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Backyard Landscape Ideas On A Budget

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15 Cheap Backyard Ideas Upgrading your landscape, patio, or deck doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are 15 budget-smart backyard and inexpensive landscaping ideas to help you love your yard more. By Kelly Roberson
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Backyard Landscape Ideas On A Budget

15 Cheap Backyard Ideas Upgrading your landscape, patio, or deck doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are 15 budget-smart backyard and inexpensive landscaping ideas to help you love your yard more.
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Backyard Landscape Ideas On A Budget

Whether you have a small yard, or a property where acreage is no object, you can enhance your lawn and garden in a number of ways. You can add a patio or a simple deck, beef up your landscaping, or create a garden that brings beauty and wildlife into your backyard. If you’re on a budget and need to do it on the cheap, there are several easy and inexpensive things you can do to accomplish a first-rate backyard makeover. Create the space of your dreams—where you can host a party, or just relax and read. Matt Blashaw, host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers, offers some easy, inexpensive ideas for upgrading your backyard and outdoor living areas. By Marie Proeller Hueston Expanded View >
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Backyard Landscape Ideas On A Budget

Your backyard can be your own outdoor paradise with the right tweaks. Check out these ideas for adding beauty, comfort, and functionality to your own backyard. Spruce up your landscaping with some affordable planter ideas, create an economic outdoor retreat, or add an entertaining space that doesn’t break your budget.
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Backyard Landscape Ideas On A Budget

Display a Collection Collections are often thought of as high-end or expensive, but a simple gathering of plants in miniature containers can be a great focal point for a backyard. Here, this plain shelf provides a good spot for a low-cost stockpile of succulents and cactus plants. The easy backyard idea adds a fun pop of color to the outdoor area. 10 Backyard Ideas for a Relaxing Oasis
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Backyard Landscape Ideas On A Budget

Use Off-the-Shelf Materials Custom elements easily increase a budget for backyard landscaping, but creative recasting can get you the same function at a much lower cost. Ordinary blocks elevate lengths of decking for a bar-meets-cooking-meets-seating backyard idea. The same materials in a different configuration can also be used to create an outdoor dining table, coffee table, or side table. Ideas for Small Backyards
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Backyard Landscape Ideas On A Budget

Upgrading your landscape, patio, or deck doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are 15 budget-smart backyard and inexpensive landscaping ideas to help you love your yard more.
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Backyard Landscape Ideas On A Budget

Custom elements easily increase a budget for backyard landscaping, but creative recasting can get you the same function at a much lower cost. Ordinary blocks elevate lengths of decking for a bar-meets-cooking-meets-seating backyard idea. The same materials in a different configuration can also be used to create an outdoor dining table, coffee table, or side table.

Soften the Edges with Vintage or Handmade Finds Sweeping fabric shades — made from yardage, sheets, or other suitable material — add elegance and beauty to a backyard patio space. Plus, they can be used to shield family and friends from intense rays at key times of the day. In place of a more expensive light fixture, repurpose vintage elements into decorative backyard focal points. Here, nonworking chandeliers are outfitted with candles and trailing vines. Vintage Outdoor Living Ideas
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As host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers, Matt Blashaw has seen plenty of backyards in need of sprucing up. The common thread in all of them? A lack of planning when it comes to outdoor space. Fortunately, it’s easier—and less expensive—than you may think to undergo a backyard makeover. Here, seven ideas from Matt that can give your backyard a boost without breaking the bank.
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As host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers, Matt Blashaw has seen plenty of backyards in need of sprucing up. The common thread in all of them? A lack of planning when it comes to outdoor space. Fortunately, it’s easier—and less expensive—than you may think to undergo a backyard makeover. Here, seven ideas from Matt that can give your backyard a boost without breaking the bank. withasouthertwist.com
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Sweeping fabric shades — made from yardage, sheets, or other suitable material — add elegance and beauty to a backyard patio space. Plus, they can be used to shield family and friends from intense rays at key times of the day. In place of a more expensive light fixture, repurpose vintage elements into decorative backyard focal points. Here, nonworking chandeliers are outfitted with candles and trailing vines.
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Collections are often thought of as high-end or expensive, but a simple gathering of plants in miniature containers can be a great focal point for a backyard. Here, this plain shelf provides a good spot for a low-cost stockpile of succulents and cactus plants. The easy backyard idea adds a fun pop of color to the outdoor area.
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Annuals can be less expensive than perennials and shrubs, and they’re a great way to add color and impact to a backyard, especially when arranged in containers. Here, matching vessels offer design cohesion, as does a similar color palette for the plants. Another backyard idea: A stone slab on top of a lumber scrap makes for a casual outdoor side table.
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Build Color with Containers Annuals can be less expensive than perennials and shrubs, and they’re a great way to add color and impact to a backyard, especially when arranged in containers. Here, matching vessels offer design cohesion, as does a similar color palette for the plants. Another backyard idea: A stone slab on top of a lumber scrap makes for a casual outdoor side table. Free Container Garden Plans
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Matt calls mulch “the carpet of the backyard.” Simply by laying like-colored mulch on all flowerbeds and exposed soil in your backyard, you can give your space a finished, unified look. As an added benefit, mulch blocks weeds and holds much-needed nutrients for your plants.
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Matt calls mulch “the carpet of the backyard.” Simply by laying like-colored mulch on all flowerbeds and exposed soil in your backyard, you can give your space a finished, unified look. As an added benefit, mulch blocks weeds and holds much-needed nutrients for your plants. tarheelgardening.com
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Old World, Meet New A beautiful wall with Spanish arches serves as the backdrop for this gorgeous backyard lounge area. (Design by Jamie Durie) From: Jamie Durie Find Your Zen A small meditation room looks out on a grassy lawn contained by a colorful perennial bed. (Design by Joan Grabel) Have a Seat A pergola and vigorous container plants create a cool, shady spot to hang out on a hot summer day. (Design by Joan Grabel) Smell the Roses Climbing roses and statues define this sanctuary and separate it from the rest of the yard. (Design by Scott Cohen) Pull Up a (Vintage) Chair Four redwood posts and decomposed-granite flooring define a sitting area within this small garden. (Design by Pam Berstler) Visit the Tropics This small garden maximizes usable space and creates the feeling of a tropical hideaway. The anchor plant in the right bed, Japanese fiber banana (Musa basjoo) is hardy to USDA Zone 6. (Design by Heather Hardcastle) Grassy Oasis At the beach, where sand usually rules, this rooftop garden offers a welcome oasis of soft, green grass. (Design by Pamela Berstler) Transform an Entry A small side entry is transformed into usable garden space with a stylish pergola that blocks the view of second-story neighbors and creates sufficient shade for the large windows. (Design by Pamela Berstler) Take in the View A path carved into the side of a hill leads to a rustic bench and this quiet garden spot. (Design by Patricia Thernell) Steps Away Old World-style stairs guide visitors through lush gardens to a secluded sitting area. (Design by Bruce Meeks) Meditate in Style In this garden, a simple stone bench provides a place to be still and enjoy the play of light and shadow. (Design by Pat Wagner) Tame the Weeds A sloping, weedy backyard became three levels of very usable space in this beautiful makeover. (Design by John Black)
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DIY a Seating Area Furniture can be an expensive investment for backyards, but there are options for make-it-yourself benches, chairs, and tables. Here is one of our favorite budget landscaping ideas: low-cost concrete blocks, dry-stacked and covered with a foam pad, offer lots of seating in a high-traffic spot outside the home’s back door. Ideas for Outdoor Seating
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New turf, borders filled with low-maintenance plants and an Old World-inspired fountain give this backyard a park-like feel. Landscape designer Sara Bendrick added a long, open pergola leading to a shady garden oasis that features cushy bench seating and an outdoor fireplace that can also function as a grill.

To better house the chickens, landscape designer Sara Bendrick built a custom multi-level coop then reimagined the backyard as an outdoor club to suit the homeowners’ passion for performing live music. She used reclaimed lumber to build a barn-shaped stage at one end and a massive outdoor bar at the other. A dead tree that previously divided the property was cut down, then sliced into 3 and 4 inches discs that were used instead of flagstone pavers to create a wide patio and pathways.

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