If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you know that there’s nothing like stepping out onto your front porch or back deck and noticing just how beautiful your yard looks. And while you could certainly hire a professional landscaping company to provide you with these kinds of results, if you’re on a budget or you like to do landscaping work yourself, this article is ideal for you.
That’s because it’s going to share five DIY budget-friendly home landscaping tips that are relatively easy, definitely affordable, and will make you the envy of your neighborhood in no time.
Borrow tools. In order to do a really good landscaping job, you’re going to need to have the right equipment. That said, sure, you can go to your local home improvement store to buy what you need; however, before doing that, consider asking a family member or friend (or neighbor) if they would be willing to lend you a few tools. That way, you won’t have to spend any money and you can still get the job done. Speaking of freebies, you might also want to look on Freecycle.org to see if they have any landscaping items that you can get, free of charge, too.
Buy in bulk. Just like it ultimately saves you money to purchase things like paper towels and toilet paper in bulk from the store, the same rule applies when getting bedding plants, mulch and soil for your gardens. So when you do go to a local nursery or even if you opt to purchase a few things online, look to see what deals are offered if you buy large quantities of them.
Purchase perennials. When it comes to actual flowers, being that there is always such a wide variety to choose from, it’s easy to spend a ton of money on them alone. The key is to opt for purchasing perennials instead of annuals. With annuals, because they die each year, you will have to keep buying more of them. However, perennials are much cheaper, plus they only get bigger and beautiful with every passing year. For a list of some of the best perennials for your yard, visit BHG, Sunset or Country Living and put “best perennials” in the search field.
Shop during the off-season. If you happened to know someone who works for a landscaping company like A-Affordable Lawn and Tree and you asked them for a few inexpensive yard landscaping shopping tips, one of the things that they might mention is that you should shop for what you need during the off-seasons. There are actually certain types of flowers, mulch and equipment that you can get at a lower price if it’s during the time of the year when a lot of people are not buying it. In fact, late fall-early winter are ideal times to pick up a lot of the items that you need. You can also go to websites like Coupons and Retail Me Not to find coupons and promo codes, too.
Get creative. You might be surprised by how many things you already have in your home that can help to make your yard look absolutely amazing. For instance, a couple of mirrors on your fence can make your flower bed appear larger, while an old chair can easily transition into a swing for your children. Hanging a chandelier from a tree and replacing the bulbs with solar lights is an elegant touch for any summer party. And toilet paper is actually some of the most effective seed paper on the market. For some other innovative landscaping ideas, visit Buzzfeed and put “cheap and easy backyard ideas” in the search field.