Written by Guest Blogger: Daisy Cooper (Bio Below)
When you buy a new house or flat it is hard to make everything come together at once. Decorating the rooms, fitting a new kitchen and replacing the windows all take a certain amount of time and money, leaving you with barely anything to create a new garden design. But if the winter days are gone and the summer months are on the horizon then it would be a shame to let your garden get you down. So even if you’re saving for a whole new landscaping plan, in the short term there are a few simple things that you can do.
Before you start on anything else a thorough garden clean up has to be completed. Lawn mowing, patio cleaning and general weeding are cheap to carry out and shouldn’t take forever, while fixing fences and gates with new handles or hinges can free you of those annoying little nuances. If you have any leftover paint, which is suitable for outside, then even just decorating your faded fence can significantly brighten up your garden space.
Once your garden is clean and tidy then you can really get started on sprucing it up. Reclamation or junk yards can be a great source of old garden furniture or ornaments that with a little bit of work can add a whole heap of style. Garden benches or even unwanted dining room furniture can be a nice touch and can create an eclectic and vintage appeal.
Old stones, bricks and wood can also be used to create feature plant pots, stylish rockeries and rustic low-lying benches with ease. And with just a little bit of imagination can give your garden a real woodland-feel. Adding coloured pebbles and shells to gravelled areas can give them an interesting finish, while fairy lights and homemade lanterns are perfect for adding a little bit of light.
Hanging baskets and plant pots are a quick and simple way of adding colour to your garden and are easy to plant and maintain. If you don’t have any pots or baskets to use then why not transform your unwanted furniture into a funky new garden style. Magazine racks, storage boxes and even old bins can be adapted to suit your needs and can be a great way of growing your garden plants or flowers in style. To save money, natural fertilizers like broken egg shells, coffee grounds and aspirin can be used and often encourage strong growth from within your garden soil.
If you like to sit back and watch the birds enjoy your garden then you don’t need to have mature trees or elaborate bird baths to attract them just yet. Putting out stale bread, nuts or bird feed can see them flock quickly and return day after day, while creating a makeshift bird bath from an old lamp base, kitchen tray or fruit bowl can be just as good as anything you buy. Hanging colourful or shiny ornaments from trees and fences can also help to attract their eye and can give your garden that added injection of style.
As with your interior design, your outside space and purse strings can benefit from a little bit of creative design. Re-using old furniture and ornaments form inside your house can really help to create a fresh new style while sanding old wooden benches or logs can give it a natural and timeless appeal. A simple injection of colour can breathe a whole new lease of life into your garden as can a bit of old fashioned hard-work and a few simple gardening tricks.
Daisy Cooper is dedicated writer, blogger and aesthete . Her greatest passioan are home decorating, gardeining and landscape projects. She likes to discover beauty everywhere around and to share her experience with the readers. Find here some more tips: landscape gardening Chiswick