Affordable Landscaping Ideas

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Overview

You don't need a million dollars to have a lush and beautiful yard. With a little bit of money and a lot of hard work, your yard can be the envy of the Jones's and every other family in your neighborhood. Focus on projects that you can accomplish yourself and come up with budget-friendly alternatives to costly features.

Budget

The first step it to actually set a specific budget. If you don't have a clear idea of what you want to spend, and record your spending as it happens, you may have no idea of when you start going overboard. Small expenses add up, so track every penny.

Get Drawing

A lot of people choose to hire a landscape architect to plan out their lawn. Doing it yourself can save you a lot of money. Get books out of the library about making landscaping designs. If you design it yourself, you will have complete control over the plan and a sense of pride and accomplishment at the end of the project. There are even websites with galleries of landscape drawings to get you started.

A Small Lawn

Planting a lawn is not very expensive, but maintaining a large one can end up being a huge expense. With expensive fertilizers, sprinkler systems and mowing, a large lawn can cost a lot in the long run. You may consider making the actual lawn a small area, with more room for beautiful patios and mulched gardens. This is especially important to consider in areas of the country that are prone to drought.

Building Materials

Get thrifty with building materials. There are plenty of ways that you can acquire building materials for rock walls and stone paths throughout your land. Check classified ads for people who are trying to get rid of building materials. Often times, brick and stone can be salvaged from burned down or demolished houses and can add a lot of character to a garden. Beautiful stones that you gather by a river can be turned into landscaping material that has memories attached to it.

Choosing Plants

If you are working with a small plant budget, you don't have to compromise on quality. Instead, find out what kinds of plants are native to your region and grow well there. These plants will be less costly and will be easier to maintain. If a plant is cheap but not right for where you live, you are only going to spend more money on replacing the plants you kill.

About this Author

Emily King holds a dual Bachelor's degree in English writing and business, along with a minor in studio arts from the University of Pittsburgh. She has written for a printed monthly magazine, has experience in the financial and health care industries and has published numerous online articles.

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