Top tips for an inexpensive outdoor overhaul

Garden enhancement has become popular lately after being the only outdoor space many had access to during the pandemic.

Sales of sheds, patio furniture and fire pits have skyrocketed over the past two years as people seek to make the most of the outdoors.

Now that the cost of living continues to rise, consumers looking to upgrade their garden may want to do so on a budget.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to do this I, together with industry experts.


Decking is often seen as a great way to expand your living space while creating a low-maintenance garden.

Wood is often considered the material of choice, but it can require regular and often costly upkeep, including repairs, cleaning and staining.

For people looking to save time and money, composite decking is often considered the best alternative.

Eco-friendly, with no maintenance costs and in a variety of styles this can often be more affordable with Ultra Decking offering options from just £4.52 per metre.

Decking boards are also often recommended as a cheaper alternative to building a deck.

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Decorating your outdoor space with furniture is a great way to change the look of the area without spending a fortune, experts say.

Martin Waller, Founder of Andrew Martin, said: “By adding outdoor cushions, you can not only bring some much-needed comfort to your garden seating, but you can also blur the lines between indoors and outdoors, helping to create a space that often left half unused makes you feel like a carefully thought out living space all year round.”


For those looking to upgrade their gardens, upcycling is an important way to do so without spending a fortune.

People can do this by painting or renovating their existing or used patio furniture.

To save on buying brand new patio furniture, which can often be costly, you can also see if you can find used or used indoor or patio furniture that might work well outdoors.

Just make sure you cover it properly to protect it from the elements.

Jonny Livingston, Gardener at Gardeners Dream added: “The number one way to save money on your garden renovation is to repurpose items that are already in your garden or around your home.

“If you have some old bricks lying around, use them to build a new path in the garden.

“Another excellent way to save money in your garden is to swap plants with another gardener.

“Contact some of your fellow gardeners and offer to trade plants. This way, you can both add some variety to your garden without spending the extra money.

Upcycling can be an inexpensive way to change the look of your garden (Photo: John Keeble/Getty)

Make smart purchases

Being smart about what you buy is a great way to cut costs. Make sure you don’t buy more than you need and take advantage of all the offers.

Mr Livingston added: “Make strategic purchases for your garden. Many nurseries have special offers on plants at certain times of the year. Be sure to grab those sales for the best deal to keep more money in your pocket.”

Energy efficient lights

One way to reduce the cost of your outdoor space is to make sure the lighting is energy efficient.

LED lights are probably the best option for this, as they last much longer and generate less heat than incandescent or CFL light bulbs, thus using up to 90 percent less energy compared to a traditional light bulb.

Solar powered lights can also charge during the day and then glow as the evening grows darker.

Buy in bulk

If you’re planning a full overhaul, making sure you buy in bulk can be a great way to get the most bang for your buck.

Ruby UK’s Jess Parsons said: “Check if the supplier you use offers discounts if you buy in bulk. For example, if you’re looking for new fences, it might be cheaper to buy all the materials in bulk at once.

“Also, check with friends if they’re in the market for the same gardening products you’re looking for, combine your orders and you could both get bigger savings.”

“If your fence is looking a little worn, you may not necessarily need to replace an entire panel.

“Instead, remove the most damaged boards and order individual boards to replace to avoid significantly higher manufacturing costs.”

Decorate cheaply

Decorating doesn’t have to cost the earth and completely changing the style of your outdoor space can be as easy as buying some cheap tiles.

Sally Conway, Head of Consumer Communications at Shawbrook Bank, said: “Tile, creative stonework, plants and some subtle lighting can transform an unloved concrete floor into a beautiful patio that can truly be an extension of your home.

“Add a cover and portable heater for those cooler days, and you can create a space to enjoy whatever the weather.”

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