I’d say that summer is just around the corner, but we’re barely scratching the surface of the spring and we’ve still got snow intermittently coming down. It’s quite a depressing feeling: to still be in the throes of the freezing weather when it’s April! The thing is, we can’t predict the weather, so regardless of how cold it is outside right now, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be perfectly warm in a few weeks. Mother Nature is fickle, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting your outdoor space ready for the sunshine.
There are plenty of ways that you can get your garden spruced up and ready for the season, and we’ve got some of the best ideas. They’re cheap, cheerful and great fun to do. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of accomplishment that comes with transforming your garden from a waterlogged mess to a beautiful outdoor haven with a few fencing supplies and brightly coloured paint! You have the power to make your garden the best that it could be, and here are some of the greatest ideas out there.
- If your garden gets regularly covered in pinecones from the trees, save them! Don’t bin them no matter how annoying they get. You could cover the bedding around your plants with them. Not only are they decorative, they keep the cats away!
- Create your own trellis graffiti wall with this kit. You can decorate the walls however you want, and you get a chance to be really creative with what is essentially an empty brick wall.
- Bring the curtains outside. You don’t need to have the space for a gazebo when you can attach curtains to one side of the house and the fence opposite. Draw them across for an easy, cheap shade in the summer.
- Add a lick of paint to rescued breeze blocks and use them as plant pots or even a small table to hold your drinks.
- No grass? No problem. Your outdoor space may be all patio slabs, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be pretty. Did you know you can buy latex floor paint? You can colour cement with them and make your garden flooring something unique.
- When you fill part of your garden with pebbles for a low maintenance option, it can look a little too grey and boring. Why not spray your pebbles with glow in the dark paint and create a beautiful glow in the late evening?
- Spend some time sewing together pillows of different sizes for the garden. Somewhere to lay and look at the stars is an essential, right?
- Invest in a giant metal bucket – similar to one you’d bath a dog in – and cover with a heavy wooden slab that’s been weather treated. It makes an excellent storage space for candles, outdoor tablecloths and even tools if you don’t have a shed.
Your creativity could go a long way for your garden and you should invest a little in your own talent to make it perfect.