10 Money-Saving Tips for Landscaping

10 Money-Saving Tips for Landscaping

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A yard with a beautiful landscape is one of the few home investments with a value that increases over the years. Buyers love mature plants and trees, so giving your yard some love even if you’re not planning on selling for a few years is a smart way to go. What’s even smarter? Employing these money-saving tips:

1. Free mulch.
Many municipalities recycle the yard waste they pick up curbside throughout the year into mulch, which is then made available to residents for free or a very low price. Surrounding your shrubs and trees with a layer of the stuff not only makes them stand out visually, it also helps conserve moisture and stave off bugs.

2. Don’t Buy Screens.

Instead of buying the weed screening to keep weeds from growing, try newspapers under the mulch.  It will last two years, and then it will be time to replace the mulch anyway!

3. Look to the list.
Craigslist’s “farm and garden” section can be a treasure trove of outdoor planters, border stones and even “used” trees and shrubs. Check here first before heading to the nursery.

4. Go big with your neighbors.
Bedding plants are often less expensive when you buy them in bulk.

5. Compost.
Instead of buying bags of fertilizer, generate your own black gold for gardens by composting your kitchen waste. It’s not as hard – or smelly – as you’d think.

6. Chat with a master.
Master gardeners often hold free Q&A sessions at garden centers or local libraries. Before investing in new plants, seeds or shrubs, check with an expert to find which options will thrive without expensive maintenance.

7. Rein it in.
Trim back any trees, shrubs or vines that hide or overwhelm your windows, porch or patio. Sometimes the most effective landscaping upgrade can come from removing greenery, not adding it.

8. Pull your weeds.
It’s the outdoor equivalent of de-cluttering your home, an inexpensive way to boost your yard’s visual appeal.

9. Powerwash fences and patios.
It can take years off your fence and patio in just minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much brighter they’ll look with just a bit of effort that requires little more skill than running a vacuum. Rent a machine at your local home improvement box store for about $30.

10. Add Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders.

By framing your landscaping, not only will it add “curb appeal” to your home, but it will keep mulch in, and grass out – making it easier to mow, mulch, and edge.

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Backyard Landscaping Ideas on a Budget

by Diana Smith
Home is where your heart is, they say. Well, wherever that is, there is no harm in having it gorgeously organized and decorated so that you can enjoy all the wonderful time spent there with your friends and family. Naturally, the problem of doing any redecorating or upgrading, whether it’s for the interior or the exterior of your home, is the limited budget. But, good news is this doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about your space – you can make it look absolutely stunning, without breaking the bank. It all comes down to a lot of creativity, good planning and proper organizing.

So, let’s get down to it. Go through this advice we’ve singled out for you and get an idea of how to make your backyard look super exciting yet remain functional at all times!

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1. Start with the yard itself

Usually, when we go out in a yard, we are distracted by the patio, lights, outdoor decorations and similar aspects and rarely do we actually pay attention to the foundation that keeps the whole yard together – pavers, plants, the grass and clutter.

The best way to start fixing up your yard is to first remove the clutter that’s been visually blocking your yard and move onto bigger reparations. Old materials you once used, bikes, piles of random throwaways… all these need to find their place either in a dumpster or your yard shed.

Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, move onto fixing the grass and plants. Reseed all yellow parts of the grass to give your yard a fresh, green and appealing look. As for plants, opt for potted plants you may want to put down the paved yard path. You can even make a little garden as a part of the yard where you can plant the flowers for a colorful and natural feel. Taking care of flowers does take time, but it’s worth it.

After the basis of the yard has been fixed, it’s time to move onto bigger things.

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2. Yard furniture

A choice of many is patio furniture. It’s easy to maintain and easy to repair. If you can’t invest in a new furniture set, repairing your old one is your best choice. Strip down the old paint and repaint the furniture in a new, unexpected color – green, dark blue, turquoise … are the best options. They are easy on the eye and fit in wonderfully with all the outdoor greens. You can even turn this redecorating into a family activity, where the whole family is involved – kids can do the painting and choose the colors while the adults will do all the heavy work. You’ll have fun and make great memories!

Decorate your seating area with some unusual colored and patterned pillows to give your yard that oomph it deserves!

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3. Light it up

Any space looks far more charming when properly lighted. Regardless of the size of your yard, it can cost a lot of money to get light installations all over the yard. You’ll probably be able to afford a couple, but the whole place will look much better with cohesive lightning. Great news here is that you can buy Christmas lights and hang them around your yard – you will light the whole space up while at the same time making it look absolutely romantic. You can opt for white lights or the colored ones and set a truly wonderful atmosphere!

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4. Protect the yard

All the rainy days are the worst for open yard compositions. In order for you not to have to run inside at times there are a few drops of rain, get a proper protection for your gorgeous yard setting. Shade sails are probably the best options for any open yard. They are decorative, practical and affordable! You can have shade sails installed by professionals or you can do it yourself. Also, they are usually available at stores selling yard elements. However, lately, getting shade sails online is a preferable option of many customers as there are many more options there than in stores. When choosing the sails, opt for a color that will remind you of the summer or some happy time. Pair them up with the rest of the yard decorations to give your yard space cohesion.

As you can see, fixing up your yard is not that hard a thing to do. With the advice we’ve given you, we hope you’ll turn your current yard into a wonderful space for you and your loved ones!

This is Joan from Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders writing now.  I just want to show you a couple of more ideas.

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