I'm a gardening expert – my six simple tips can spruce up your outdoor space at little to no cost | The Sun

A GARDENING expert has shared six simple tips to spruce up your outdoor space at little to no cost.

Matthew Clague from Speedy has shared his advice on how to prepare for the summer season and make your outdoor and gardening spaces lively again.

Clague suggests starting with paint.

An inexpensive way to transform a space, a single can of paint can go a long way in touching up sheds, fences, and furniture.

“Before applying paint, make sure the surface is dry and brush away any dust and debris,” said Clague.

“To make the job quick and easy and ensure a professional finish, use a paint sprayer.”


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He also suggests looking into wooden pallets.

“Wooden pallets can be easily – and inexpensively – upcycled into all sorts of garden items,” Clague said, including planters and garden furniture.

“Add wheels to the bottom of a pallet table to make it easily to move around," he said.

"And be sure to accessorize sofas with cushions and blankets, so they’re comfortable to use and you can keep warm into the early hours.”

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Doing a spring clean can also easily spruce up a space.

Get a broom and dustpan and sweep up leftover leaves from the fall and winter seasons.

You could also opt to power wash your space for a deeper clean.

Clague also suggests using garden waste you already have to cut back on additional costs.

This could involve creating your own wood chips, or using tree trunk slices to make a walking path.

Adding height to your garden is another way to spruce it up.

“Crates can be screwed to the wall, painted in a complementary colour and then used to display potted plants," Clague said.

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"Arrange crates at different heights or fix a couple together to make a pigeon-hole style shelf unit."

Clague's final tip is to only buy the tools necessary to maintain your space to keep it cost effective.

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