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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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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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Inexpensive Backyard Landscaping

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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Inexpensive Backyard Landscaping

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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Inexpensive Backyard Landscaping

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.
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Inexpensive Backyard Landscaping

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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Inexpensive Backyard Landscaping

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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Inexpensive Backyard Landscaping

Often the best inexpensive backyard ideas are the simplest: Create zones or separate areas with a few shifts in furniture in order to delineate eating, relaxing, cooking, and more. It doesn’t typically involve any furniture purchases; use rugs to shift traffic or styles of chairs to push people into nooks.
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Create Low-Cost Nooks Often the best inexpensive backyard ideas are the simplest: Create zones or separate areas with a few shifts in furniture in order to delineate eating, relaxing, cooking, and more. It doesn’t typically involve any furniture purchases; use rugs to shift traffic or styles of chairs to push people into nooks.
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If your backyard features a large, flat lawn, add some dimension by positioning boulders (available at landscaping supply stores) throughout the space. You might choose to arrange them individually or cluster a few together. Don’t be afraid to cut into the lawn to accommodate them, Matt notes, and leave some space around for planting colorful perennials or small shrubs.
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If your backyard features a large, flat lawn, add some dimension by positioning boulders (available at landscaping supply stores) throughout the space. You might choose to arrange them individually or cluster a few together. Don’t be afraid to cut into the lawn to accommodate them, Matt notes, and leave some space around for planting colorful perennials or small shrubs. harmonyspringsojai.com
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These are some really nice landscaping ideas for anyone looking to save without sacrificing appearance. I’ve always loved using large planters, because it’s a great way to reduce weeds. My parents last year installed a stone feature in their backyard with large colorful pots full of foliage and flowers, and they look great. Thanks so much for writing!
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Paul LangleyThese are some really nice landscaping ideas for anyone looking to save without sacrificing appearance. I’ve always loved using large planters, because it’s a great way to reduce weeds. My parents last year installed a stone feature in their backyard with large colorful pots full of foliage and flowers, and they look great. Thanks so much for writing!David BestUsing gravel for pathways is a cheap option that can be enhanced with step-stone paving. Just a couple of square meters of pavers will go a long way!
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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.

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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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

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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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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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

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

When Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher bought an older house in Lexington, they decided to save money by fixing up existing structures in the backyard instead of tearing down and starting over.   Today, the yard lives anew. Divided into a series of smaller spaces, it feels bigger, more welcoming, and more useful. “What we really wanted to do was create an environment that brings the outdoors in and the indoors out,” says Jon.  Jon and Dale hope their backyard inspires others who have put off making needed changes for fear of breaking the bank.   Photo: Van Chaplin

When Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher bought an older house in Lexington, they decided to save money by fixing up existing structures in the backyard instead of tearing down and starting over.   Today, the yard lives anew. Divided into a series of smaller spaces, it feels bigger, more welcoming, and more useful. “What we really wanted to do was create an environment that brings the outdoors in and the indoors out,” says Jon.  Jon and Dale hope their backyard inspires others who have put off making needed changes for fear of breaking the bank.  

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