We may be well into summer, but there’s still time to give your garden a mini makeover to get it looking its best for your last few family BBQs. No need to splash out – we’ve put together a list of quick and easy ways to spruce up your garden on a budget.
We’ve teamed up with Wickes to bring you a few easy ways to get your garden looking fresh and renewed without spending a fortune. In fact, everything on the list can be yours for under £50, or even less with one of Savoo’s Wickes deals! Plus, every time you use one of our Wickes voucher codes you’ll be raising extra donations for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Even better, you could be in with a chance of winning an amazing £100 Wickes gift card. You’ll have to keep reading to find out how…
Redo the lawn
With the summer heat, it doesn’t take much for the lawn to start looking scorched and unhappy. Try using some Evergreen Lawncare for a strong, healthy lawn to protect it from the sun, as well as from all your family and friends when they’re enjoying your garden party.
Alternatively, if you’re in a hurry and your lawns already taken on too much damage, why not start fresh with some Rolawn grass turf. At just £6.99 per square metre, your garden will look brand new in a jiffy with this hard-wearing, low-maintenance turf.
Time spent: 1 – 3 hours
Define your flower beds
Once your lawn’s looking its best, why not add a little something to your flower beds to make them look defined and neat? Wickes has plenty of budget-friendly wooden edging which can transform your flowerbeds in no time at all.
For a sweet, classic cottage feel, pick up some of the picket fence style borders for just £6, or try something a little more modern like these Rowlinson timber sleepers for just £10 per 1.2m. They’re incredibly quick and easy to put down and will give your garden an instant touch of clean, cool design.
Time spent: 1-2 hours
Create a new pebble path or feature
Add some structure and design to your garden in a flash with some decorative gravel. Grab some classic gravel for just £3, or some stylish modern slate chippings for just £8 depending on your style. Combine this with some flower bed edging logrolls to create an easy garden path for under £20, or maybe a stylish rock garden full of trendy cacti and aloe plants.
Or why not use some decorative stones and pebbles to create an eye-catching artistic feature to make your garden really stand out? Let your imagination run wild and get creative.
Time spent: 1 hour
Screen off the mess
Hide those less attractive parts of the garden like the compost heap or the shed with some simple wooden screening. Grab some
Time spent: 30 minutes
Add a lick of paint
You don’t have to completely tear up your deck or put in a new fence – sometimes all it takes is a splash of colour or some fresh treatment to get your wooden furniture and fences looking like new. For a natural look, add some wood stain to your deck to protect it from the elements and give it a breath of new life. Or why not go bold by opting for a bright, exciting colour to make your fence, deck or even garden furniture look vibrant and eye-catching?
Time spent: 2 hours
Give your plants room to climb
Once your wooden fence and garden furniture are looking their best, why not add a trellis to hide any walls and give your plants more room to grow? A classic Wickes trellis costs as little as £17.50 and will give a great new focal point to what used to be a boring corner of the garden.
Or if you feel like spending a little more, pick up one of these elegant willow obelisks to add some extra decoration which is practical, natural and elegant. Imagine a stunning rose, blooming Clematis or sweet-smelling Jasmine climbing up them for a picturesque, lush setting for you to relax in.
Time spent: 20 minutes
Same plant, new pots
Speaking of plants – why not give them a new home while adding some more decoration to your garden? Grab a few hanging baskets for just £2.50 each or some elegant and colourful basic pots for just £3 each. For a country-chic look, try the oakwood effect plant pots for £6, or go really rustic and add a unique twist to your planting by upcycling some old bits and bobs to make free flowerpots.
You can really get creative with this – after all, anything can be refashioned into a flowerpot, and it’s free! Old teacups, jars, watering-cans or even old boots can make the perfect new home for your favourite plants or fresh cuttings.
Time spent: 30 minutes
Add some new life
Although it may be too late to grow anything new from scratch, you can still pick up a few new plants pre-grown to fill those gaps and make your garden look really thriving with life. A blackberry or raspberry bush will only set you back £9.99, with a gooseberry bush only costing £12.99 – though you’ll have to wait until next year to try their fresh fruit.
Take a look at Wickes’ plants and shrubs to add a dash of extra colour and foliage to your garden. Or if you’re thinking ahead, take some cuttings of your favourite plants and plant them around your flowerbeds ready for next year. Don’t forget to treat them to the best feed with this multi-purpose compost!
Time spent: 30 minutes
Unwins Xenia Gooseberry Bush – £10.99
Unwins Ruby Beauty Raspberry Bush – £9.99
Add a little light
Make sure your guests can admire the flowers well into those long summer evenings by illuminating the garden with some garden lights. These twinkling fairy lights are solar-powered and can be yours for just £4.99. Hang them on trees, bushes, on the trellis or around your garden furniture for added ambience to a magical summer evening.
Or light up the whole garden with these sleek modern solar-powered spotlights. Stick them straight into the ground to provide you with hours of light for just £3.99 each.
Time spent: 10 minutes
Cole & Bright Stainless Steel Single Solar Spotlight – £3.99
Clear weeds in a flash
Get rid of those nasty weeds in a hurry with some basic weedkiller for just £4. It’s ready to use right out of the bottle, simply spray on the offending weeds or over your patio and within 24 hours they’ll be gone. It’s cheap, easy and makes a world of difference to your garden. You’ll be amazed at how much better it looks weed-free. Careful though – you don’t want it getting too close to the plants you want to keep!
Or if you want a more natural way to kill your weeds, check out our cheap DIY gardening hacks blog for more easy tips and tricks.
Time spent: 10 minutes
Create a DIY BBQ pit
Who says a good looking BBQ has to cost a fortune? You can create your very own charcoal BBQ for just £35 which will last you for years to come. All you need are some basic bricks (which cost just £0.56 each) and some general purpose cement for £4.02. The package itself comes with a large chrome-plated grill along with an ash catcher tray and charcoal grid. Light up the barbie and get those burgers sizzling for the whole family.
Time spent: 4 hours
Raise free donations for Alzheimer’s Research UK while you spruce up your garden for less
We’ve teamed up with Wickes to help you get the best deals on your garden DIY essentials while also raising a little extra for Alzheimer’s Research UK. From Monday 29th July to Sunday 4th August, we’re giving double donations directly to Alzheimer’s Research UK, so for every £100 you spend, £4 will be donated to charity at no extra cost to you.
So whether you’re getting your garden ready for a bank holiday BBQ, a paddling pool party or just want to enjoy the sun in your stunning new garden, make sure you use one of our amazing Wickes deals to give to charity for free as you shop at no extra hassle to yourself. What a great excuse to finally get started on those DIY gardening projects before the summer ends!
To help you make your DIY dreams a reality, check out Wickes’ handy how to guides on everything from building a raised deck to laying and maintaining turf. Don’t forget to take a look at our latest home and garden vouchers and offers for more ways to save on your garden makeover.
WIN a £100 Wickes voucher
Now you’ve got loads of great new ideas of how to do up your garden and your DIY juices are flowing, how does winning a £100 Wickes voucher sound to get you started? To enter, simply comment below telling us what you want to change about your garden. This competition closes on the 4th August at 23:59, so make sure you get your entries in now. Good luck everyone!
This post was written and created by Savoo in return for a £100 Wickes giveaway voucher.
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