Think outside the box to get yourself a lovely garden without breaking the bank.
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This photo shows the budget step my friend built with a few slabs, bricks and cement, some bushes that I salvaged from :the back garden as it was before, the overgrown front garden and from the glen (as described in the article). Also you can see the edging stones I salvaged from my neighbour’s skip which I used to edge my lawn and make cutting it easier. Before this photo was taken this was just an ugly heap of clay soil where nothing could successfully grow.
Why I started
I was fed up of looking at a mushy, weed-filled, sloped lawn that I could do nothing with. The only one in the family who liked the lawn was my puppy and she had certainly helped to destroy it. The clay soil under the lawn meant it would never be the lush, green lawn I dreamed of. Having a small budget to play with, I really grudged parting with money to get the lawn re-laid on healthy topsoil because I knew that if I spent all that money the garden still wouldn’t be what I wanted. What I wanted was a swing seat for me to relax in on sunny days and a play area for my kids to have a climbing frame and swing and perhaps a paddling pool. All of these nice ideas required the ground to be flat and level.
I had purchased a large trampoline in our previous house which had a flat garden but to situate it properly in this garden I had to dig out a corner of the lawn and place the trampoline half on the patio and half on the soil of the dug out part of the lawn. To put it mildly, the garden was a bit of an eyesore.
How I started my garden project
- The first thing I did was STOP procrastinating. I decided to take action. With a small budget I knew I would just have to get on with doing it myself and be creative in buying or obtaining things I needed.
- The second thing I did was draw up plans of how I wanted my small, awkward shaped garden to look.
- I made the decision that I would be realistic about the time scale, not give up and be flexible about when I did the work and when I expected it to be finished. This inner decision proved to be vital since the garden ended up taking far longer than I’d anticipated to be properly complete.
- Next, I searched on freecycle for items I could use in my garden and I was fortunate enough to get a pile of pebbles, red chips, 4 bags of sand and a few bags of good soil that people were giving away.
- I combined the trips to collect these items with a day out with my son so that I wasn’t paying petrol money just to pick up free stuff, making it less good value.
Hard stuff first
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