Garden Ideas On A Budget
Landscape gardeners charge a fortune to renovate your garden and turn it into a work of art. However, there are some very simple things that anyone can implement on a budget, which will significantly alter the look of your humble garden. Here are just nine tips, among many.
Your lawn doesn’t have to be in a predictable rectangular shape but can be styled into any shape you want; circular, square, sectioned off, whatever. By carving it into a new shape, and purchasing stones, shingle, paving slabs, or gnomes to put into the freed up spaces, you could achieve a brand-new look relatively easily.
What is a garden without flowers, you many think, and yet plenty of gardens exist without them. Consider planting half a dozen geranium plants and this will transform the feel of your flower-less garden, giving it some much needed color. Other perennials, such as geums or astrantia also work well, and you don’t necessarily need that many. Alternatively, use potted plants to begin with, and later transfer them into the soil later on.
Compared to other investments we make, such as a mortgage or a car, purchasing just one or two trees is a real bargain. They’ll most likely out-live you, and the effect they can have is substantial. An ornamental cherry will provide you with beautiful blossoms each spring, while any variety of apple tree will even provide you with nourishment throughout the coming years.
The kind of lights you might put on your Christmas tree can also be used to good effect on your patio or pinned on to the top of your garden-shed. Solar-powered lights don’t even need to be plugged in, coming in all shapes and sizes. There are plastic mounted lights which you can just insert into your lawn, and which can create a wonderful runway effect, if desired.
Garden fences and sheds don’t last that long; ten years, maybe, depending on weather conditions and how well you treat the wood. By re-painting the surfaces every few years, you can both preserve the wood’s longevity and transform the ambience of your garden by choosing different colors. It’s surprising how much of a difference this will make, and how cheap it is to do.
Hardy favorites, like carrots and cabbages, grow well in nearly all types of soil. They give your garden an added dimension, provide food, and are not hard to start. You just need soil; maybe reclaimed from your lawn. If you want to grow chilis or tomatoes then a small greenhouse is a worthwhile investment. Grow bags can also be used in order to speed up the process, with pure fertilized soil being used instead of regular garden soil.
A bird feeder, bird bath, or bird house look attractive and can attract all manner of different bird species. To have a garden that is alive is worth every cent, and the sound of birds can be highly therapeutic to the senses. It’s also a wonderful way to introduce children or grandchildren to the wonders of nature.
White stones or cheaper slates can be purchased in large bags which typically cover around 20 square meters. They can be laid around the borders of your garden, underneath trees or flowers, and can even help you make a pathway across your lawn. The lighter ones can be stunning, or perhaps consider a variety of colors for artistic effect.
It doesn’t take a lot to create your own pond. Simply by digging a hole, filling with an inexpensive pond liner, and fastening the perimeter with large stones or rocks is enough. Then all you need is a few goldfish and hey presto, your own pond. Other wildlife will make their way there, and you might see some water beetles, frogs, snails and larvae… and curious children, who will love it!
You can spend as much or as little as you want on your garden, and it will be sure to make an impact. It’s also very good for your mental and physical wellbeing – just be sure to do some stretching at the end of the day.
- 10 Important Things to Consider When Planning Your Landscape Design – UF|IFAS University of Florida