In our highly stressed modern work there can be no better form of relaxation than simply sitting and taking in the beauty of your newly designed landscaped garden. As a gathering place for family and friends gardens are simply without comparison when it comes to throwing off the cares of the world and spending time with those who are important to you.
And your garden can also be a source of great pride and a fantastic way to showcase your creative talents and individual style.
These are only some of the reasons that people undertake landscaping projects. However the challenge of landscaping is that it can be extremely expensive, especially when professionals are called in.
The good news if that there are a number of steps that the avid gardener can take in order to transform their garden without breaking the bank.
A firm favourite with gardeners all over the globe is to add a DIY water feature. A water feature does not have to be expensive and there are kits that are available from garden centres across the country.
If you’d prefer to put in a bit more work and end up with something unique a trip to a hardware store and the purchase of a pump is your first step. Any container – including flowerpots or antique / heritage items can form the centrepiece of a water feature. Add some water tolerant plants and you have a beautiful installation.
If you have a larger garden think of splitting lawn areas into two and inserting a flowerbed to separate them. Then install a path between the two that runs across the flowerbed. Almost anything can be used for a path, paving stones riverine pebbles, wood chips or a great idea is to find some planking off cuts (like the wood used in pallets). All of these give a lovely natural feeling to the garden and provide a much more visually appealing garden experience.
For those who want to explore one of the most cost effective ways to increase the visual appeal of the garden there is always the option of installing ground lighting. Nothing could be easier. There are a variety of stand alone lights that simply can be spiked into beds or lawn. There are also styles that use solar charging and can be set to automatically switch on at a certain time. They’re weatherproof and excellent value for money.
Another extremely DIY friendly (and wallet friendly idea) is to lay down a flower bed border. There are a huge variety of materials that can be used and it’s the sort of project that anyone (even the kids) can get involved in. Another great thing about flower bed borders is that they help retain mulch when that is laid down and can prevent soil erosion.
It needn’t cost you a fortune to transform your garden. there are plenty of DIY and incredibly budget friendly projects which the homeowner can do themselves. No need to call in the professionals, get out in the garden and have some fun.