Landscaping on a Budget

Did you know that in addition to the warm welcome to your visitors, a landscaped yard increases your home’s value? We’ve created a roundup of cost-effective tips to enhance your front and backyard landscape décor.

Plan for Years Ahead
Trees add colour, shade and privacy to your yard, but before you choose your tree and location, think long term. It is important to consider how the tree growth may impact your views, the purpose behind planting your tree, and how long it will take to achieve your vision. Purchasing and planting a small sapling is definitely an inexpensive alternative to higher-priced larger trees, but you need to consider:
         1. How it will fit and grow in your yard for years to come?
         2. How big of a space do you have for a full grown tree?
         3. Will the roots affects nearby structures?

Keep in mind what grows on the tree because what goes up will eventually come down, including seeds, sap, flowers and keys. Your tree will attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife, so make sure you can enjoy it.

Plant a smaller tree for a more cost-effective landscape option, via Moneycrashers

Perennials
A polished garden is the key to a great looking property. Planting perennials is a great way to create a full and colourful garden look while remaining on budget, as planting annual flowers year after year can become very costly. Pick plants that bloom at different times of the year and you could have a perennial garden for every season! Perennial plants, such as Black Eyed Susans, Sages and Coreopsis will give colour and vitality to your garden, and will come back each year.

Perennials such as Black Eyed Susans can give your garden great colour and vitality every year

Borders
One of the easiest ways to enhance your front and backyard, while keeping costs down, is to create borders. A small stone border adds emphasis to the area and eases the contrast between the lawn and your garden, flowerbed or path. Small stones can actually be relatively inexpensive, giving you that awesome contrast for an awesome price.

Country Living gives us a simple stone border to help add contrast to your yard.

Plastic barriers are another way to create a very simple divider. They look great and still provide the contrast you’re after.

A plastic garden border can provide an inexpensive contrast to your garden, via Backyard Boss

Reuse
Redefining and reusing everyday objects into part of your landscape plans will give your property a rustic look. Corrugated steel, wood scraps, and old copper can be artfully recycled into a unique feature for your yard.

Freshome gives us an inexpensive patio border made from recycled wood.

Plan for a fun summer DIY project by transforming your old wheelbarrow or tires into planters for an inexpensive, yet creative look.

Recycle old tires to create a colourful backyard planters, via Lemon, Bean and Things

Whatever you choose, it is important to create your backyard oasis by incorporating elements that fit your taste and style, while staying within your budget.

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