You still have time to give your garden a facelift for the summer. Why not plan a weekend project in August?


Dulux Judge from SuperGarden, Monica Alvarez has some great tips on how to give a new lease of life to your garden using bits you may already have hanging around.

Why are more people opting to upcycle nowadays?

1. It is better for the environment and reduces landfill. Many of us are now more climate conscious climate than ever before and wearing our green hats we need to reduce our carbon footprint.

2. It offers people a creative outlet. Many old items can be repurposed and used in a variety of different ways. Old beer bottles can be used in a mosaic or broken pots can be transformed into feeding bowls for birds.

3. It is more affordable. Sometimes a lick of paint can restore a piece of furniture and at a fraction of the price it is brand new! 

The following projects could be done in one day:

Upcycling old flower pots

Many of us are culprits when it comes to having old or cracked flower pots in our gardens. If you want to redesign some pots or find a fun activity to do with friends, all you need are some old pots, a brush, masking tape, a sponge and also some Cuprinol Garden shades. 

Painting Wood

Painting wood in your garden can take many shapes and forms; from fences, to wooden pallets, to sheds. Adding a splash of colour can bring a great brightness to your garden and it can also add a new relaxing area to even the smallest space.

Before you begin painting, ensure you prepare your surface. Remove excess dirt and soiling, large areas of algae, lichen, fungi or moss with a scraper or stiff brush, then sand and clean the surface. Bare or untreated wood should be pre-treated with an appropriate wood preserver to prevent rot and decay, such as Cuprinol Wood Preserver Clear. Wood previously stained, painted or varnished should be stripped back to bare wood. Spark it to life by choosing Cuprinol Garden shades,  this gives a beautiful, long lasting colour and protection to all garden wood. 

If you are interested in doing some more in your garden this weekend, why not check out some other tips for weekend projects here

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