Spring has Sprung: 10 of the Best Easy Garden Hacks

Views 1 Like Comments Comment
Like if this guide is helpful
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Spring has finally sprung, and with long sunny days and balmy nights just around the corner it’s the perfect time to spruce up outdoor spaces and get planting for the summer. Maximise a small space or brighten up a drab garden with a few simple, creative tricks that are suitable for all budgets and gardening abilities. 

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Colourful Containers

Surely one of the simplest ways to introduce some colour into a drab and tired garden is to add some decorative plant pots or re-paint some existing terracotta pots with outdoor paint. The bigger the better and large pots full of lush foliage will really draw the eye.

Alternatively painted baskets or colanders are great to hang from a tree, or items such as an old wellington boot or even a wheelbarrow can add a quirky touch.

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Garden Glow

Add some glow in the dark paint or pebbles at various locations around the garden to create an eye-catching feature. Draw attention to driveway and path borders with a row of glow in the dark stones to light the way in the dark.

To brighten up plant pots and existing features, such as individual bricks or stones in pathways, apply a liberal coat of glow in the dark paint and a primer to seal from the elements.

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Shabby Chic

Transform a small space into a cosy entertaining area by building some patio furniture from used wooden pallets. Add some finishing touches such as cushions and potted lavender to create a tranquil chill out space.

These cheap wooden crates are extremely versatile and very easy to source. They can be manipulated into various designs, such as pallet sun loungers or even swinging chairs. The only equipment needed is a drill, some screws and a tin or two of paint to add some colour.

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Mood Lighting

Create outside lighting from used glass recyclables such as empty jars and bottles with small candles placed inside. The jar tea light holders can either be placed around the floor, used to decorate tables, or attached to a wall using wire and hooks to make use of limited space.

These fancy little lamps can be left as they are, but to add an extra splash of colour and style they can be decorated with glass paint or tissue paper and sealant in a colour of choice.

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Stencilling Up a Storm

Give a concrete patio a new lease of life by adding a stencil design to walls or floors. The only equipment required is a patterned airbrush stencil, concrete sealant and spray paint suitable for use on concrete.

A huge variety of airbrush stencil designs are available with patterns to suit all tastes. Stencils can also be used to add some colour to a garden wall, or the underside of stairs leading back to the house.

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Rubber Rings

Used car tyres needn’t be taken to the tip when they could be reused in a garden or on a patio. They can also often be sourced free of charge. Tyres have traditionally been used for garden swings and playgrounds and this is one great way to add some fun to the garden.

Another use which is right on trend in the upcycling community is to create colourful plant pots out of used tyres, simply apply a spray primer followed by a paint of choice to create a unique focal point.

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Moving On Up

When space is limited in smaller gardens or patios it often seems like there is little room for both greenery and entertaining space. Vertical gardens may hold the solution to this problem; often created by recycling unwanted materials, they are environmentally friendly and easy to manage.

Items such as pallets, plastic containers or drainpipes can be attached to the wall and planted up, creating plenty of space for home grown salad or flowers. For a more conventional approach, traditional hanging baskets or reclaimed colanders can be used to maximise outdoor space.

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Egg-cellent Planters

Egg shells are no longer a waste product, from now on they are nutrient packed, biodegradable seedling starter pots. Save money on pricey seedling pots by saving carefully cracked eggs and their boxes for the planting season.

Simply pierce a hole at the base of the empty shell, fill with compost, add seeds and water and replace in the box. Once the seedlings begin to sprout, crack the base of the egg and plant outside. The shell will provide calcium for the growing plant and also to the soil as it starts to break down.

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Bring the Birds

Bird houses are quaint little decorations for any garden that can be made from a variety of waste materials, such as old tree stumps or plastic bottles. It’s a great way to recycle and they can be painted to bring a splash of colour.

Of course the added bonus is that these little homes will attract a range of garden birds to bring some wildlife to an outdoor space. Plastic bottles can also be used to make handmade bird feeders, simply cut out a circular hole and fill with seeds then sit back and watch the birds arrive.

Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page

Night Lights

Jazzing up a plain garden wall with some outdoor fairy lights is a cost effective way to make a decorative feature out of an otherwise unappreciated space.

Delicate lighting helps to add ambiance to outside spaces and is great for entertaining. Trailing fairy lights are available which can be draped over trees and gazebos, whereas larger outdoor bulbs can be draped along the tops of walls to add a cheery glow. 

Have something to share, create your own guide... Write a guide
Explore more guides