Learn some secrets to landscaping your yard for under $500. Most real estate agents predict that improving the landscaping around a home can help increase its value. However, landscaping is a labor-intensive project that requires the use of some expensive materials. By keeping costs low, sensible landscaping can create more profit for budget-minded homeowners.
Do as much of the work yourself to save money on your landscaping. Clear grass or other plants from an area to create flower beds, haul the rocks to border the bed yourself, and pick up and deliver all the soil and wood chip mulch you plan to use.
Call around and research your area to find free supplies if possible. Look for stone for free down by a lake shore; your city may give away free compost and wood chips (mulch); look at construction sites for free dirt to use as fill. Make sure it is clean soil so not to contaminate your yard.
Draw a plan that will help in designing the landscape, finding how many plants will be needed, and what supplies need to be found for free. A simple drawing can make the difference between making your budget and going over it.
Buy your plants with longevity in mind. Look for local plants that keep their green year around and mix in some perennials that will come back every spring for color. Most of perennial plant prices will discount up to 75 percent in the fall in regions that experience freezing temperatures. Set the plants in the ground as soon as possible to get their roots set in before frost.
Nurture your new plants before frost so they live to see spring. Water frequently until the plants are established and mulch with the free wood chips to retain moisture.