Over the last month we have seen searches increase by 103% for garden furniture, 81% for tables and chairs, and 50% for lawn mowers*, so we have asked our Chief Marketing Officer, Hannah Rouch to share some of her top tips on how to find the best sustainable and second-hand purchases to bring your garden to life.
- Get your paintbrush out: Just like you would indoors, think about how colour can add to your garden space. Opting for black and neutrals can create a relaxed and modern look, while a pop of colour on furniture can create a fun and playful feel.
- Weather-proof your garden: Paint can transform tired garden furniture from faded to fantastic. For longevity, make sure you use a weather-proof spray paint on metal or an outdoor fence paint on wood and add a glaze of varnish where needed, so it can stay looking fresh year after year.
- Optimise your space: If your garden is small, look for old mirrors* to buy second-hand – either metal-framed or glass that you can mount on walls or simply rest on outdoor furniture. This creates intrigue as well as the feeling of light and space in darker corners.
*When introducing reflected items into your garden please be cautious to avoid starting a fire, for more deets Gardeningetc has some tips on how to safely use your garden mirror.
- The bigger the pot, the better: Savings can be made by buying plant pots second-hand – you can get beautifully aged terracotta at a bargain. In small spaces, planting a handful of the biggest pots you can find will create a more cohesive and relaxing feel than lots of little ones. Your plants will be happier, too! Bigger pots can also act as a blank canvas for you to put your own mark on and make them truly unique to you.
- Get creative with landscaping: Hard landscaping can cost a small fortune – but you can pick up paving slabs, sleepers and giant stones for a snip second-hand from local sellers on Gumtree. Often people doing a bit of a renovation job themselves will have discards they don’t need, plus you’ll be able to give them another lease of life instead of going to landfill.
- Sweep your space: You can save a fortune by buying tools second-hand on Gumtree, and they often come beautifully pre-loved. In small, paved spaces, you can get by with a good hand-trowel, broom and dustpan and brush – though these are crucial whatever size garden you have. I love finishing off a good gardening session with a sweep!
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*Source: Gumtree internal data – week on week comparison to March 27th 2022