Gardening hacks

Top trending TikTok and Instagram hacks to transform your garden overnight

There’s no better time to spruce up your garden than when it gets warm, and it appears the rest of the country thinks so too. 

It has been reported that Brits spend a staggering 5,675 hours over their lifetime tending to their garden, highlighting just how much we value our outdoor space. Not surprisingly, 45 hours alone are spent watering plants each year. In the past year, Brits have also spent £421 getting their hands dirty in the garden, with most looking forward to spending time outdoors this year. 

With that in mind, tombola are sharing the quickest and easiest TikTok and Instagram hacks to update your garden.

Searches for ‘garden ideas’ have increased by 165%

Comparing searches for ‘garden ideas’ from January to March 2021, to the same period in 2020, tombola can reveal that those searches have increased by a huge 165%.

 Likewise, searches for ‘garden hacks’ and even ‘TikTok hacks’ have spiked by 32% and 16% respectively, suggesting the garden is becoming a top priority for Brits. Luckily, the below tips will help you transform your home and improve kerb appeal.

1.   Turn your indoor tablecloth into a rug in less than an hour

Searches for ‘outdoor rugs’ have increased by 179%  in the past month. But, did you know, you can make one yourself? Take your tablecloth, use a couple of coats of water-based polyurethane - about 10 minutes apart - on both sides, and then use a rubber rug backer to keep it in place. This should help prevent wear and tear and you can then place it under your outdoor seating/canopy to keep it protected. The water-based polyurethane does dry fast, so keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t stick to the floor. 

If you’ve got the DIY itch, you can also create a brand-new, geometric indoor rug using carpet cut-off samples and sticking them together on the underside with strong tape.

2.   Use white vinegar to clean your patio in 20 minutes

If you can’t afford a pressure washer or don’t have an outdoor tap, you might be wondering how to clean your outdoor paving. You can do it with white vinegar (costing less than £2) and a strong gardening brush. Mix half white vinegar and water together, let it sit for around 20 minutes and then scrub and rinse it away.

3.   Create stepping stones overnight using cake tins, just like Mrs Hinch

Mrs Hinch is one of the UK’s most iconic ‘cleanfluencers’, but she has also been known to share gardening tips. Taking a bag of cement and mixing with water with a large stick in a tub, she lined cake tins with clingfilm and carefully poured the cement into each in a recent Instagram story. She then popped spare kitchen tiles into the mix to create stepping stones and left to set until the next day to create DIY stepping stones.

4.   Don’t throw away spoiled milk, use it for your soil

If your milk has started to spoil, don’t throw it away. Instead, use it for your garden. Mix the milk with your soil and add it to the top of your plants to act as a natural fertiliser, while also saving you money.

5.   Create ‘real wood’ garage doors with a paint kit in just three hours

TikToker ‘karissaathome’ regularly shares DIY tips to more than 111,000 followers. But one of her videos demonstrates how you can create the illusion of real wood garage doors. Using three coats of Giani wood paint, in just three hours, Karissa created wood-effect doors and has even significantly improved the kerb appeal of her home. You can also add magnetic door handles to complete the ‘authentic’ look.

6.   Use glass bottles to keep your plants alive while away

If you are planning to go away or are simply looking for more tips to keep your plants hydrated, all you need are glass bottles . Just fill them up with water and stick them straight into the soil upside down. Another tip is to water them before doing this, so the water lasts longer in the bottle.

7.   Perk up your plants using oats from your kitchen cupboard 

Did you know you can use oats to help your plants grow? If your plants are wilting or looking a little lackluster, just add two tablespoons of dried oats around the soil of your plants once a month to give them a new lease of life.

8.   Sprinkle cinnamon to protect your plants

Plants love cinnamon. Sprinkling cinnamon on seedlings can encourage growth, and it can also help to prevent disease in your plants. But one of its main selling points is that cinnamon can stop bugs from eating your plants.

9.   Provide a habitat for butterflies, bees and other wildlife

Julie Power from Blooming Native Wildflowers states that wildflowers are a great place to get started for those new to gardening, but you need to make sure that your soil fertility is low. “Firstly, don't apply fertiliser or plant food. Secondly, cut (mow) the grass and weeds every now and again (at least twice a year) and then remove these cuttings, you will eventually notice some flowers may pop up if there are dormant flower seeds in the soil. Have you sown some wildflowers? Cut the flowers back to about 7cm in height in Autumn. Then, remove these cuttings. This is the most important step! By removing the cuttings, you are keeping soil fertility low and also allowing the new and existing plants to receive better access to light.

 “Native plants feed insects, which in turn feed birds, bats, and other wildlife.” This can also help to provide a habitat for butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife.

10.   Use soap BEFORE gardening

If you are gardening without gloves, you’ll know how frustrating it is trying to remove soil from underneath your nails. However, a little tip before planting is to very gently run your nails through a block of soap, which means the soap goes under your nails. This should prevent as much soil from getting under, and you can wash away when finished.

11.   Bring the outdoors in with wood panelling

This one is a little trick for those who have spare wood in their garden and would love to refresh a room in their house. Take some spare wood, attach to your wall in the pattern you would like and paint over. You can do this in a matter of hours for just the cost of a tin of paint.

If you are looking for even more tips for the home, you can check out our cleaning hacks and even how you can save £81 with natural cleaning products.