Brilliant ideas to modify your backyard that won’t cost you a fortune

posted by Chris Valentine

If you were thinking about changing something in your garden, but don’t want to break the bank – don’t worry. Breathing a new life into your backyard can be quickly done on a budget. There are plenty of things that can be done cheaply, and will still make a massive difference in the appearance of the whole space.

If you want to find out how to make your garden look fabulous without going broke, just keep reading.

Add a Water Feature

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You can change the look of your garden by adding something as simple as a birdbath. And if you have kids, this is a great way to keep them occupied, as they will be busy looking out for the birds that visit the garden.

If you have a pond, you can add fish to it. However, if you decide to do it, remember to add one or two pond pumps as they help in keeping the water clean and full of oxygen. You can opt for a special pump that will create the effect of a fountain. Cheap, but how spectacular.

Get to Painting

It will surprise you how much, doing something as simple as painting the fence can change the look of the whole garden. A crumbling fence can make even the most beautiful garden look withered, so you should devote one weekend so that you can bring it back to life.

And you don’t have to opt for neutral colours like black or white. You can go a little crazy and paint it pink or yellow. A little bit of colour will definitely brighten it up, and make it more lively. Choose a colour that will appeal to you on the trip to the closest DIY store. However remember to choose outdoor paints, so that the colour won’t fade.

Also, if you are already painting the fence, don’t forget that you can also paint the plant pots, and give them a little makeover. In this case, it will be an even better choice if you’ll go for a pop of colour.

Light It Up

If you look for inexpensive garden ideas, in most of them you will find a mention of lighting. That’s because even using something as small as fairy light can add a lot of character into it without the need for a significant change. Since most of the ones available right now are LEDs, the electricity bills won’t put a dent in your pocket. And if you care about the environment, you can choose the solar-powered lights.

There are so many shapes, sizes and colours available that you will easily find some that will fit your garden perfectly. And if you don’t like DIY, you can always opt for those lamps that can be staked into the ground.

Use Accessories

Accessories can change space A LOT. Just as changing the bedsheets can change the look of the whole bed, adding, for example, cushions can do it to the patio set. You don’t have to spend a fortune – you can just add simple things like candle holders on the patio table. And if you have any metal accessories, don’t be afraid to paint them, so that you can give them a new life.

If you like to DIY and live in a place that there’s not much rain, you can create a garland, and hang it on one of the walls. How to do it? You can use, for example, the vintage book of botanical drawings. Just cut out the shape you want (a heart, a star, etc.) and glue it to a cord. And that’s it – the only thing left is to hang it.

DIY a Potting Table

This is an excellent idea if you have somewhere an old kitchen cabinet or a drawer. Just by adding a few modifications, you can transform it into a convenient potting table. To do it, you should start with painting it with outdoor paint. You can also change the worktop if you want to. Add hooks to the side so that you can have easy access to things like trowels and other gardening tools. And you’re done – inside of it, you can stash things like seeds, pots or compost.

Hang Bloom Boxes

This is probably one of the cheapest, if not the most inexpensive way to change your backyard. It’s almost effortless to create bloom boxes if you have old pieces of wood lying around in the house. And even if you don’t, spare wood is not expensive. No matter how big your backyard is, adding a bloom box will create enough charm for any setting.

Also, remember to use a multi-purpose compost. If you want to put it in a place where there is a lot of sun, consider using Surfinias or Bacopa, and if the area is more shady, then you can try Lobelia or Fuchsia.


As you can see, you don’t have to spend a fortune to bring a new atmosphere to your backyard. All you need is a will to do it, and a little bit of imagination. In most cases, it’s the small things that make the most significant difference.

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