Jun 06, 2023

I'm a professional gardener

AS the weather warms up more and more of us are wanting to spend more time outside to make the most of the sunshine.

Of course, not all of us have a luscious garden with space for huge flowerbeds, posh furniture and water features - but that that doesn't mean you can't upgrade your outdoor space.

Even if you're on a tight budget you can transform your outdoor space, no matter how big or small it might be.

Here are six of the best buys you can grab right now - and they won't break the bank.

A string of lights in your garden can instantly brighten up an otherwise boring space, and there are so many different ways you can do it.

You can add in solar powered lights into your flower pots, hand colourful lights over your fence, or take a leaf out of this savvy shopper's book and add lights to your garden furniture.

"Egg chair, net lights £9.99 Aldi. Comes with little cable ties and watertight battery case and batteries," she posted in the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK.

The lights instantly upgraded the look of her garden, and for under a tenner, you can't go wrong.

Another great way to get your garden summer-ready is to revamp your fence - you don't need to reach for the paint though.

One homeowner, who goes by @the_gillbert_home on social media, transformed her boring fence with a bargain buy from The Range.

She added the retailer's £24.99 'indoor/outdoor leaf metal wall screen' across her fence for some added interest.

The black screens look so posh and can be used for added privacy if your fence is on the gappy side of things too.

It's worth keeping your eyes peeled for any plants on sale, both in garden centres and in shops like Wilko and B&M.

One shopper recently showed off their haul of plants from Wilko, which they bagged for just 10p each.

Posting on Facebook, he shared a snap of the plants and said: "Got 18 strawberry plants - 10p each yes there not perfect but a good drink and some sun."

You don't have to stick your plants in boring terracotta pots if you don't want to.

In fact, you get get your hands on some stylish planters from Poundland, as money-saving whizz Holly Jay-Smith discovered.

The posh Sass and Belle plant pots are available for as little as £2.50 but looks loads more expensive.

If your patio is looking a bit worse for wear, you can give it a new lease of life without having to replace it all.

That's why one DIY whizz decided to do with her "awful" yellow patio slabs.

She used masonry paint from B&Q, which she bought for £35, and painted the old concrete slabs and trendy grey colour instead.

The paint job looked professionally done but was incredibly easy to do, the homeowner explained on TikTok.

It doesn't matter how much money you spend of posh plants, garden furniture and your patio if there are weeds lurking in your garden.

There are are a few ways you can get rid of pesky weeds, but some gardening fans recommend using white vinegar to get the job done.

You can buy white vinegar for as little as 80p, making it the perfect bargain hack to transform your garden just in time for summer.

Simply mix the vinegar with water and spray over any weeds to kill them, one gardening fan explained on Facebook.