People love to spend time in their garden, and it can be a great way to relax. What isn’t relaxing is the rabbit hole you can find yourself in with spending money on equipment and materials.
To help you save money while still being able to enjoy your garden, we have asked the garden experts at Fylde grass, who specialise in artificial grass and composite decking, to share some thrifty tips.
Make your own compost
Buying compost you need for your garden may well be quicker but making your own is actually very easy and will save you money. It’s not just garden waste which can make good compost, adding in kitchen waste such as vegetable pealing’s is an excellent way of adding to your mix.
Also, don’t be afraid to add some liquid to your compost. Water which has been used for cooking vegetables in or water from a vase of flowers can be added and will help your compost.
Growing in bags
If you have a small garden or just a back yard space or balcony, then you may think growing vegetables such as potatoes would be hard. Some may advise you to spend money on building raised beds or buying pots, but you can grow potatoes in bags.
Either designated grow bags or just burlap bags or sacks. This can save you money and also provide you with a delicious product.
Don’t impulse buy at the garden centre
Garden centres can be a great place to spend some time learning about the kind of plants available, but you should never impulse buy. Just because a plant looks good in the garden centre doesn’t mean it will be suitable for your garden. You need to research the plant’s requirements and potential growth in size before buying.
If you do buy a plant impulsively just because you like the way it looks, you could end up with a plant you can’t care for or one that will outgrow your available space. In either case, you may end up getting rid of the plant and ultimately having wasted your money.
Citrus peel to protect your plants,
Using chemicals in your garden can not only be harmful but expensive. One natural and cheaper alternative is to use citrus peel to protect your plants. Tearing citrus peels and placing them around plants which are being attacked by pests is a quick and easy way of using items already in your kitchen to help your garden.
You can also make a hole in the citrus peel and place it over the stem of an affected plant. This method is a good place to start before spending money on, what can be, expensive chemical pesticides.
Use leftover bricks
If you have had any work done on your home recently, you will likely have some leftover bricks. Instead of spending money having the bricks taken away, a great use for them is to edge your flower beds in a garden.
The red tones of the bricks nicely contrasts the green grass and can really bring out the colour of any flowers you have planted. It also provides a clean edge to your garden lawn.
We hope these tips help you get the most out of your garden while also saving you some money.