Almost everyone dreams and longs for the perfect outdoor retreat in their backyard; complete with the sounds of flowing water and ample greenery. One of the best aspects of maintaining your garden is that it will boost property value and ensure you are able to sell your home faster should you ever decide to put it on the market. However, not everyone is able to spare the money it would cost to employ a professional landscaper and invest in pricey outdoor features. Luckily, there are ways that you can achieve your magical nature retreat without having to spend too much. If you are hoping to transform your backyard on a tight budget, the following tips are just for you.
Spend Where It Counts
Rather than purchasing pricey outdoor features, such as elegant and charming pot plants and giant vase designs that will draw attention and serve as accent pieces, you should establish which features in your landscaping plan can be created at home. Therefore, you can save money by opting for DIY methods to create large planters with a bit of cement and a lot of creativity. If you are willing to get your hands a bit dirty to achieve your gardening goals, then DIY is the perfect solution to save and spend where it counts.
As there are some outdoor features that will be a bit overwhelming to attempt to create from home, such as outdoor water features, you should allocate your budget to such items rather than overspending on items that require little to no expertise to create. Outdoor fountains for your home will add a notable sense of charm to the atmosphere in your yard as the soothing sounds of running water will draw you closer to nature while the general design of the fountain will act as a centrepiece and tie your chosen landscaping theme together effectively. You don’t have to go overboard even if your yard is larger than average as one water fountain and a few planters placed strategically will do the trick.
Even though you may feel tempted to head down to the local nursery or florist and purchase plants and flowers, it would be far more cost-effective to purchase seeds and plant them yourself. What’s more, in the event that you purchase grown flowers and plants, you may have to endure the frustration of watching some of them wilt and die, while planting seeds of plants and flowers that aren’t suitable to grow in your region simply means they won’t grow. Therefore, you won’t end up frustrated or feeling as though you have wasted money. Watching your seeds sprout from the ground into a charming little flower or plant buds is possibly one of the most exciting experiences for beginner gardeners and planting grown plants simply cannot compare to the experience.
When it comes to selecting the types of plants and flowers your choose to grow in your yard, you should always opt for evergreen choices as they won’t fade away during colder months or suffer under harsh sunlight. Evergreen plants and flowers are perfect for most regions and significantly easier to care for. If you live in a hotter climate region, you should also consider opting for succulents such as cacti as they will thrive and add texture to your landscaping plan.
Make Use Of Natural Materials
It is not entirely impossible to find some cut tree stumps or a bunch of unwanted pebbles and rocks if you know where to look, and the effort will save you a great deal of money as well. You can use salvaged wood or cut stumps to create a natural look seating plan in your yard and you can create charming pathways with the use of pebbles and rocks of varying sizes. When it comes to taking the DIY approach to save money, creativity is absolutely key, which means you should focus your attention on searching for unused items in your home that can be repurposed and you could even consider salvaging leftover materials from construction sites with the permission of the owners who may already be searching for methods of removing waste such as leftover planks and others.
Maintain Your Lawn All Year Round
You will notice that your lawn will have a dramatic effect on the general appearance of your yard and therefore, maintaining your lawn should be an ongoing effort all year round. Once again, it is best to consider evergreen grass rather than other types of grass, such as Canada green which will perish during certain seasons. You should make the effort of watering your lawn at least twice each week and mowing it weekly to keep up a neat and tidy yard.