Landscaping On A Budget: Top 5 Ideas To Motivate And Inspire You
Are you a homeowner who is interested in landscaping your front yard? Perhaps you want to do it, but are hindered by the possible costs of doing so. Granted, landscaping your home does not necessarily come cheap, as many factors like planning, contracting, and building require money. Especially if you are tight on cash, your dreams of landscaping your front yard might not happen.
However, do not worry; although it costs money to do this kind of project, by having a budget and researching ways to cover your front yard with less costs can help you save money without needing to sacrifice beauty and comfort. In this article, we will help you with front yard landscaping ideas on a budget and pretty soon, you will have a place to call home. Let’s get started!
1. Find Unused Items… And Put Them To Good Use!
One important thing about landscaping on a budget is that you do not necessarily need to go out and buy items to spruce up your front yard; in fact, the materials you need for the project can be already at home!
From doing up the patio to tending to the flowerbed, there are many things you already have available to you to work with; all it takes now is some creativity!
For instance, use old pavers (i.e. paving stones) that were left aside after moving to line up the walkway to your home. If you have some old glass and plastic left over from old items in the toolshed, break them apart to make mosaic patterns along the side of the walkway, even leading up to your front porch. Even random wood pieces can be carved up into intricate designs to be propped up for decoration.
That said, finding old items that otherwise would have been trashed is a resourceful action to take when it comes to landscaping; you will be proud that you had chosen to salvage them for good use!
2. Get Low-maintenance Plants
While you might have aspirations to grow some beautiful roses or dahlias in your front yard, it is good to ask yourself if you will continue to maintain them over a long period of time. If you are an avid gardener, then it should not be a problem; however, if you are not really interested in gardening, then it might be better for you to go with low-maintenance plants that need minimal care, but can still yield good results.
What kind of plants are considered low-maintenance? Generally speaking, plants that do not require a lot of trimming, re-fertilizing, or watering fall under this category. Perennials, or plants that continue to grow after each year, are considered good candidates, too, for they are hardy and able to withstand harsh conditions whenever they arise.
Some low-maintenance perennials you might want to get include coneflowers or sage, as well as ornamental grass like flax and oatgrass. Even better, they are colorful, as they can add a wonderful bright pop to your front yard’s appeal!
For more information on what low-maintenance plants to get, check out this article.
3. Look Around For Planters
Besides planting flowers and shrubs out on the front yard’s grass, you can also put them in planters (i.e. pots) to keep them intact. Having planters is a neater way of containing your lovely plants while also making it more versatile to move around if you would like to arrange your landscape differently.
While we are fully aware that buying planters can get easily expensive, why not consider looking around your home to see if you have some already? Perhaps you have old planters from previous years in the toolshed, but at the same time, other objects like barrels, bottles, and even cups can serve as planters.
In other words, planters do not necessarily have to be one sort of object, but can be made through innovative creations found at home. Even further, it adds personal character to your front yard, so you can tell which house is yours. Time to go searching for planters!
4. Ask Friends And Family For Help
Granted, landscaping a front yard all by yourself can be overwhelming, let alone exhausting. If you find yourself more stressed about it than expected, then do not hesitate to ask others around you, whether friends and family, for assistance. Consider them as your personal planner and contractor, without requiring all of that money for professional services.
What can your friends and family do for you? To start, they can assist you in designing good options for the front yard, along with offering seeds from their own plants to help you get started with planting. They might also give away some of their own antiques (e.g. furniture, mailbox, welcome mats) that you can use to decorate your own place.
In the end, consider the objects as a way of saving on having the buy them otherwise at the store; all you need to do is invite your friends and family over to your new place as a way of thanking them for their generosity!
5. Use Gravel For The Driveway
With its loose and rocky texture, gravel is a good material to have for paving driveways, as it is low-maintenance, inexpensive, and can last a long time. That said, you will not have to worry about your car always trampling over smooth-tiled driveways, which can lead to noticeable skid marks that do not look very attractive for curb appeal purposes.
In other words, gravel might be commonplace, but it still offers a simple, but nice aesthetic for front of the house. Its dark, modern appearance offers a solid touch to the place as well, and prevents it from looking dirty!
Aside from using it on the driveway, gravel can be used in other places as well, including infertile planting areas, drainages, and even small pathways in and around your garden to prevent you from stepping on grass and plants every single time.
*Bonus* Paint, Paint, Paint
Especially if you have an artistic eye for colors and patterns, then why not just do it yourself? Not only do you save money on hiring professionals to do it, but also you can get your hands dirty and have fun!
Whether it is painting the interior of the house or that outdoors on the front door and whatnot, it is completely up to you to determine what colors and schemes you would like to make your place vibrant and personalized.
For instance, if you are looking for something bold, add some bright red and lime green for character; if you are looking for neutral shades, then gray and a pale shade of blue will do the trick. More importantly, mix and match different colors and patterns to see what you can come up with, as well as enjoy outside in the front yard.
Again, go with colors and patterns that match your personality, as well as will make you and others comfortable seeing every time someone passes by the house. From unique to neutral, the sky is the limit when it comes to picking and choosing how colorful you want your front yard to be.
Altogether, landscaping your front yard can be a challenging task, especially if you do not have experience in planning and executing what needs to be done in order to ensure a beautiful, sustainable place.
However, by doing your research and finding articles (such as this one!) to help you along in the process, your landscaping project will go smoothly. Pretty soon, you will be able to have a beautiful, finished front yard that you can call home!