Thrifty mum-of-three transformed scrubland into garden – and it looks amazing

The cost of a garden makeover can depend on a number of variables, firstly how much work needs to be done, and also the quality of the products you want to use.

Whether you've already decided on every aspect of the renovation or plan to employ a garden designer to help you to get the most of your budget, it can be incredibly hard to get the work done at a reasonable price.

And it seems that no matter how hard you try to cut corners, you'll still fork out a good sum of money.

But not Becca Menzies, 44, from Sussex who managed to do just that, for just £1,300.


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Although that's still pretty pricey, it includes clearing the weeds, levelling the land with new soil, edging, strimming and planting new flowers as well as a decking area, pool and furniture.

What started off as a piece of scrub land, turned into a beautiful garden with much-needed privacy in only three weeks.

Becca managed to keep the overall price relatively low compared to other large renovations, by ordering cheaper products online through sites like eBay and reusing old materials.

The mum-of-three told LatestDeals.co.uk : "I did most of this over a three week period while my hubby was away working and it almost killed me!"


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Becca started the gruelling process by clearing the three-foot high weeds, followed by strimming and mowing the entire lot.

Then, she created flower beds by digging and turning over the soil at the perimeter, before planting her flowers and shrubs that she bought on eBay, and hammering in the edging for the plant borders.

She also suggested looking on Facebook Marketplace for shrubs and flowers since a number of nurseries will deliver in bulk at a lower price.

Next came the lawn, which, due to the uneven land and a £40 rotavator, took a number of days – including laying the turf.


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After knocking in some posts, adding rails, chicken wire, a gate and a personalised sign, she'd successfully cornered off a section of the garden for her chickens too.

The last task to tackle was the deck, which she'd left to her husband. 

And after putting up the pool, and using wood which she sourced from a saw mill, she was able to put together a few bits of furniture, like a table and log store.

She said: "I feel relieved it’s done, and I’m so delighted with how it turned out. Making something from scratch and investing your blood and tears is so much more rewarding than simply inheriting a garden.

"It’s so private and a lovely space for the children. I’m planning on making a little castle for my daughter this summer, besides enjoying a glass of wine while the sun goes down and plenty of dips in our little pool on hot summer days!"

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