8 DIY Garden Improvement Ideas

handyman renovates the wood table in backyard of the big house

Is your garden looking tired and dull? Before heading straight to the garden centre, check out eight DIY garden improvement ideas that will transform your space. 

Find Mulch Alternatives 

Mulch is popular because it can reduce the amount of weeding and water your garden requires. But it can also create a significant dent in your budget, so people often avoid mulching. 

These fantastic alternatives have the same effect but are a lot cheaper to add to your garden. 

Pine Needles: Pine needles are lighter than mulch, making them easier to spread around your garden.

Grass Clippings: Don’t head straight to your gardening bin when you mow your grass because the clippings are a perfect mulch alternative. Place some over your flowerbeds, and you’ll notice a big difference in how often you need to weed and water the plants. Shredded leaves are an excellent alternative to grass clippings. 

Stones: Stone mulch doesn’t suit every plant, so make sure your garden is compatible with stone mulch. 

Compost: Homemade compost saves a lot of time and money. It’s also ideal as a mulch alternative, but be careful you don’t use too much. Compost heats up, and it can cause irreversible damage to your plants. 

Vertical Gardens 

vertical garden

One of the most common issues we see from our clients is they lack enough space to create their dream garden. The solution? Vertical gardens. 

With vertical gardens, the sky’s the limit, and there’s so much you can do to make yours stand out. Better still, you can use plastic bottles and other recyclable materials to create your vertical garden, which will save you money in the long run. 

Here are some ideas for your vertical garden: 

  • Combine tasteful pots with wire and a ladder to create a Mediterranean effect. 
  • If you’ve got some old paint cans, wash them out and hang them as planters. 
  • Use your fence to plant greenery. You can even grow vine tomatoes. 

Get Your Paintbrush Out 

It’s incredible how small changes can make a world of difference. Before you invest in new furniture, plants, and materials for your garden, look at your fences colours and make a change.

There’s so much you can do, and while some people choose to spruce up the fences with white paint, others go for a more exotic look. From Moroccan oranges and blues to a wooden effect, you can turn your outdoor area from drab and dreary to a colourful haven. 

Build a Fire Pit 

stone fireplace in a garden with the open fire

Summer’s fast approaching, which means it’s the ideal time to get into your garden. If you love the outdoors, then a great way to enjoy your outdoor area year-round is to build a fire pit. 

Fire pits are perfect for those cold winter months because they bring people together and enable them to enjoy the garden even when it’s freezing. Whether you want to sit around drinking wine or toasting marshmallows, you’ll have a fantastic time in front of your DIY fire pit. 

Build Your Seating 

It’s no surprise that garden furniture can be costly, but if you want to enjoy the outdoors, it’s a necessary investment. However, you might be able to make your furniture which will save you a lot of money. 

Old Household Furniture: There’s no reason you shouldn’t use your household furniture in the garden, apart from the weather implications. You can fix this issue quickly by covering your seats and tables with a waterproof coating. 

Spare Tires: Don’t dispose of your old tires because they make fantastic garden seats. Kids will especially love this idea. 

Tree Stump: Tree stumps can be immediately transformed into a stylish seat with a waterproof cushion. 

Grow Vegetables and Herbs 

According to NimbleFins, the average family of four in the UK spends £431 a month on grocery shopping. As you can imagine, the costs quickly mount up – especially for households with teenage boys! 

Growing fruit, vegetables, and herbs in your garden can improve your outdoor space and save you money. Once you purchase the seeds and equipment, you can make use of homegrown produce all year. 

Imagine spending more time in your outdoor space while enjoying fresh food, and you’ll see why this DIY idea is so popular. 

Plant a Tree

If you want to add some greenery to your garden, it’s a good idea to incorporate a tree. Not only do they look beautiful, but trees can also provide much-needed shade during the summer months. 

There are a couple of drawbacks to this option, though: 

  1. The UK weather rarely gets hot enough to need constant shade. You might find the tree obstructs sunlight. 
  2. Small gardens might feel overwhelmed by a tree, and it could ruin the space. 

Light It Up

lights in the jar

One of the staples of DIY gardening is string lights. They’re cheap to run and easy to install, making them ideal if you’re on a budget. You can choose different colours or go for a simple ambient design. 

String lights are great for summer patios because they create a welcoming look and don’t get in the way of your BBQ, garden furniture, children and pets. 

Mason Jars 

These multi-use jars create a beautiful effect in your garden. All you need to do is put lights in the jars and place them around the lawn and patio areas. You can choose a range of colours, which creates a tropical effect. 

You should make sure the lights you use are safe, and if you have pets or small children, it’s probably best to hang the mason jars. 

Change Your Garden Layout 

If you feel that some simple DIY isn’t enough to transform your garden, then changing the layout could create a more welcoming space. From relocating your planting areas to creating a tiered effect, a garden layout plan can make it easier for you to visualise what your outdoor area could be. 

Whatever you decide, we believe that every garden can become a haven for families. With the right design and elements, your outdoor space can be the perfect combination of aesthetic appeal and functionality. 

Don’t forget to check out our post on why you should consider organic gardening here

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