The landscape of your home is, perhaps, one of the best ways to let those on the outside get a glimpse of what your home is like on the inside. In fact, a well-maintained yard shows you care about your home and take pride in your property. A beautifully landscaped yard makes any home look better, but at what cost? Hiring professionally landscapers can be expensive and time consuming. Lucky for you, there are ways to create the look you want on a budget. Read below for some of the most cost-effective ways to update your yard this summer.
1. Work With What You Have
If you have plants and trees on your yard already, take a second look at them. They may look tired and old but you can work with them to spruce them up a little. Add some stone around them or some lighting. You will not only be saving money on buying new plants, but will be saving the environment as well. It's an easy and cheap way to add a lot of punch to your yard. You can also rearrange the existing plants in your yard for a new look.
One of the best ways to save money is to plan. Sketch out the landscape design you want and plan, plan, plan. That way you won't be tempted to buy stuff you don't really need. If you hire someone, do your research and invest some time in finding a reputable landscaper who has your best interests in mind. After all, it's your home and your money. Spend it wisely.
Stones are a great, natural decorative accent for any yard. And they are cheap – because you can find them anywhere. Just go on an excursion to a field and gather stones and rocks that you can transfer back to your yard. You can paint them or arrange them in a creative way.
4. Purchase Time
Did you know that there are times during the year when you can buy plants at a fraction of the cost? Typically, plants are cheaper during the fall when nurseries put them on sale – sometimes for 50 per cent off. This is also a great time to plant them since they will develop roots before summer comes. As well, lumber for outdoor projects is often cheaper during the winter months.
Nothing says relaxing like a soothing water fountain for your landscape design. These can be purchased at a fairly reasonable price if you do your research. And you won't be disappointed. Water fountains aren't just relaxing to listen to, they will attract birds and butterflies, allowing you the opportunity to sit back, relax and watch nature at its best.
6. Buy in Phases
Not a lot of people have the money to do all of their landscaping ideas at once. And that's ok. Pay as you go is the best way to ensure you don't have any nasty loan or credit card bills to pay off. Take your time. Be patient. It will all come together in time. And you'll be able to enjoy the results more without the stress of being in debt over the work.
When you are considering renting a tiller, backhoe or other yard equipment don't assume no one else is considering it too. Ask your neighbor or a friend if they need one and if they would be willing to share the cost with you. It's a great way to save money and stay neighbourly all at the same time.
If your fence is looking a little worse for wear you don't have to hire someone to come out and replace it. That would be insanely expensive and unnecessary. All you need to do is repair any worn pieces of wood and paint it with a fresh coat that will make that old fence look brand new in no time.
Mulch can actually save you money in the long run. In fact, one layer of mulch helps the soil hold moisture so you don't have to water as much. Organic mulches break down over time and will improve your soil so you will actually spend less money on fertilizer. Mulch will also help get rid of unwanted weeds.
10. Prefab vs. Costly Specialty Construction
There is no need in today's world to hire an expensive professional to build something on site for you. Fortunately, we have many options when it comes to prefabricated units – such as outdoor kitchens and cabanas. You will save on masonry and mechanical costs and the prefab units cost half the price of a professionally built-in unit. So before you look into having fire, water or other outdoor features built, shop around and see if there are any prefabricated alternatives.