7 Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Garden on a Budget

7 Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Garden on a BudgetIt’s been unusually hot here in the UK recently. And I’ve been spending a lot of time out in my garden playing with the kids. While I was out there I noticed my outdoor living space was looking a little worse for wear, and could do with being spruced up a little. But, as funds were limited, I only had a small amount of money spare to be able to spend on doing it up.

Today I thought I’d share my top 7 tips for sprucing up your garden on a budget, just in case any of you guys are feeling the same way as me. As always, I hope you enjoy it, and find it useful.

Coloured Plant Pots

01. Add a bit of colour

I always think that gardens that feature a lot of colour look amazing. And, if yours is like mine and lacks a lot of colour, why not treat yourself to a colourful wooden planter or two to fill with lovely plants? You could stand them on your lawn or patio, or even hang them on your fence. They’ll look great!

It doesn’t matter what sort of planter you buy, but the raised sort are particularly useful if you’re planning on growing delicate flowers or fruit and veg, as the raised part gives more protection against pests. If you’ve got old plant pots lying around, why not give them a new lease of life by painting them.

Painting the fence

02. Paint your fence and shed

An old crumbling fence can make your garden look a bit shabby, so when you’ve next got a free weekend why not spend some time bringing it back to life with a lick of paint?! My advice would be to sand it down first, before using an undercoat or primer as a base, then paint it in the colour of your choice. You don’t have to stick to the traditional white or brown paint either – have a look around your local DIY store and see if there’s another colour that would look great in your garden!

Your shed probably won’t need re-painting as often as your fence, as they’re usually made to stand the test of time. But if yours is looking like it’s seen better days, all you need to do is give it a quick scrub down, and a couple of coats of paint and it will look as good as new. Brilliant!

Light up your outdoor living space

03. Light up your outdoor living space

Garden lighting can add a lot of character to your garden, as well as allowing you to be able to sit out on warmer nights. These days, the choice of garden lighting from lighting suppliers is huge, and you can choose from battery-operated lamps, to solar-powered lights, and everything in between. To save money (and do your bit for the environment), solar-powered lighting is a good option. There are a huge variety available, from tea lights to lamps, and many of them can be staked into the ground, which is perfect if you’re not really in to DIY!

I use LED decking lights in my garden so the kids can see to walk down from where we sit to where their trampoline and other garden toys are without having an accident. I also like to drape string lights around a plant or two in the evening to give my garden an enchanted feeling. It’s super cheap to do and looks fantastic!

Bird having a bath

04. Add a water feature

OK guys, I’m not talking about a super fancy water feature here, as they tend to be quite pricey. But how about adding a simple water feature, such as a bird bath? Not only will it look great, but it will attract birds to your garden too. This is fab if you’ve got kids as they will love looking out for the birds as they visit your garden for a quick wash. Gardening website greenfingers.com have a lovely selection of bird baths starting from as little as £7.99!

Mowing the lawn

05. Feed your lawn

Many gardeners recommend fertilising your lawn between one and four times a year. And how long it will take depends on the size of your garden. On average, though, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours max.

Fertiliser can make your grass look a lot healthier by filling up any bare patches you may have, preventing weeds, and making the lawn more long-lasting and resistant to damage caused by people walking on it, pets and garden pests. You can pick up reasonably priced fertilisers from supermarkets, DIY stores and local garden centres. And it’s a really easy way to make your garden look greener and much more inviting.

Outdoor Table Lantern

06. Add some accessories

Just as adding colourful cushions to the lounge, new towels in the bathroom, or different bed linen in the bedroom gives each of those rooms a new lease of life, adding small, inexpensive touches to your garden will do the same thing. You could pop a candle holder on the patio table, or new cushions on the patio chairs. You’d be amazed at how different and welcoming just a small change can make!


07. De-clutter

De-cluttering shouldn’t be restricted to the house – gardens are often littered with bicycles, broken plant pots, toys and tools. Give it a good tidy-up with the usual advice – store what you might use in the shed, sell or recycle anything that’s it’s good condition but you know you won’t use again, and then bin the rest.

It really is amazing how much better your garden will look when you’ve gotten rid of anything that’s been lying around for ages that shouldn’t have been there. And I’m sure it will inspire you to sit out there more often once there’s more space!

And there you have it, 7 easy ways to give your garden a little makeover on a budget this season. I hope you found some of my ideas helpful, and I’d love to see some pictures of your finished garden if you use any of them.

Do you have any other tips for sprucing up your garden on a budget this year?
If so, let me know in the comments below.

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  1. 19/06/2017 / 8:43 pm

    I don’t have a garden of my own these days, but I love getting my parents’ one ready for summer. My sister and I are usually in charge of re-staining and conditioning all the wooden furniture, which usually takes a whole week but then it looks so nice, I don’t mind. And it doesn’t cost too much either so that’s always a plus.
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  2. 19/06/2017 / 8:47 pm

    Adding color and staining everything makes everything look fresh and new. Always clean up all the outdoor chairs and make sure everything is swept and looking nice.
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  3. 19/06/2017 / 9:10 pm

    I love it! It’s easy to forget that sometimes you don’t need new plants to spice up the garden. Sometimes you just need a makeover on that fence or to add in a nice decorative piece of some kind.

  4. 19/06/2017 / 9:20 pm

    Adding colour, colour and more colour, I love that tip 🙂 I used to have a balcony garden in my flat, and it was so plain and boring until I added some coloured planters and some coloured lights x

  5. 19/06/2017 / 9:55 pm

    These are some awesome tips I really need to try and get the garden looking a bit better this year! First thing we need is a new table.
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  6. Sarah Ann
    19/06/2017 / 11:11 pm

    I was looking for ways to spruce up my garden but was worried how much it was going to cost me. Even just painting the fence brought it to life. Still got to finish decluttering it though…you’ve motivated me!

  7. Claudia Krusch
    19/06/2017 / 11:55 pm

    These are great ways to give your garden a little change on a budget. I just picked up some nice lights to put up on sale.

  8. 20/06/2017 / 12:49 am

    I prefer perennials rather than annuals. I can buy plants once and have the same ones come back year after year, which saves me money.

  9. 20/06/2017 / 12:51 am

    I have the complete opposite of a green thumb but the tips in this post were super helpful and you know what, I might try gardening again sometime soon! Great post!

  10. 20/06/2017 / 3:18 am

    I love outdoor lighting, it really adds a lot of ambiance to an outdoor space. These are all great ideas!

  11. Jessie
    20/06/2017 / 3:36 am

    Great tips! We just moved into a brand new house and our yard is literally a blank canvas. Can’t wait to try some of these out.

  12. 20/06/2017 / 3:40 am

    I think adding colour and decluttering the garden is always super useful. I enjoyed this post and it’s something we need to work on for sure.

  13. 20/06/2017 / 3:42 am

    What awesome tips. I always say that a splash of color can make anything look new again. Gardening can definitely be done on a budget, especially if you look for plants and flowers when they are out of season/at the end of season sales.
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  14. 20/06/2017 / 4:37 am

    These are all great ways to spruce up you regarded on a budget!! Great post!!

  15. Ali Rost
    20/06/2017 / 7:46 am

    It’s been really hot here too these past few weeks, although it hasn’t stopped me from working in the garden. It’s one of my favorite things. I love the idea of adding color. I’ve planted lots of wildflowers this year and am really excited to see if they’re as pretty as promised on the package!

  16. 20/06/2017 / 9:50 am

    I fantasize about having a garden with cute lights that with jut give it that expensive and pretty look at night. My garden doesn’t look so appealing these days because I have sort of neglected it but I have started revamping it slowly and I am going to be adding lights and colour to it soon. Great tips.

  17. robin rue
    20/06/2017 / 10:47 am

    I was thinking about getting a bird bath for our garden. My husband said we didn’t need one, but I think I am just going to do it one day while he’s at work 🙂

  18. 20/06/2017 / 10:59 am

    Great ideas. We have just added a water feature and some lights, they make a massive difference!

  19. 20/06/2017 / 11:11 am

    I live in a rented house so I can’t really do any gardening, plus there is no grass out the back but I love the ideas of the colourful planters! I have a few herbs growing in black pots out the back so I am going to replant them in something bright. Great tip.

  20. 20/06/2017 / 11:31 am

    Great tips! I love how much outdoor lighting can change the feel of a garden, it’s something I definitely want to try to do more of.

  21. 20/06/2017 / 12:36 pm

    Love these ideas, it’s times like these that I really wish I had a garden to relax in x

  22. 20/06/2017 / 1:05 pm

    Totally agree with adding colour to Gardens to spruce them up and make them look more modern. We badly need to declutter ours this year!

  23. 20/06/2017 / 1:17 pm

    I have always wanted a beautiful yard and to have my own enchanted garden. Definitely would love to have lots of color and a water feature would be cool.

  24. 20/06/2017 / 2:15 pm

    These are great tips! I think painting your own fence and shes will add fun to the whole process. You get to do everything from gardening up to painting.

  25. 20/06/2017 / 2:33 pm

    Awesome ideas! It would be nice to improve the backyard and the garden. And I definitely agree with the lighting, there’s nothing like a good lighting to add life to your home especially outdoors.

  26. 20/06/2017 / 2:55 pm

    I can’t wait to garden again. Right now we are renting so gardening will probably come next summer after we move into a house we are having built. I love gardens with lots of color too! I do hope to grow some veggies with the kids though.

  27. Karlyn Cruz
    20/06/2017 / 4:10 pm

    I’m pretty sure that my mom will surely love these brilliant tips! I also like adding a deck to feel relax.

  28. Victoria Heckstall
    20/06/2017 / 4:14 pm

    These are absolutely unique and wonderful tips. My grandma always looking for the best for her garden.

  29. 20/06/2017 / 7:22 pm

    Really great tips. I want to get some garden lights for our garden they would make it look so much prettier.
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  30. 20/06/2017 / 7:52 pm

    It has been heating up here in Montreal as well! I love the idea of adding a water feature – great way to attract birds.

  31. 20/06/2017 / 7:57 pm

    Love these ideas. I have a lot of colorful flowers in my garden but I could definitely add a water feature in my garden. We have a lot of birds coming too.

  32. 20/06/2017 / 11:02 pm

    As long as you plan your plan your budget out you can spruce up anything.

  33. 20/06/2017 / 11:03 pm

    We have a smallish fence. Painted it last weekend. And all week. And this weekend. Twelve gallons of paint later, we are done. Whew.

  34. 21/06/2017 / 12:07 am

    I can’t wait to have a yard and a bird bath!! I currently have a patio with two feeders. The birds really make my day!
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  35. shannon ritchie
    21/06/2017 / 12:11 am

    Adding a water feature is a great idea, plus it is great for wildlife in hot weather! 🙂

  36. 21/06/2017 / 12:15 am

    I love these ideas! We are waiting to buy a home to start a great garden and I can’t wait! I’ve never tried before but keen to give it a go for sure! Let’s hope I have a green thumb!
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  37. 21/06/2017 / 2:06 am

    I wish I had a garden to put your ideas to good use! Great tips though, and I’m sure I’ll use them in the future!

  38. 21/06/2017 / 2:06 am

    What beautiful photos! You have inspired me to spruce up my garden now too. Can’t wait!

  39. 21/06/2017 / 2:29 am

    These are great tips! I try to spend as little as possible as I can when it comes to the flower garden, because I could easily spend a lot of money!

  40. 21/06/2017 / 3:28 am

    I realy like the outdorr lighting idea. I realized we really don’t have much.

  41. 21/06/2017 / 4:05 am

    These tips are great! I love the outdoor lighting idea! My husband and I are fixing up the landscaping around our house and are trying to find good lighting options. Awesome post!

  42. 21/06/2017 / 7:43 am

    My garden could definitely do with a bit of a spruce up – these tips will be very useful!

  43. Danielle Mar
    21/06/2017 / 9:12 am

    I think that adding a few accessories here and there can make a huge difference. I need to liven up my garden as I have let it slip recently.

  44. 21/06/2017 / 9:28 am

    I’ve been thinking of fixing the backyard for some time now! These are lovely tips. Adding some color is great and it’s a lovely way to add more life to your garden.
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  45. 21/06/2017 / 2:06 pm

    I really need to work on fixing our backyard, hoping one day can start with small steps

  46. francesca
    21/06/2017 / 5:11 pm

    These are all spot on tips for sprucing up your garden on a budget!! We love gardening and have found we’ve done a lot of these over the last few months!!

  47. 21/06/2017 / 5:17 pm

    With the warmer weather I’ve been out working in the garden too. I’m still clearing mine but I love all of these tips and will definitely think of them when I’m ready to start adding things in.
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  48. 21/06/2017 / 7:39 pm

    Can you come and spruce my garden up?? hehe. Yeah your right the UK is HOT HOT at the moment and my garden needs tidying up. I loved reading your post, so thanks for sharing!!
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  49. 21/06/2017 / 8:40 pm

    I love the idea of adding some color to the garden, as well as some new lighting. It would be nice to able to sit outside in the late evenings enjoying the night sky.

  50. 21/06/2017 / 9:35 pm

    I love all of these options, we don’t have a lawn so we can’t use any of these. I see so many I love, I plan to incorporate all of them into our new space.

  51. Gabriel Bregg
    21/06/2017 / 10:19 pm

    De-cluttering works everywhere! We redid our garden layout to maximize our space and it makes our yard seem so much bigger and cleaner!

  52. 22/06/2017 / 2:50 am

    I love the idea of adding lights outside. I’ve been wanting to add some string lights along my fence to brighten everything up.

  53. 22/06/2017 / 6:28 am

    I’m loving these tips as I’m not very green fingered so don’t like to spend a lot of money on the garden, I just like it to look nice though! xxx

  54. 22/06/2017 / 10:14 am

    Some great tips there, we are very garden proud in our house. We love adding colour, have so many wacky accessories and have a number of solar panel lights and some are novelty style ones

  55. 22/06/2017 / 2:55 pm

    Lovely article, it’s definitely the time of year to be making the most of your garden 🙂

  56. Jeanine
    22/06/2017 / 4:52 pm

    I’m so sad that at our current house I cant have a garden. Its just too muddy. We’re moving this summer and can’t wait to make a new one. these are great tips!

  57. 22/06/2017 / 10:23 pm

    This is great! It’s one of the main reasons why I haven’t planted anything – we’re on a budget! I wish I saw this blog a couple months ago during peak planting time!

  58. 22/06/2017 / 10:57 pm

    Wow, this is perfect for me to start with fall plants! Gardening is cool but with the expenses and my lack of green thumb, it’s hard. But this solves one of my problems!

  59. 23/06/2017 / 1:22 am

    I have always wanted my own garden but have never known where to start.. These tips have given me some ideas as to what I could do in the future.
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  60. 23/06/2017 / 7:22 am

    These are great tips, thank you for sharing! I actually moved into a new place and I have a patio, this game some good ideas! Thanks 🙂

  61. 23/06/2017 / 6:50 pm

    You have a great list of tips that pretty much anyone can do. I have been adding to my garden spaces for the last few years and improving our grass as I can. What I really would like to do is rip out some shrubs that are really old and replace them. Hopefully, by next year.
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  62. 23/06/2017 / 11:00 pm

    This makes me want to start my garden asap! I’ve always wanted to tend to my own garden but never had the time to do so. But now I am inspired to try harder. 🙂

  63. Ashley
    24/06/2017 / 1:34 am

    Thanks for the tips!! I only have a garden box, but I can definite use some of the ideas you mentioned.

  64. 26/06/2017 / 8:50 pm

    These are great ideas! A lick of paint & a few new flowers can really make a huge difference!
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  65. 03/07/2017 / 8:02 pm

    Some lovely ideas here 🙂 I have a new house and a new garden. My garden is desperate for a good sort out and a bit of a spruce. I think I need to try some fertiliser on the grass too to make it look and feel a bit more healthier

  66. 05/07/2017 / 10:33 pm

    These are some fun ideas! We just moved to a new house and have an acre of land, but now it’s too late in the season to plant anything. We’ve been brainstorming ways to spruce everything up for next year. I really like the idea of putting in some lights! That has some serious potential. I can’t wait to get started on everything and this just made me even more antsy haha. Great post! <3
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  67. 23/07/2017 / 5:58 pm

    Love anything that can spruce up my garden on a budget, but really it’s not just about budget for me. I just like finding old, unused, thrown to the side, and yep… sitting next to a dumpster finds! My favorite dumpster find is this OLD, ANTIQUE lantern. I love it so much if I could attach a pic here I would. It’s about 2 feet tall and at it’s brim on the lid (which looks like a hat) is at least 1 foot across. Love the thing and it looks fabulous sitting in the middle of my plants front and center!

    Keep the tips coming! Love ’em!

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