Affordable Ways to Makeover Your Garden

Affordable Garden Makeovers

Transforming your garden into an oasis of tranquillity doesn’t have to mean emptying your wallet. With a bit of creativity and some expert tricks, you can give your green space a refresh without compromising on style or quality.

All it takes is a strategic approach to design and a willingness to roll up your sleeves. Even with a modest budget, you can achieve stunning results that make every penny count.

Of course, if you want some expert help or advice you can always contact us here at Surrey Landscapers for some ideas and inspiration.

Start with a Plan

Begin by envisioning what you want your garden to look like. A clear plan will help you to prioritise and spend smartly.

Consider the layout, the plants you like, and the areas you want to highlight, as these will all inform your spending decisions moving forward.

A well-thought-out blueprint is the foundation of an affordable makeover.

Use Seeds Instead of Plants

Purchasing fully-grown plants may be quick, but it can be heavy on the purse.

Instead of seeking instant results, opt for seed. These are less expensive and with a sprinkle of patience, you’ll be rewarded with a full garden that bears the same lush look in several weeks. It’s also incredibly satisfying to watch your efforts bloom before your eyes!

For family gardens, you can even get the kids involved and use this as both a bonding and learning experience for you all.

DIY Garden Features

Custom garden features don’t have to come with an exorbitant price tag, especially when you rely on creativity. Instead of paying for expensive garden furniture or features, why not build your own?

Whether it’s a bird bath, a simple water feature, or stepping stones, use recycled materials or upcycled items to create unique garden decor that won’t break the bank, yet still looks great.

Shop End-of-Season Sales

Your local garden centre can be a treasure trove, especially during end-of-season sales.

End-of-season sales are the perfect time to pick up plants, tools, and garden furniture at a fraction of the price, all without compromising on quality. Items only go on sale because they are from previous seasons and are often still in perfect condition when buying new.

Planning ahead pays off—buying towards the end of summer can set you up for the next year and ensure you get everything you need for a complete garden makeover.

Incorporate Perennials

Invest in perennials if you want to see lasting changes without a hefty price tag. These plants come back year after year, saving you money over time and ensuring your garden will always bloom beautifully without additional work.

Perennials tend to require less maintenance than many other plants, so investing in them is a win for both your schedule and your pocket.

Mulch for Health and Savings

A thick layer of mulch not only conserves water and battles weeds but also adds a neat, finished look to beds and borders throughout your garden.

If you want to makeover your garden without breaking the bank, mulch is an affordable way to spruce up your garden while being beneficial to your plants. Healthy plants are going to come back year after year, offering more colour and environmental benefits to your garden without additional spending.

Invite Wildlife

A garden brimming with life is a garden full of charm.

Incorporating elements like bird feeders, insect houses, and native plants throughout your garden can attract wildlife without a hefty investment. Many of these elements can even be a fun DIY project for the whole family, allowing you to experience the benefits without any cost at all.

The natural activity that these elements will encourage adds a dynamic aspect to your garden, making it a delightful spectacle for free.

Repurpose and Reuse

One of the best ways to makeover your garden without spending money is to be imaginative and use what you already have.

Whether you simply rejig the layout of your garden or get creative and reuse items, you can make some amazing changes without spending any money at all.

With some creativity, old furniture can become plant stands; unused containers can be reborn as flower pots; or recycled wood can become flower beds. With a fresh coat of paint or some small adjustments, repurposed items can add character and flair to your garden without costing an arm and a leg.

Choose Quality Where It Counts

While savings are crucial, investing in quality for certain aspects can save you money down the line.  Tools, soil, and foundational plants or trees should be high-quality to ensure longevity and prevent extra costs over time.

Collaborate with Friends and Neighbours

Consider pooling resources with friends and neighbours to make the most out of your gardens. Share the cost and use of tools, seeds, and other garden items, or even hire a landscape professional for a day or two to share.

Community spirit not only brings down expenses but also enhances enjoyment and shared learning.


The key to an affordable garden makeover lies in planning, patience, and creativity.

It’s the personal touches that make your garden your own. Your expertise and care paired with our guidance can ensure your garden is not just made over, but transformed into a thriving, welcoming haven.

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