Tips for a Low-Cost Landscaping

Published on March 6th, 2017 No Comments

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Do you feel like it’s time to give your garden a redo? It can be quite challenging to do some landscaping especially if you’re short on cash. However, there are still ways to achieve a stunning garden without hurting your wallet. It’s best to determine first how much you are willing to spend for your renovation.

You can also save on some bucks by using salvaged materials. These are less expensive and also add a country feel or contemporary touch to any garden. It all depends on what theme you are trying to go for. We have listed below some landscaping tips on how you can stretch your budget wisely.

You Need a Landscape Plan

Landscape Plan

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Whether you want to improve your existing design or have a completely new look for your garden, it is critical to ask yourself the right questions. Landscaping an entire property requires major planning than restoring a specific area on your front yard /back yard. Before you start to install the landscaping, consider how much maintenance it will need in the future. You must always allot a budget for that.

A vegetable garden or installing a few flowerbeds is not difficult to maintain. Determining if projects are big or small makes it easier for you to control your spending by picking the right plants and materials that you will be needing.

Consider Small Improvements First


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To avoid overspending, you need to consider improving your existing landscaping first. Identify which parts of your garden or yard looks best and which looks worst. It is recommended to prioritize the areas that really need attention. Focus on the portion of your garden where weeds are teeming or areas with dead grass.

Start by trimming shrubs and trees and catering to messy flowerbeds. It is better to spend on small adjustments rather than setting-up unnecessary flowerbeds or plants. If you are unsure what particular modifications your garden requires, you can always consult an expert (if your budget still allows it).

Pick Your Plants Wisely


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Evergreens such as boxwood shrubs add a formal effect to your landscaping. Use retainers to create interesting visual areas. These will look lovely on almost any garden and prevent soil erosion. Roses can enhance your garden with its low-maintenance and colorful blooms. Herbaceous trees are great for highlighting island pathways of bigger yards.

Ornamental trees are used mostly in creating focal points. You may want to avoid plants that need to be replaced seasonally. Instead, plant perennials such as irises and hostas because these are ideal for any flower garden. It is important for low-cost garden renovations, to pick shrubs, trees and flowers that are economical.

There are plants that require more care and maintenance than others. Make sure that you identify which plants will suit your budget and lifestyle before purchasing them.

Additional Tips


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There are also other tricks that can help you save money such as conserving rainfall to water your flowerbeds. This can significantly cut the cost of your water bill. Huge items such as trees can be installed one at a time. Always go for younger potted types than matured ones. The maintenance of these can be costly. You cannot just uproot a tree once you decide to plant it. You may need to use your best pole saw to prune it.

Walkways add a touch of flair to any garden or backyard. You can use concrete and wood beams for this. If you are feeling creative, try mixing and matching complementing colored rocks. The addition of lights is aesthetically pleasing and also adds safety features to your garden.

Final Words

Landscaping a yard or garden is not an easy undertaking. However, if you take advantage of the things that you can make or improve on your own, you will be able to save a huge amount of money.

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Laura is the founder of She loves nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. Humid Garden is created to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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