It’s springtime which means the buds are starting to bloom and the sun is no longer a distant memory! It’s the perfect time of year to venture outdoors and enjoy everything that nature has to offer. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, you don’t have to venture too far! No doubt after the cold autumnal and winter months your outdoor spaces are looking a little neglected. Here’s how to spruce them up on a budget…
Start by giving your outside areas a good spring clean. In the front garden, make sure you have raked all the leaves off the path, trimmed any grass you may have, and pulled up all the weeds. In the back garden, weeds will also be an issue as will grass cutting. You may also need to use a strimmer on the sides of fences too. It helps to have a blank canvas to start with so make sure you tidy everything up first. This takes some time and effort but no money and your outdoor spaces will already be looking neater.
Front doors, back doors, doors to sheds, they all can be a bit overlooked. They are, however, often the first and last thing that visitors see. You don’t have to replace doors if they’re in good condition, just give them a little TLC. For painted doors buy some new paint and give them a fresh coat. If you’ve previously had white doors try going for a bolder colour. Royal blues, mustard yellows, and burnt oranges all work well. If you have wooden doors consider coating them with some wood oil, like the one found right here. Wood oil is a great way to enhance the character of wood, whilst also protecting it from the elements.
Flowers are a great way to instantly brighten up a dull garden. Consider buying plants and flowers to grow yourself if you want to get more involved with gardening. Alternatively, you can buy hanging baskets. These look particularly warm and inviting hung near the front door. Potted plants also look great on steps leading up to a home. Get creative and put your plants into pots of all different shapes and sizes. Wellington boots and barrels have been turned into pots for plants, so let your imagination run wild!
Moorish style lanterns make a lovely atmospheric addition to a back garden. They’re perfect for a spring of summer evening when guests are over. Similarly, don’t neglect the little touches in the front garden. Replace an old tatty doormat with a new one. It doesn’t cost much but will elevate the appearance of your garden.
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