortable.
If you create a comfy, outdoor seating area then you are much more likely to spend time here entertaining or relaxing.
Alternatively, if you already have wooden garden furniture that is crumbling, why not spruce it up with some sandpaper, paint, and varnish?
7. Create a Path with Old Materials
Have you recently been working on your home and have interesting, unused debris? Consider laying a path using some of the unused bricks that you have spare!
Check out some inspiration online before you begin creating an ornamental pathway. You may even want to use mosaic patterns to create a beautiful walkway.
8. Hang a Bird Feeder
Although you may notice that the squirrels also help themselves to the food you leave out, a bird feeder is a great way to keep the local birds fed.
You can create your own bird feeder using something as simple as a cup and saucer. Alternatively, you may want to buy a cheap but cheerful feeder from your local shop.
Either way, you’ll find that the new birds visiting your garden will brighten up your day and give you a reason to look out of the window!
9. Invest in Outdoor Soft Furnishings
Rather than pulling up your patio or smashing your decking to pieces, why not instead cover up any unsightly fading or small blemishes with an outdoor rug?
Rugs are becoming more and more popular for outdoors as they are a great way to bring color and comfort to your outdoor space.
Choose a rug that has a pattern to draw attention to it. Then, choose cushions for your outdoor seating which match or complement the pattern.
Cheap and Cheerful Garden Ideas Are Neverending
If you want to turn your backyard into a peaceful escape from the rest of the world, then start with a few of the ideas on this list!
You won’t be disappointed when a sunny day comes around and you can sit outside with a glass of wine and listen to the birds and look at your beautiful creation.
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