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10 quick 'n easy ways to make your garden look great

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Now that summer is well underway, you probably don't have time to undertake a full-on garden makeover, which is why we wanted to find some quick and simple upgrades that will give you the look you want in no time at all! Professional gardeners are geniuses when it comes to thinking up innovative and instant ways to make outdoor spaces that bit more beautiful and usable and we've honed in on 10 brilliant ideas for you to try out. Come and take a look and see which ones are perfect for your garden!

1. Lay artificial grass.

Small, low maintenance garden: minimalistic Garden by J B Landscapes LTD
J B Landscapes LTD

Small, low maintenance garden

J B Landscapes LTD

Faux grass is the easiest and best way to get a gorgeous lawn that requires no upkeep at all and the varieties available now are so realistic! All you need are some scissors and a couple of hours and you'll have a perfect finish!

2. Add some storage.

Juliana Anthracite Grey Oasis 12x12 Greenhouse: modern Garden by Greenhouse Stores
Greenhouse Stores

Juliana Anthracite Grey Oasis 12x12 Greenhouse

Greenhouse Stores

Whether you need a potting shed, a bike store or a greenhouse, look for a cute version, to add style as well as storage to your garden and then make sure you use it! Clutter on the lawn is NOT a good look!

3. Keep things neat with pots.

Bespoke, galvanised powder coated planters : modern Garden by Gardenplan Design
Gardenplan Design

Bespoke, galvanised powder coated planters

Gardenplan Design

Planters and pots are a simple and effective way to keep a garden looking neat and well-maintained, while also adding in some fabulous colour as well! You can upcycle existing pots with a quick coat of spray paint too, so this can be super cost-effective!

4. Edge the lawn.

Giving your lawn some structure with a defined edge is a great way to make your garden look professionally put together. You can add some curves or stick to a straight line, but bright white gravel is a must-have for the finishing touch!

5. Upcycle some pieces.

If you have some unusual items in your home, how about upcycling them into some incredible planters? In some cases, it's just a case of filling them with spoil and adding some blooms.

6. Treat yourself to new furniture.

If your garden furniture has seen better days, it might be time to finally replace it with something new and trendy. Go on, you deserve to sit comfortably and in style! 

7. Screen off unsightly areas.

We all have to put our bins and composters somewhere, but we don't necessarily want them out on show! Adding some small screens or fences to your garden will give you access to a hidden section, perfect for housing the less pretty elements!

8. Set up automatic sprinklers.

Stainless Steel Garden Tap Station with Hose Reel, Tap and Platform:  Garden  by Ingarden Limited
Ingarden Limited

Stainless Steel Garden Tap Station with Hose Reel, Tap and Platform

Ingarden Limited

If you have a real lawn, make the most of it by installing some automated sprinklers. You'll have year-round luscious grass but it won't take any effort at all, apart from the odd mowing session!

9. Add pretty lighting.

Solar lighting will give your garden a really professional look, as well as extending your enjoyment by a few hours every day! Choose staked lights that flick on as soon as the sun sets and you'll be blown away by the impact.

10. Pressure-wash the patio.

Finally, if you have a patio, it's time to dig out the pressure-washer to give it a good spritz! It might not look dirty, but as soon as you take off a payer of grime, it will sparkle as though it has just been laid. Gorgeous!

For more great garden ideas, take a look at this Ideabook: Cheap and easy DIY garden projects.

Which of these ideas would make your garden that little bit more special?
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