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How to Do-Up Your Backyard on a Budget

By Sam Kopuz

Doing up your backyard doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. It may involve some hard work and elbow grease, but there are many ways you can make your backyard look great while only spending a few dollars.

Whether you’re planning on listing your property for sale soon, or you’ve just settled into your new home, giving your garden some TLC is a great way to add value to your house.

Here are some tips to help you give your backyard a new look.

Planters and hanging baskets

Installing planters and hanging baskets is a great option for most backyards – even metropolitan ones. If you don’t have much space or grass in your backyard, then you can simply dot a few planter boxes around.

These are quite cheap to install, especially if you opt to build them yourself out of some leftover wood.

Another great idea is to collect some old wheelbarrows and use them as planter boxes instead! Just remember to drill in a few holes at the bottom for drainage.

Fill planters with some tub and patio mix from your local gardening store and plant some annuals or bedding plants (such as petunias). Be sure to keep your planters well watered as they can dry out easily, particularly in the warmer months.

If you’re living in a townhouse or apartment, then hanging baskets might be a great option for you. Fuchsias and geraniums are ideal to plant in hanging baskets and can help to add some colour to your home.

Vegetable garden

There is nothing like eating herbs and vegetables that you’ve grown yourself. You can enjoy all the hard work you’ve put in while saving on grocery bills too! A 3m by 6m patch is a great size to start with.

Dig up a 3m by 6m patch of soil in your garden and clear any weeds and vegetation in the soil. Create wide rows and a couple of paths to help you manoeuvre through your patch. Add some compost, manure and organic matter to mix in with the soil and give it a good soaking.

Now you can choose which types of plants you’d like to grow. Carrots, tomatoes, radishes, basil, spinach and lettuce are all great plants for first-timers.

Seeds are a lot cheaper than seedlings, and you get more for your money. However, they’re a lot harder to grow and you’ll need to take care of them as they germinate.


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