Four Great Ways to Improve Your Garden on a Budget

 

As the weather starts to get even colder it’s often the garden that goes left unattended. While it may see less use during this season, once the weather warms up you’re left with a garden that’s often unruly. Instead, take some time now with these great tips on giving your garden a spruce up without busting your bank account.

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A Good Clean

The power of a good garden clean can’t be overstated, as long as it’s a good clean. Just mowing the lawn and maybe trimming the hedges isn’t going to cut it. Set yourself the weekend and get cleaning. Rip out weeds, remove plants that can’t be revived, clean up the edges and clean out any ponds or water features you have.  While it may seem like a fair bit of work to do during the cold, the benefits you can see when it warms up will be well worth it.

What to Plant?

Given that you’re planting in the cold, it’s best to choose plants and flowers that can grow and thrive in all seasons. Steer away from the expensive and more elaborate offerings and stick with bright, bright, bright! Speak with your local horticulture store and let them know the space and ground you’re dealing with. They’ll be in the best position to point you in the right direction. As long as you’re happy to keep it bright and simple, you will be surprised just how far your dollar will stretch. Best of all, you can get the cheaper ones that will need some time to grow, given that you aren’t likely to be entertaining often during the cold.

The Trick Is the Right Lighting

Often an afterthought of garden maintenance, the right lighting can be the difference between a garden you want to show off, and back curtains that you always keep closed. Instead of expensive lighting options, look for Groupon coupons on a few select pieces of decorative outdoor lighting. Placed in the right area, this is the perfect way to draw attention to those bright flowers you just planted, and steer the eye away from other parts of your garden that you weren’t able to bring back to life during the cold.

While it may seem strange, getting the work done while you have the time and before you want to show off your garden is the best time for it. Not only can you stay active during the cold, when the sun does come back your garden is ready to go while the neighbors are still playing catchup.