Low Budget Landscaping Ideas

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Low Budget Landscaping Ideas
You can landscape your home without spending a lot of money. (garden image by memorialphoto from Fotolia.com)

Working on the landscaping of your home is a great way to make your house look more welcoming from the outside and create an inviting space to socialise with friends and family. It might be easy to spend thousands of dollars hiring landscaping companies to improve the outside of your home, but you can also make plenty of big changes without spending a lot of money.

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Seasonal Shopping

Outdoor plants are often expensive, especially if you want to purchase more than one plant. Visit the garden nursery store at the end of the planting season for the best deals on the plants you want. Also keep an eye open for big discounts on plants that are broken or not in the best shape. Even though these plants might not look perfect now, most of the time they are easily rehabilitated with some water, pruning, and sunlight.

Design Your Own Landscaping

Hiring a landscaping company to create your yard design is a very expensive prospect. Instead, get ideas from walking around your neighbourhood, visiting the homes of friends and family, watching landscaping shows on television, and reading landscaping magazines. Keep a list of the features you like the best and those you like the least and reference it frequently when it is time to implement your ideas. Make a rough sketch of your yard before you start buying and planting so you know how much you need to buy and don't overspend.

Share the Cost

If you need to rent any equipment to complete your landscaping project, ask around the neighbourhood to see if anyone is working on a similar project and is interested in splitting the equipment cost with you. This can cut your expense in half or more, and you can share landscaping tips with your neighbour as well.

Use Paint

Instead of spending a lot of money to replace an old patio, consider refreshing it using concrete paint. Wash off the patio and then paint it the same way you would paint a wall. If you want to add more interest to your patio, use tape and a ruler to paint a pattern onto the concrete. Use a concrete sealer after you are finished painting, to protect the paint and prevent it from chipping.

Visit Yard Sales

Yard sale merchandise often includes outdoor decorations, gardening supplies and sometimes even plants. Check out yard sales in your neighbourhood to see if you can find any good deals before heading to a larger store for the rest of your purchases.

Conserve Water

After your landscaping is complete, you still have the expense of watering your plants. When selecting your plants, look for those that are drought-tolerant. These plants require less water to thrive and will look good in your garden, and you won't have to spend a fortune on the water bill.

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