Cost-Effective Landscaping Ideas

Visitors to your home often base their first impressions on your outdoor landscaping. Your yard design affects the overall appearance of your home and property. Although some types of landscaping create a large dent in the wallet, there are affordable alternatives that allow homeowners to create attractive and inviting yards. Substitute inexpensive materials for costly ones and incorporate a few economical landscaping ideas into your overall design to boost your curb appeal on a budget.


These walkways serve two functions in the landscape design. They provide access between locations or elements, such as your home and driveway or your garden and gazebo. They also add structural interest and another design in your landscape. Practice recycling by using sections of broken concrete in place of shaped paver bricks and expensive flagstones. Other types of salvaged materials suitable for walkways include bricks and stones from building renovations. Businesses and governments in charge of demolition projects often allow individuals to haul off these broken sections at no cost. Lay these in the same manner as pavers or flagstones to create a usable surface for walking between structures and planting spaces.


Select native species of trees, shrubs and flowers to place in your landscape. Avoid costly soil amendments by choosing plants that thrive in your existing soil. These cost-effective plants also require less supplemental water and fertilization than introduced species, saving time and money. Save on initial costs by transplanting a few varieties from wild groves and pastures to your yard (always ask permission first). Sometimes local farmers and landowners provide native species to individuals willing to dig and transport them from their property. These native plants perform well in difficult areas of your landscape, such as rocky and hilly sections with limited access.


Select groundcovers based on their ability to save money during planting and down the road. Choose grass seed over sod to save money on the initial installation cost. Although sod provides a quick cover, it costs more to purchase and install than grass seed. Select a drought-tolerant variety of grass to save future expenses on watering costs. Certain types of grass, such as Kentucky bluegrass and perennial rye require less water during dry periods. Save money in arid climates by using non-living groundcovers in selected areas of your lawn. Gravel or woodchips eliminates the need for costly and continual applications of water in many areas.

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Laura Dee is a writer, artist, and the co-owner of Wallace & Wallace Copywriting,an online business which specializes in providing marketing materials and copy to various companies. She has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and is currently working on a series of childrens' picture books.