If you have a garden then you will know how important it is for you to keep it maintained. After all, if you don’t keep on top of things outside your property then this will cause you to lose out on your home’s value and of course it will make your home look more unappealing in general. Gardens can get out of control pretty quickly, especially in the summer months, but the cost of doing anything about it could be putting you off getting started.
There are a few tricks that will help to save money when sprucing up your garden. Read on to discover some varied, but worthwhile tips.
Why spend a small fortune on compost when you can easily make your own? Simply get a compost bin and fill it full of organic waste. The best thing about compost is that you don’t need to have a huge yard and you also don’t need to worry about having a large composting area either. You can make the pile as big or as small as you’d want and you can even add things like grass clippings, twigs and any kitchen waste that you have as well. It’s completely free for you to do and you can even get rid of a lot of waste by doing this so you won’t have any problems at all there. Sure, the compost will take up to a year to make, but when you stay on top of your supply, you can easily have enough to last you for as long as you need.
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Grow your own potatoes
If you fancy a vegetable patch, but there’s not enough room, then try and grow one easy thing like potatoes. You can easily use burlap sacks to grow your own potatoes and they can go anywhere in the garden! The best thing about utilising space in your garden to grow your own food is that you’ll save money as well as knowing exactly where your food has come from. This is a great way for you to save money on your shopping bills, create more greenery in the garden whilst they grow and have something to enjoy doing too. Even if you don’t have a grass area you can grow the potatoes outside your backdoor on a patio or even on your decking.
Propagation is a fantastic way for you to grow the number of plants that you have. So many people go out and buy tons of plants every single year and this can cost a small fortune. If you want to avoid this, while also saving money, then consider taking clippings from the plants that you have. You can also layer them, divide them or sprout them on some damp kitchen roll. There are so many ways for you to propagate your own plants and when you do this from your initial batch, you won’t have to go out and spend money on new plants ever again. This may take some skill and practice but when you are able to do it efficiently, you will soon find that it is very rewarding and that your garden will look much better as a result.
If you are an experienced gardener then you will know that mulch can work wonders when used efficiently in the garden. The best thing about it is that it saves water and it stops unwanted plants from stealing the nutrients in the soil. You will also be able to cut down on the amount of weeding that you need to do and you can avoid using herbicides. Mulch actually improves the soil fertility and even the structure. If you have trees and shrubs then try and make sure that you have a 2-inch layer around your established plants as this will help to insulate the roots when the harsher weather hits. If you want to save water as well then consider investing in rainwater tanks. This is a great way for you to really make your savings go that extra mile and you can build a wooden structure around the tank if you want to make it look great.
Build your own decking
A lot of people think that decking requires some level of skill and this is most certainly the case. If you have some basic DIY knowledge however then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to install it yourself. When you do your own decking, the only thing that you have to pay out for is the materials and when you have done this, there are no more expenses. Normally you would have to pay for labour, someone to varnish and in some instances a care and maintenance plan. When you DIY you can take care of it all yourself and there are so many tips out there that will help you to lay your decking perfectly and without any issues at all.
Don’t impulse buy
It is so important that you avoid impulse buying. This includes plants and even shrubbery as well. You also need to make sure that you do a good amount of research. It helps to make sure that the plants you are buying can be grown in your soil and it also helps to make sure that you have the right sunlight for them as well. When you buy products, you also need to ensure that there are no cheaper alternatives on the market as well. After all, you don’t need top of the range shears when you are only doing maintenance every couple of years and you don’t have to worry about paying out for a super rare type of mint or basil when you don’t even use them in the kitchen anyway. When you do take all of this into consideration, you will soon find that renovating your garden is cheaper than ever before. Buy things you know will suit your garden and opt for cheaper stores like The Range for great plants at a fraction of the cost of premium garden centres.
When it comes to the garden, it is super important that you plan out exactly what you want to do and why. This includes any extensions you want to do from the home, such as a conservatory or even decking. You also need to think about the shade that this is going to provide, how that is going to affect the garden and more. When you have done this, you can then be sure to make the best decisions regarding your garden. You don’t want to be spending a fortune on a new patio and plants only to demolish it all for a new extension! Plan wisely!
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