Is your garden looking a little lacklustre and in need of more than a little TLC? Well, there’s no time like the present to tackle your outdoor space. If your garden fencing is in need of repairing or painting, or your garden edging seems overly messy it can impact upon the whole of your backyard space. Breathing new life into your back garden (or front garden for that matter) doesn’t always require a landscape gardener.

Shape up

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to transform your garden is to cut your lawn into a clearly defined shape, something like a circle, a square or an oblong. Mark it out with string and use a spade to cut away the excess grass. It’s not a difficult job and should only take an afternoon.

Get planting

The most cost effective way to fill flowerbeds with great looking plants is to buy perennials that you can divide. This may sound like advanced level gardening but really it isn’t. It will work with clump forming perennials such as geums, astrantia and hardy geraniums.

Simply tip the plant out of its pot and pull it apart into two or three bits, each with some stalks and root. Dig a hole and plant each part in your flowerbed. Next year when they’ve grown and spread, you can dig them up and pull them apart again to gain even more plants.

You’ll get a wonderful display in a couple of years for very little cash. Six geranium plants are usually enough to get going in an average sized garden.

Paint effect

You’ll be surprised by how much a lick of paint can transform an old fence and provide a striking backdrop for greenery and jewel-coloured plants. 

Don’t forget, you can give your plant pots a new lease of life by painting them too.

DIY Pond

Another great way to attract wildlife to your garden is with a pond – and it won’t cost much at all. Simply collect pebbles and stones, dig a hole in the garden, protect the bottom with a pond liner and hide it using the pebbles and rocks. Then fill with water to create a pond.

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