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.

Is Your Outdoor Lighting Too Bright?

If you or a neighbor have noticed a glare coming from your outdoor lights, the problem may be that your lights are shining outward, rather than down, directly on what they are supposed to be illuminating.

It’s important to remember that good neighbor etiquette doesn’t start and end with keeping music to a low volume, indeed, the brightness of your outdoor lights will also impact the relationship you have with your neighbors.

Of course, people want and need outdoor lighting but to avoid any conflict, the remedy can be as simple as installing unidirectional lighting with shielded fixtures or flush-mounting, rather than unshielded floodlights.

If the purpose of your outdoor lighting is to simply illuminate objects, you can choose lights which are typically lower wattage (and therefore reduce energy consumption). As well as enhancing the visibility of the illuminated area, there is also a reduced glare.

The great thing about smart lighting is that it’s directional in nature. This means that rather than lighting the sky, it just illuminates the intended area. We may be unaware of this, but the natural light of the sky that we’re used to may be largely influenced by the number of outdoor lights. The more people that have awareness of the glare of their outdoor lights, the more likely they can play a role in reducing light pollution.

4 tips for outdoor lighting in fall and winter

A well-lit home is a safe home, and when adequately lit, it can help to protect your home, offering you peace of mind. Typically, the exterior of our homes is more of a priority during spring and summer when flowers are in bloom and the lawn is beginning to look lush and green, but it’s important to incorporate lighting all year round. Here are our top tips for outdoor lighting in the fall and winter months.

Don’t overlight your garden

When the nights are darker, many people choose to use more lighting, but it’s important to be weary of overlighting. When the light shines into indoor rooms, this can be extremely distracting, not just for you, but for your neighbours. Ensure your garden is safely lit without overwhelming your eyes too much.

Positioning is everything

The position and colour of lighting have a major impact on overall lighting schemes when it comes to outdoor lighting. Try to be strategic with angling, for example, with path lights, point them away from your house, not toward. Also be mindful of when choosing the colour of your lights not to overdo it.

Create drama with pockets of light and shadow

Rather than blasting an outdoor area with lots of light, creating drama with pockets of light and shadow can be really effective. By positioning the lighting fixture close to the surface – whether that be the bark of a tree or ripple of a brick wall – you will better define features and create depth of field.

Stick to halogen lights on the ground

During winter, particularly snowy months, lighting can be muted or completely masked. If you use LEDs on the ground, they are more likely to be disguised in the snow, so you won’t enjoy all the benefits of the installation. Using LEDs up in the eaves of a home and halogens on the ground is a good rule of thumb.

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