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Termites to terrific - backyard make over on a budget

Tocikjaa
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Termites to terrific - backyard make over on a budget

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I moved into a neglected house last year, and there was a crumbling termite infested shed in the backyard. We ended up tearing down the shed (and treating for termites), which left a sunken pit in the garden bed (aka sand/weed bed). Given that I was on a tight budget, I had to work out the most cost effective way to transform the space. At the time, the house only had a poxy three wire pull out clothes line - not ideal!

 

We ended up erecting a Hills Hoist rotary clothes line, and filled the pit with sand from the adjoining garden bed. We used 600x600 mm cement pavers and basalt stones to create an eye catching, functional and cheap floor cover for the area. 

 

We then moved on to the garden bed. After lots of weeding, soil conditioning and love, we managed to create a neat and inviting area. We built the cantilever out of H4 pine posts, reomesh and wire. The bench was a market place steal, and the plants were all marked down or clippings. 

 

All up, the garden bed and clothes line area cost under $1000. Unless you consider the physical cost... in that case the cement pavers may cost you a sore back for a couple of days. 

 

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Eloise
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Re: Termites to terrific - backyard make over on a budget

Well done! You have definitely made the most of the space on a budget. 

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: Termites to terrific - backyard make over on a budget

You've done a remarkable job of transforming the neglected space into a functional location @Tocikjaa. It all looks wonderful! Are you planning on growing a climbing plant up and over the cantilevered wire? Is that a bougainvillea already planted?

 

Congrats on a marvellous project. I trust you'll enjoy the area for many years to come.
 
Mitchell
 

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Noyade
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Re: Termites to terrific - backyard make over on a budget

Afternoon ! @Tocikjaa 

 

Love ya backyard! You must be pleased with the result.

And I love the lights - I always like seeing a lighted backyard at night. Great for beer and fire buckets.

Tocikjaa
Budding Contributor

Re: Termites to terrific - backyard make over on a budget

Thanks @MitchellMc! We have already got so much use out of the space. 

Yes, I have planted a couple of bougainvillea under the cantilever. The garden bed cops afternoon sun, so I’m hoping the bougainvillea can eventually create a canopy to shade the area. Fingers crossed 🤞🏻

Tocikjaa
Budding Contributor

Re: Termites to terrific - backyard make over on a budget

Thanks @Noyade!

Yes, very happy with the space. 
The festoons certainly create a great atmosphere year round. 

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