Update Your Spring Garden Decor Without Breaking the Bank

Update Your Spring Garden Decor Without Breaking the Bank

Written by: Liz Shemaria

Spring is one of the most popular times for home improvement projects, and it can lead some homeowners to create long lists of must-have garden updates. To maximize updates while keeping your budget in check, you should take a DIY approach while optimizing a few additions instead of going for everything. No matter what size your garden is, these projects can help you enjoy all the benefits of spring’s outdoor season without breaking the bank. These updates can also work well for selling a home fast in San Francisco or anywhere, making focusing on quick changes with a lasting impact easier. 

Start with an assessment.

Before you start adding new elements to your garden, you’ll save yourself time by looking at what you already have. The first step to preparing your garden for spring should be weeding, pruning, and hauling away anything extra that doesn’t belong in your garden. You can then more easily see where to add new plants, mulch, or raised beds. Depending on how large your garden is, you may need to spend a considerable amount of time hauling stuff away to create a clean slate that you can add to. 

Add mulch to your lawn.

If you have a lawn, it will need maintenance to get it back to looking its best for the spring and summer. However, properties are expensive to maintain with watering, mowing, and reseeding. If you want to cut down your garden expenses, consider replacing bare patches of lawn (or even your entire property) with mulch or a rock garden. This is the kind of upgrade that’s an investment to keep your garden in shape all year long. You’ll save money on your water bill and mowing. A bonus of replacing lawn with mulch is that it can make your garden more desirable to buyers.

Go for perennials.

As you think about plants to add to your garden, some are easier to maintain than others. While it might be tempting to pick your favorite flowers for your garden, it can be a wiser choice also to consider those plants and flowers that are native to your area and are perennials that will withstand the seasons without extra effort. If you don’t know which plants to buy, ask your garden center for tips. As with adding mulch over the lawn, picking native plants and perennials can save on your maintenance and water bills. 

Take plants from indoors and outside.

In winter, indoor plants can add life to your home by bringing the outdoors in. However, as the outdoor temperature rises, it can be a chance to give your plants some extra fresh air. Not all indoor plants can be moved outdoors, but you might consider moving herb gardens or other hearty plants that can withstand variable temperatures outside.

Go DIY with garden furniture.

One of the best parts of a garden is enjoying it during the spring and summer. Taking furniture out of storage, you may decide that it’s time for a refresh. To save money on garden furniture, consider restaining, repainting, or even starting with a power wash before replacing it. You can also go DIY using found objects like storage pallets combined with wood and cushions to create outdoor coffee tables and couches. Add string lights that you can put up quickly to take your garden from day to night and then take down for the winter. Giving your garden a spring update can be a DIY project for a weekend or two without a significant investment by making smart updates.