Garden Revamp on a Budget

Garden Revamp on a Budget

Those of us who are lucky enough to have a garden may have noticed that the past year has given your garden a run for its money. However, few things make us realise how much a garden needs a refurb quite like spending a lot of time in it. Sadly, though, garden refurbishments can quickly become pricey. That is, unless you know some good quality life hacks for decorating. So, for those of us who are after changing up a garden a bit, without breaking the bank, this is the article for you.

How Do You Transform a Garden on a Budget?

We’re glad you asked! While every TV show on the planet wants everyone to believe you have to be earning 6-figure incomes to get the garden you want, that’s actually not the case. Instead, it’s about working smart and not being afraid to roll your sleeves up. All of the ideas given here are based on DIY projects for your garden. This way, no matter how large or small your garden is, you stay in complete control of the costs.

Updating your garden doesn’t need a loan – but it can be hard work. If you’ve got back problems or other health concerns, definitely get some help if you can. Otherwise, we’d recommend taking it slowly. The great thing about gardens is that, once they’re updated, all you need to do is top-up and trim!

First Thing’s First

You need to get an idea of the space you’re working with. A “small” garden for some might actually be half an acre. But working with what you’ve got is important. For many of us mere mortals, the garden is simply a square of concrete at the back of our terrace. And finding new ways to change up limited space can seem like a nightmare. Luckily, these options are suitable for all sorts of sizes. The only thing you need to worry about is making room for yourself, and adjusting as necessary.

If you’ve got a garden of a couple of square meters, be aware that it can be harder to find the sun. While this isn’t necessary for enjoying your garden, the last thing you need is to use up the only patch that gets the sun, on decorations or a plant bed that can go without. So, keep an eye on where the sun falls in your garden, and adjust these tips to suit.

Tips for Refurbishing a Garden on a Budget

These tips are based on the idea that you may be lacking in space. If you don’t, feel free to change these up a little to better suit your needs. Similarly, there’s minimal upkeep necessary, here. So, if you like a garden that requires more frequent care, do feel free to alter our advice to better suit your needs.

#1 Repaint the Fences or Walls of Your Garden

The biggest fashion trend at the moment is to paint your garden fences black, or dark grey. Why? Because it makes the colours of your garden stands out! If you’ve got a particularly square or smaller garden, you can also create a feature wall using different colours. This is ideal if you have a garden that’s wider than it is long, or vice versa.

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Another option is to go with a teal colour or one that’s a lighter pastel. It might seem counterintuitive – and it will require the standard yearly redo – but it can lovely once it’s finished. These lighter colours are also brilliant if you’re looking for an option to meet the needs of a smaller garden. While black can make a garden feel smaller, a lighter colour will open it up.

#2 Use Your Wall Space

There’s no law that says all of your planters and pots need to be on the ground. Indeed, mentally we measure space but how much floor space there is. So, lifting items off the ground onto the walls will provide the illusion that your garden is bigger than it actually is. As an added bonus, if you decide to try out your green thumb, you can add fruit and veg to these. When you do this, you’re less likely to get cats peeing on your edibles, or little creatures eating your hard work.

How to refurbish a garden
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A great way of doing this is to utilise wall hangers – but there’s also the option of creating your own. Enter the old favourite – the wood pallet. You can break down a pallet (or any other piece of wood) and rebuild it to create planters, such as those in the image above. This option is ideal for those in rented accommodation, as you can refurb your garden, without the worry of pulling everything up and getting into trouble.

#3 Think About The Birds and The Bees

With the decline of bees being such a burden at the moment, and the dangers that come with our concrete jungles, it’s important to consider the needs of our wildlife friends, when refurbishing your garden. If you’re looking to give your garden a revamp, why not consider the needs of the birds and bees, as you go? We’ve even got a how-to guide on making the most out of your garden, for your buzzing friends.

You can easily and quickly create or buy a birdhouse for your garden. Just pop it up – possibly against your wall planters – and make some tasty bird food. You might also see some additional creatures stop by for dinner. Including squirrels or a mouse, depending on your placement.

#4 Reinvigorate the Flooring

If you’ve got wooden decking, be sure to use a pressure washer to shift the build-up of dirt and muck that accumulates through the year. Once you’ve done this, get out your Cuprinol. This paint is designed to handle the general wear and tear of being out in the elements. But the biggest benefit is the range of colours it comes in.

You can choose from darker colours, to make your garden items pop. Or, go for traditional browns if you prefer that rustic style. Although many are going for lighter colours, as it makes your garden seem larger. Just be aware that these often need more frequent cleaning.

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For those with stone flooring, a great way to change up the flooring is through a stencil. Firstly, you’ll need to grab yourself some decent outdoor masonry or stone paint. This option from StoneLux is a great choice, as it comes with a primer. Using the primer first will help your paintwork to last longer and withstand the weather for longer.

Next, grab yourself a stencil like this option on Amazon. It comes in a range of sizes, so choose the option that you think best suits your garden stones. Then use your primer, allow this to dry. Once it’s dry (usually 24h is long enough), use the same stencils and go over them again, with your stonework paint. Then wait another 24h for this coat to dry. Voila! You now have a new garden feature and have refurbed your garden on the cheap!

#5 Add the Right Furniture and Accessories

We would say go all out, at this point, and add loads of items. But that would make your garden look a little overdone. Especially if your garden is smaller, or you don’t use it as much. In the end, it will just become a great hang-out for spiders. So, instead, opt for the right furniture and accessories to update your garden.

Photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas from Pexels

If you like the idea of a colourful garden, using some metal wall art with aspects of glass will work beautifully. If you’ve opted for black fencing, why not add a pop of colour with some string lights? Show off your new flooring by using patio furniture. Just be sure to choose ones that can easily be stored away when not in use. Your garden doesn’t have to be a disco – but just a hint of the good stuff is all your need, once you’ve taken care of the basics.



Editor-in-chief, lover of UX/UI and copywriter by trade. Wendy can usually be found ranting to herself over on Twitter, educating herself about health and wellness, parenting or gaming. Luckily, she doesn't do all of these things at the same time - though you'd be surprised how often they cross over.

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