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DIY: 14 cheap and easy ways to improve your garden or terrace

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Now that summer's arrived in the UK, we're all scrabbling around trying to think of ways to improve our gardens for little or no money and not too much effort either.

Well, call us your gardening gurus as we've come up with some fantastic suggestions that won't break the bank, don't require a professional landscaper but will make a big impact! If you're ready to consider DIY furniture and a little bit of painting, let's get cracking…

1. Old pallets can be turned into seating and lots of websites offer them for free!

Garden corner unit :  Garden  by Pallet furniture uk
Pallet furniture uk

Garden corner unit

Pallet furniture uk

2. Don't leave your hose dangling from a tap. Think of a creative way to store and display it

Products:  Garden  by Garden Glory

3. Add some inexpensive concrete ornaments in amongst your shrubs and flowers

4. Upcycle old household items into wall-mounted planters

Hanging Vintage Garden Tap Planter:  Garden  by ELLA JAMES
ELLA JAMES

Hanging Vintage Garden Tap Planter

ELLA JAMES

5. Make your garden nature-friendly with some feeders and watch it bloom!

Lifestyle:  Garden  by Eva Solo
Eva Solo

Lifestyle

Eva Solo

6. Build a fire pit to offer warmth and light for day and night

7. Freshen up dirty or old shingle with a new layer on top

Japanese Style Garden: asian Garden by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

Japanese Style Garden

Unique Landscapes

8. Paint wooden fencing to keep it in good condition and looking great. We love the white here!

9. Cheap garden lights can make a big impact and look so romantic

Garden Party Lantern:  Garden  by Hen and Hammock
Hen and Hammock

Garden Party Lantern

Hen and Hammock

10. You may not need to replace your decking. Give it a power wash first to see if you can revive it. If it comes up well, a quick coat of teak oil will have it looking great!

11. Add lots of planters for easy to maintain greenery and elegant styling

Set of 3 Malmesbury Planters:  Garden  by Garden Trading
Garden Trading

Set of 3 Malmesbury Planters

Garden Trading

12. Cut your grass regularly and use a strimmer to edge it perfectly. The lawn will grow in much richer and healthier

13. Swap out boring furniture cushions for something a little brighter and more vivid. You could even sew your own covers

Sofa set RASF 067:  Garden  by Sunday Furniture
Sunday Furniture

Sofa set RASF 067

Sunday Furniture

14. To make a big impact without spending any money, prune, dead-head and maintain your borders. A day's effort will see your garden transformed!

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 14 Sneaky Gardening Hacks For Slackers.

Have you made a start on your summer garden yet?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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