Improving Your Garden Aesthetic With Little Investment
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Our gardens are often the loveliest spaces we have, and the most dynamic. This is of course dependant on the fact that you spend time maintaining it, and perhaps planning new directions for its upkeep and aesthetic from time to time. But for those who enjoy tending to their garden already, is it possible to upgrade your garden aesthetic with little investment?
Of course, some investment will be necessary, both in time and supplying materials. But is it possible to craft a beautiful garden that doesn’t quite need thousands of dollars to look good? How about maintaining the garden to avoid the need for future investment? Of course, this might be a challenge to hit two birds with one stone like this, but it’s a healthy challenge that is well-placed in the already difficult focus of restoring and replenishing a garden.
Not only can this prove an excellent exercise in frugality, but it can also give you the means to learn new gardening skills, to act within a limit, and to fill your summer with joy.
Please, consider our advice:
Sell & Replace, Or Upkeep Garden Furniture
Garden furniture is by far one of the best means of texturing a garden, and it can often be a great utility for summer barbecues, to help you relax and read, or to simply give you somewhere to sit down after a long day of gardening and applying the upcoming advice in this list. Of course, garden furniture can help a garden look wonderfully visually, even if it’s never put into use.
It’s likely that you have garden furniture somewhere in your garden. Unfortunately, if it’s been left out for too long without covers in the winter, or if weather conditions have spurred this on, rust and mold can often enclose the furniture depending on its material. This is where it can be tremendously worthwhile to sell and replace that garden furniture for something much more worthwhile and modern-looking. The sale of the previous items should help displace the cost of new implements, provided you take care of them after they arrive. Second-hand garden furniture is often quite sought after, so you should have no trouble finding a place to offer it. If you feel you can reupholster it, it can also be worth doing that. Taking it to a professional reupholstery surface or simply sanding and varnishing the wood can give it a new lease of life.
If you achieve this, hey presto! You have managed to once again texture your garden with something that feels new, something that can help improve your garden aesthetic with its focus. Who knows, this might also translate to more enjoyable summer meals taken outside with the family.
Reuse Certain Materials
It can also be very worthwhile using odds and ends you’re throwing out or have found around the house to influence your design. Reusing certain materials can go a long way here. For example, it could be that you’re interested in reusing certain materials from around the house. This would seem like a great idea, and it is. You just need to know how to apply it.
This can also provide another two-birds-one-stone opportunity. Let us use a specific example to see how this might work. It could be that you have an old shed in the garden. It’s somewhat dangerous due to how long it’s been there. You know storing items inside is tantamount to heavy risk, because it could potentially fall down at any moment without much in the way of a warning.
However, the construction of the shed itself could yield very many materials. First, wooden planks can be sanded, varnished, and potentially used to help add as borders for your flower beds or vegetable patch. Perhaps they can line the garden pathway you’re thinking of creative. Perhaps cut planks could serve as the arms for the novelty scarecrow you hope to make. Reusing certain materials can go a long way to helping you save money.
But that might not be all there is. Perhaps slabs providing the floor of the shed could once again remain integrated into the garden path. Perhaps you could use the somewhat disintegrated shell of the shed could now be used as a platform to hold your compost in. This kind of creative thinking can often go a long way when it comes to reusing certain materials, and you’re sure to be proud of yourself for thinking of such solutions. If you look at everything with this in your minds eye, you could implement opportunities much better than this illustrative example we have given you.
Moving Items Around
Child’s climbing frames, sheds, furniture, they can all be worthwhile to have in your garden, but they can also put plenty of pressure on the grass there. It can sometimes be worthwhile to move these implements around from time to time, to let the ground breathe a little and allow for the greenery to grow back as expected. This is a little change, but if you do this annually or perhaps slightly more frequently, then your turf will need less replacement or extensive healing measures over the years. It’s worth keeping in mind.
Upcycle Home Furniture
It can sometimes be that we wish to bring implements from the home out into the garden. For example, an old, relatively defunct cabinet or chest of drawers could be used as a potting table in your shed, or perhaps a place where you store all of your plant pots and potential seeds. Having a localized place for your tools like this can be a tremendous benefit.
We have recently discussed how you might use old slaps or planks to help aesthetically direct someone through your garden. But there are many other materials you might use. Bricks come to mind as a solid one. Dug into the garden and then secured with the displaced earth, you could potentially craft beautiful borders around flowers or provide the grounding for the path you hope to build.
With all this advice, we simply hope you are able to renew your garden with little spending.