A game-changing update for every garden (no matter what your budget)

You'll be surprised what you can achieve on a limited budget

For National Gardening Month we’re encouraging all our readers to give their gardens some TLC. Afterall, a well kept garden will definitely add value to a home – New research of 2,000 home owners conducted by National Garden Gift Vouchers has revealed that 72% believe a presentable garden adds value to a home -up to approximately 20%.

But taking care of your garden needn’t break the bank as Lucy Wenger, Horticulturist from the Eden Project, explains…

£5 – Colour with bedding plants

A tray of Tagetes or Antirrhinum (snapdragons) will add instant colour to your front garden and bloom throughout the summer. Be sure to feed them weekly with tomato food in the summer keep them well watered in the heat – snip off any dead flower heads to keep them looking top notch. With the right care they should be packed with flowers until early autumn.

£10 – Add a fragrant hanging basket

Hanging baskets are easy to make and look stunning. Make sure you use multi-purpose compost and feed regularly with tomato food. For a sunny spot use sun loving Surfinias and Bacopa and for a more shady corner try Lobelia and trailing Fuchsia.

£25 – Feed and seed your grass

During the summer you’ll want to keep your lawn in good condition, regular mowing will keep it healthy. If you want to add lushness to your lawn between May and August pick a cool, moist day and apply a summer lawn fertiliser or chicken manure pellets. Broadcast them across your lawn and lightly water. They are both high in nitrogen so this will create a lusher, greener lawn and set off the flowers in your borders.

£50 – Revitalise wooden fences, gates and sheds with paint

Use paint specially designed for outdoor use to add new life to your garden as this will help preserve the wood, meaning the colour won’t fade. Create a bold statement with your trellis or shed by using bright oranges for a hot Mediterranean feel. To focus attention on the plants themselves use a colour to divert the eye away from fences and gates such as holly green. This will make them melt into the background.

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