No-cost garden makeover

No-cost garden makeover

Ideas to give your garden a fresh look without spending a penny.

Bold ideas and a bit of digging can reap great rewards even when a trip to the garden centre is just too expensive.

Bursts of colour
Carefully dig up flowers and shrubs and replant them in clusters with similar colours to maximize the impact of what you’ve got.

Creating paths
If you have a path already, enhance its look by keeping the edges well-defined and trimmed back, and keeping moss or weeds out of the gaps between paving stones. Or gather together a few good-sized stones and hunks of brick to map out a path or create a ‘curb’ where your lawn ends and flowerbeds begin.

Recycling old gardening tools
If you have old forks and rakes that aren’t up to rigorous use around the garden anymore, use these as uprights to support climbing plants.


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Wall décor
If your outside walls could do with a lick of paint but you don’t have any spare stone or outdoor paint in the shed, consider using an old beaded curtain in front of the wall to add colour.

Ditch the old shed
If you don’t have the money to replace that wobbly old shed, consider relocating its contents and simply getting rid of it until you have the funds for a new one. You’ll be amazed how much better and more spacious your garden will look if you clear it away. Use some of the wood to create your own veg patch.

Savvy tip
Cuttings swap. Refresh your flowerbeds by asking friends for cuttings of plants from their gardens and offering some of yours in return.

Pass it on – 5 garden do’s and don’ts
Even when you do have to spend money, don’t splash the cash when it’s not needed – check these time-saving, money-saving tips from our expert landscape gardener.

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by adding small gravel round your plants any rain goes under gravel helping plants survive in hot weather

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when our old washing machine packed in, i took out the stainless steel drum and turned it so the hole for loading it pointed skywards and stuck it in the garden. I added a broken toilet lid propped against the fence and filled it with trailing plants. It looks great in summer filled with white and blue lobelia, like water over flowing. The steel glints like diamond when the sun hits it and its always a talking point with friends. I call it my superloo!

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Raised beds in garden are way forward to save backbreaking gardening. Great to get kids into growing veg projects.

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Fed up with weeds growing between the patio stones? Dilute Jeyes fluid, about 1 part to 4 parts of water in a watering can. Use this to wash down the patio and paths. Leave on for an hour or so whilst out shopping. Rinse off, relax, it does all the work for you. Used regularly it keeps the stones free from moss so you won't slip in wet weather. Just remember to use rubber gloves and keep an old watering can just for this. The patio stays smelling fresh for days.

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A herb patch near the kitchen is good to look at and will save you money on buying fresh herbs. Some old items like watering cans can be repurposed to make pots.

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