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How to Landscape Your Garden on a Budget

How to Landscape Your Garden on a Budget

Landscaping on a budget doesn’t mean you have to settle for anything less than perfect, it just means you have to be a little more creative with your options. Where saving money is concerned, it’s often better to think about how you can work with what you’ve already got, rather than buying everything new. For example, if your fence is looking a little worse for wear, you might want to give it a fresh lick of paint or replace some of the panels, rather than the whole thing.

Think about what’s going to require the least amount of maintenance and work going forward, as this can result in ongoing costs. For example, a large lawn can leave homeowners spending a fortune on weed killer every year while artificial grass requires no maintenance at all. If you don’t like artificial grass, mulching is another affordable option and can actually look quite nice if incorporated tastefully. 

One of the easiest ways to turn your garden into something special is to add a splash of colour without spending much. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune on flowers and plants to add colour, you could just paint your summer house, bench or even your plant pots. At Lawsons, we have all of the decorating equipment that you’ll likely need for this sort of project, so feel free to browse our online store or pop into your local branch. As well as painting, another way to spruce up your garden is to give it a good clean; jet wash the patio and it’ll look as good as new.

Using railway sleepers to build your own raised flower beds, steps or even a retaining wall is another fantastic way to save money. They are extremely popular because of their versatility, resilience and above all, their affordability. You could even use them to build your own garden furniture. Generally speaking, if you have to build it yourself, you’re likely to save a lot of money without jeopardising the appearance of your garden.