Tips to giving you garden a fresh look without breaking the bank

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Whether you are preparing to plant a new vegetable garden, doing a complete garden renovation overhaul or simply completing a landscaping project, it’s easy to go over your budget if you don’t plan the work accordingly. As with any financial planning, you’ll need to decide what part of your project is an upfront necessity and how you will complete your revamping goals without cutting any corners. Here are some tips that we have come up with that will help you save money.

Transform rather than toss

At the start of any home or garden renovation project, it’s so easy to want to get in and rip everything out in order to begin the process from scratch. However, many things have the ability to be repurposed and used again in a more functional way. For example, old fence pickets can be used to make a beautiful, new gate for your garden.

Swap your bulk supply of plants

If you want to save money on buying fresh flowers, maybe consider swapping with a friend or neighbor? If you have an overgrown flower bed that possesses an extra-large quantity of the same plant species, dig some of it up and exchange it for something different. Talk about sharing your resources!

Build a temporary pathway

Paving, regardless of the size of the space, is always an expensive element that can dig deep into any reasonable spending budget. For this reason alone, it is best to keep paving renovations to a minimum. If you can’t afford fine stone or brick right away, lay out the pathway with something cheaper that can act as a placeholder pea gravel works well for this. Not to mention, unpaved areas will allow for more water drainage.

Invest in LED lighting

LED light bulbs only use a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulbs, although up-front they are a larger investment. When you are budgeting to revamp your outdoor space, consider purchasing more energy efficient lighting, rather than the usual on-sale lightbulbs. Yes, you will pay a little more for LEDs, but given that you pay a monthly energy bill, you could consider that money saved on energy as an increase to your redesign budget. It’s a little give and take!

Mix and match

The beauty about having a comfortable, outdoor space is that it is your oasis that can be personalized to your desires. If you require a new set of patio furniture, consider mixing and matching up the pieces in order to create a funky blend of seating possibilities. After all, your garden is your place to unwind and get creative.

Do you know any other budget savings tips for readers that are hoping to revamp their gardens? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

Spring Inspiration For Your Outdoor Space

Now that spring is upon us, gardeners everywhere are planning for the season ahead as the tips of the first tulip leaves begin to poke through the newly planted greenery. Whether you’re planning a totally new look for spring or just a subtle tidy-up of your outdoor space, we hope this blog post will give you the inspiration you need for a beautiful spring garden.

Art Isn’t Just For Indoors

Enhance your outdoor space with garden art, adding a unique touch with decorative accents, garden sculptures, and metal yard art. Rusted metal is particularly on-trend, yet natural-looking, while colorful hanging art draws the eye to a sheltered area, contrasting an array of pretty flowers and plants.

LED Lighting

With the nights getting brighter, subtle lighting is your best bet, and LED lighting is the perfect solution for creating different moods. Our LED Outdoor Lights are ideal for any garden that deserves a show stopping glow and decorative accenting and are made from heavy duty cast aluminum with either a powder coated or brass finish. Why not add some LED underwater pond lights to your garden pond or water feature?

Outdoor Lounging

If you’re really looking for luxury living, there’s no reason you can’t turn your outdoor space into a comfortable space just like your living room. The most luxury homes now include outdoor kitchens with a sink, fridge, microwave and the ultimate summer essential, a sizzling barbecue. Go one step ahead and add island seating, wet bar, and cooking stations.

Get Inspired By Canada’s 150th Birthday

With Canada turning 150 this year, what better time to purchase some native Canadian plants? Trees include birch, maple, and pine, to name a few, while flowers include the new ‘Canadian Shield’ rose, designed for winter hardiness in the climate zone of every province. Alternatively, consider planting some red and white flowers like those featured on Canada’s flag.

How are you altering your outdoor space for spring? Share your ideas with us in the comments section below.

4 Tips for Environmentally Friendly Landscaping

Creating a more environmentally friendly lawn allows for minimal maintenance of your lawn in springtime, while keeping everything looking lush and green. The key is to minimize the resources you’re using as well as the output of waste, and whether you’re starting your landscaping from scratch or revamping your existing lawn, it’s easy to make sustainable choices. Here are some tips on how to create a more environmentally landscape in your own backyard.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

As we mentioned in the introduction, to create an environmentally friendly lawn, you need to reduce your waste, and reusing and recycling materials are the best way to do this. There are many ways you can recycle your garden waste, for example, after mowing your lawn, instead of just leaving your grass clippings behind, you could recycle them. You can also reuse materials from your garden to fertilize your lawn, like coffee grounds, banana peels and eggshells, for example.

Choose LED Lighting

Most outdoor spaces require lighting, and to save energy and create the most environmentally friendly garden possible, try to use LED lighting as opposed to traditional lighting. Not only do LED lights require less maintenance, they are also extremely efficient, consuming up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs and although more expensive initially, have greater longevity than most lighting fixtures.

Try Using Artificial Grass

Yes, nothing beats the smell of freshly cut grass, but if you’re trying environmentally friendly landscaping, replacing natural grass with artificial grass means you don’t have to mow your lawn, saving you time, and also means you’re not polluting your yard, since you’re decreasing the amount of gas pollution that goes into the air and into the ground. It also saves you money since you don’t need to buy fertilizers – substances which are also toxic to the animals that live around your lawn. Of course, removing your water-guzzling grass also saves you a bundle on your water bill.

Choose Low Maintenance Plants

What else guzzles water? Plants of course. Opting for low maintenance plans will not only save water, but also reduces maintenance. Consider planting the likes of asters, pansies, marigolds and tulips. Clover is also a great choice, since it’s naturally insect-resistant and contends well against weeds, cutting out your need for pesticides and weed killer.

If you have any tips for environmentally friendly landscaping, we’d love to hear them! Share in the comments below.