8 Easy Ways to Give Your Garden an Upgrade

If ever there was a time to give your garden a makeover, it’s now. With the world on lockdown and the sun shining, the garden is a safe haven. It’s a place to get away from the news headlines and relax in your own personal paradise. The garden should be a pleasant and peaceful place to spend time, but sometimes it takes a little work to get there.

If you’ve neglected your garden recently and feel like it could benefit from an upgrade, there are plenty of ways you can fix it yourself—no need to call in the troops. Sometimes a few simple measures are all it takes.

Here are some easy DIY methods for a more spectacular garden. But don’t dawdle, summer is on its way!

  1. Clean your fence

Be honest, when was the last time you washed your garden fence? Chances are, you’ve probably forgotten what colour it used to be. Giving your fence a jet wash and a fresh coat of stain will make it look brand new again, and your garden will be unrecognisable.

  1. Paint your furniture

Is your garden full of battered old chairs and tables? Furniture is one of the main ways people engage with your garden and can make or break a first impression. All it takes to revitalise an old piece of garden furniture is a fresh coat of paint. Turn odd tables and chairs into a brand new matching set by painting them in complementary colours.

  1. String up some lights

Your garden can continue to look incredible even after the sun goes down with some strategically-placed lighting. It’s one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to transform your garden. You can string up lanterns, solar lights, or even an old set of fairy lights from absolutely anywhere, giving your garden some nighttime flair.

  1. Make a bird box

Any garden would benefit from the fluttering of wings and the sweet sound of birdsong. All it takes is a few pieces of wood, some rudimentary carpentry skills and a few spare hours. Create a simple bird box, fill it with birdseed, and you will quickly encourage all kinds of feathered friends to come calling.

  1. Make a path

Nothing transforms your garden quite like a garden path. Not only does it make your garden more aesthetically pleasing, it also breaks it up into sections, making it easier to manage. Use it to create a focal point by leading it directly to a pond, a shed, or a seating area. Different shapes and sizes of path will be more suitable depending on your garden, but with the right tools, you can knock it out in no time.

  1. Expand your garden with a mirror

Give a small garden the illusion of the space with a strategically-positioned mirror. An old mirror in an empty corner will create a focal point that makes an outdoor space look bigger than it is. And if you can get your hands on a mirror large enough to cover a whole side completely, you will effectively double the size of your garden.

  1. Recycle your junk

It’s a good time to do a bit of spring cleaning and sort out the odd bits and pieces strewn around the garage. But don’t make a trip to the tip just yet. Before you throw it out, ask yourself how you could reuse it. Disused wooden pallets can make great planters, displaying plants and flowers in a rustic style. Old glass jars can also be an attractive way to plant herbs to liven up your meals with some fresh ingredients. 

  1. Extreme measures

Transforming your garden shouldn’t break the bank, but sometimes a quick fix isn’t enough. If you want to make your yard the envy of your neighbours, there are more serious steps you could take. A hot tub can turn even the blandest of gardens into a backyard oasis and will be an excellent excuse for a garden party once the lockdown is over. There are several different styles and sizes of hot tubs for sale at reasonable prices. 

If you want to get your hands dirty, why not try making your own wood-fired pizza oven? It’s a brilliant way to add some personality to your garden, and the whole family will thank you for it. After all, who doesn’t love pizza? A relatively recent trend, making a homemade pizza oven is easier than it sounds. With the right equipment, you can do it in a single weekend.

Do you have any other top tips for transforming your garden? Let us know in the comments!

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