Renovating your garden or outdoor space has been a popular project for many people during lockdown, with many retailers having short supply of certain goods.
With this in mind, repurposing material to help transform your garden is a sustainable and economical way to add character and style to your garden. You can add personal touches, all whilst keeping your budget low.
In our previous post, we gave a few ideas of how you can transform your garden during lockdown. This time, we give you some ideas of repurposed material you can use that can help you to do so.
Ideas for using railway sleepers in the garden
Timber sleepers, otherwise known as garden or railway sleepers, can be used for all manner of garden transformations. Used as fence posts and for decking substructure, sleepers are known for their versatility as well as their strength.
One use for sleepers is to line the border of the garden between the flower beds and grass. The best way to do this is to dig out turf for the sleepers to sit in order for the border to be consistent. You can use the sleepers to add rustic style to the garden, with options of painting the timber adding a bit of colour.
An idea for decking board and timber offcuts
If you’ve recently installed decking, it’s likely that you’ll have offcuts of decking boards, timber joists and other materials. A resourceful use of offcuts is to construct wooden panels that can be fixed to walls or fences in order to cover less attractive areas. The panels can be constructed creatively to lift the aesthetic appeal of the space.
Using old bricks in the garden
If you have an older property, especially if it was built over 50 years ago, it’s likely that there are beautiful bricks that can be utilised. Similar to the sleepers, they can be used to border the garden or erect a built-in barbeque.
Older bricks, once cleaned carefully with specific acid, can be used as a feature in the garden to add real character. Some bricks are engraved with local brickworks that may not be in use in current times, so adding a bit of local history to your garden is a nice touch.
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[Image credits – garden sleeper raised bed; garden sleepers as fence posts; brick BBQ grill (edited)]