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Fiona Hurst
10 June 2019
I have started getting my garden BBQ and summer ready. We had a little bit of work done on our garden a few years ago but it needs a little bit of TLC to get it spruced up and ready for all the lovely BBQ weather we’re going to have! (I hope!). With friend and family occasions popping up across the summer, spending tonnes of money on the garden was never an option. Here are my tips that will help make your garden look summer ready without hitting the wallet too hard.

A Power Hose is your best friend!

A sure-fire way to spruce up your outdoor area is to clean all concrete slabs, tiles and wooden fences (anything that doesn’t move!) with a power hose. My garden slabs came up like brand new when I cleaned them and the difference it all made to the whole garden was incredible. It brightens everything up in a flash. I decided to paint my wooden fences, so cleaning the dirt and cobwebs off them first was a definite must. Lidl have a great power washer but if you don’t have a budget or don’t want to buy one this year, why not ask a friend or a neighbour for a loan of theirs? I would recommend investing in one at some point though – words can’t describe the satisfaction of seeing how clean everything is when you’ve spruced up.

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Paint Paint Paint

I always underestimate how a simple coat of paint can transform a garden space. I picked up a few pots of Ronseal Fence Life in my local DIY store to paint my fences. It came highly recommended from a friend and it was reduced to only €14.99 for 5 Litres which was a mini win for me. Upcycling my fences with a bit of paint made them look like new. Replacing the old fences with new ones would have cost a lot more.

Plant Away!

To add a pop of colour and life to my garden, I picked up some beautiful and reasonably priced plants in my local Lidl. They have a great range of bedding and plants available in store at great prices and they plant really well in any garden. We needed some new plants to brighten up our flower beds that we already have in place, so these came in very handy.


There’s nothing more enjoyable than dining outside and taking advantage of the warmer weather during the summertime. We are currently on the lookout for a nice BBQ so we can indulge in some dinners al fresco during the warmer evenings. We came across some great offers on BBQs and chimneys in my nearest Home Store + More with selected garden furniture 50% off this month. A Smoker BBQ caught our eye and it is reduced to only €130 from €260. It’s a great price and it would be the perfect addition to our garden.

Accessories are key

Set a nice ambience in your garden by adding some beautiful garden d├ęcor and lighting around your space. I picked up some LED Solar Lights to hang across the top of my newly painted fences. Although they are only a small part of the garden, they create a nice summer vibe and they look gorgeous at night-time.

Time to Relax

Any type of garden furniture needs to be treated as an investment, regardless of your budget. Due to our not so predictable Irish weather, we must ensure that the furniture will last at least a couple of years. I found some gorgeous outdoor furniture from which I have added to my wish-list. Some of their items have up to 48% off! We purchased some really nice furniture last year, so we don’t need to replace them just yet, but shop around, especially on online sites for the best deals.

Fire & Ice

As a special addition to our garden, we invested in a fire pit which we spotted in Home Store + More at 50% off recently. What I love most about fire pits is that they can be used in hot or cold weather and if there’s a grill attachment included you can also use it for cooking. I can’t wait to have the garden fully completed so I can sit back and enjoy the long evenings with this lit while the children sleep soundly in their beds.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

One tip that I always found myself going back to when it comes to making the most of your garden is using a mirror. I love outdoor mirrors. They open the space by pulling in light regardless of where they're placed in the garden. Don’t forget to check your local charity shop for inexpensive mirrors that can be used outside too! It’s a great way to save while giving back at the same time.

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