A lot of guides focus on the art of remodeling your garden, however, not a lot of people have strength, determination or resources to embark on such a massive project. A huge wooden deck, a backyard pool or a vegetable garden may take an investment (in money, effort or time) that you simply don’t possess. Nonetheless, when it comes to updating your garden, things are entirely different.
Here, all you have to do is tweak the place here and there, make an adjustment where needed and install a single new element. Here are several such suggestions that you might just find handy.
1. Make a Gravel Path
If your garden doesn’t already have a garden path, now might be the time to do so. Going for gravel is the simplest possible solution because it on average costs $6 per square foot and because it’s easy to install it on your own. Sure, brick or concrete pavers cost about $14 per square foot, yet, you also need to pay someone else to do so (or engage in a project unlike you’ve ever faced before). This gravel path boosts the functionality of your garden by making it easier and cleaner to traverse and it may give it a great aesthetic boost.
2. Outdoor Lighting
This project is a tad more expensive, nonetheless, just like making a gravel path, it’s an investment that you’re about to make once in your lifetime. We’re of course talking about installing an outdoor lighting system. The most important thing about outdoor lighting is the fact that it improves the pragmatism of the place (something we’ve already pointed out) by giving you an ability to effectively use the garden in the evening hours. Other than that, it also boosts the overall security of your property, due to the fact that it increases overall visibility. In order to make this project eco-friendlier and self-sustainable, you should look for some high-quality LED garden lights and make a choice within this category.
3. Experiment with Planters
There are numerous health benefits that come from gardening, and some of them come by expressing your creativity. The simplest way to do so during this garden update is to figure out a new and exciting way to add more planters to the mix. Provided that you already have a deck or patio, this will give you an opportunity to gain a bit more room for the flowers and herbs. Some people prefer going with plastic bottles, while others turn glass jars into hanging planters with the help of some yarn. Then, there are those who use old drawers as containers. The way in which you decorate them and where you place them depends on you entirely.
4. Improvised Awning
Purchasing a retractable awning and installing it can be a costly project. Don’t get us wrong, it’s in no way a waste of money, yet, there are other ideas you might want to try out first. We’re, of course, talking about hanging a shade sail. Original shade sails can be purchased online, while nothing prevents you from making an improvised sun trap with the help of an old canopy. Regardless of what you choose, you get a superior alternative to parasol in both functionality and visuals.
At the end of the day, it’s easy to see how you could enforce all of these changes next spring with the smallest of remodeling budgets and just a bit of free time. The best thing about these projects is the fact that they don’t create a scenario where your garden suddenly requires more maintenance. Nonetheless, all of this work might motivate you to pay your private oasis a bit more attention in the future.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.