Do you have a garden or yard area that is in dire need of an upgrade? Then you are in for a treat. Most homeowners put off upgrading their gardens because it costs a lot of money. But in this article, we’ll give you some great tips and tricks that cost little to no money, and only requires a bit of your time and a truckload of creativity!
Check out these fun DIY tricks that can also be fun bonding activities for the whole family, or with your friends and roomies.
5 DIY Ways to Upgrade Your Garden
Here, we’re listing down 5 DIY ways to improve your garden or yard without breaking the bank.
1. Use Color to Your Advantage
First things first – before we go crazy on installations and fixtures, take a good look at your garden. Maybe it just needs a pop of color. If it does, then you’ll be thrilled with how much you can spruce it up without doing too much.
For one, you can add a colored wooden planter – or make one yourself. You can upcycle your current or old ones and paint them with your favorite colors. If you plan on doing a lot, going for a theme is a good idea. We love going either really bold or really mellow: go for bright, bold hues or chill summer pastels!
Place them on either your patio or directly on the lawn. All kinds of planters will work, but we recommend raised planters if you’re planning on growing fruits, veggies, or even flowers. This is because the raised design protects them from pets and pests.
2. Nourish Your Land
Now that we’ve taken care of the color problem. Check if your garden is looking sad because it’s actually sad. Pros say that watering your lawn isn’t enough. They recommend fertilizing at least once, and as much as four times, yearly. It will depend on the size of your garden, and it will take a chunk of your time.
But it’s well worth it! Fertilizing gives the grass a natural vibrancy. It eliminates bald patches, stops weeds from sprouting, and protects it from constant damage caused by pets, pests, and being stepped on. A lot of fertilizers can be found in supermarkets, gardening stores, and DIY stores. It doesn’t cost a lot, but it will require a bit of dedication and time. Do it – your garden will love you for it, and you’ll appreciate the difference it can make!
Another thing is to remove old tree stumps to make more space for your plants or crops. You need to get yourself a quality small stump grinder, and research the right way to remove the stump, but it’ll be all worth it in the end. You’ll remove an eyesore on your property and free up some valuable space for more important things. Be sure to get your tools from a reputable stump grinder supplier to get the job done right.
3. Illuminate the Area
Lighting can go a long way in adding character to any area of the home. It also allows you to enjoy summer nights outside on your patio. There are a lot of garden lighting fixtures to choose from. It is up to you to pick between solar-powered ones and battery-operated lights. Solar powered lighting obviously is healthier for the environment, and will save you money in the long run.
Get your pick from traditional lamps, tea lights, or even ground lighting. You can also drape string lights over your patio furniture or around plants and bushes to add a nice touch. Now your garden is going to be the perfect date night venue, or a nice place to hang with friends over some drinks.
4. More Color!
Paint your shed and fence to save them from a stale look. Any old and battered shed or fence will be breathed new life by a simply dab of paint. Use the same theme of colors you used with your planters, to create a sense of continuity!
However, don’t forget to sand down and scrub down the fence or shed before painting — otherwise the paint won’t hold and you are going to waste energy and money. We love a blue and white theme going if you’re a fan of beachside vibes. This way you’ll feel like it’s summer all year long.
5. Gardens Need Accessories, Too!
Finally, add some finishing touches to your lawn. Throw some colorful, vibrant cushions or pillows in the patio or lounge area. Inexpensive accessories like candle holders can create a huge difference, too. Add vintage bird baths, watering cans, or barbecue set to make your garden more homey and warm.
Another trend is to add metal decorations for the outdoors. Splash a fresh dab of paint on them, and place them on your lawn or patio. Rusty outdoor furniture will also work wonders! They create a vintage and welcoming vibe!