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BHG.com Gardening Landscaping Landscaping on a Budget Landscaping on a Budget You don’t have to break the bank (or even open your pocketbook very wide) to redo your landscape with panache and presence. We have great ways for you to save while you fashion a stylish, beautiful space. Start with lots of tips — 45 to be exact — to save money in the garden. That includes taking advantage of what you can make or save on your own — potting soil and water, for example. The best way to trim your water bill is to conserve rainfall in your very own rain barrel, but we have other tips, too, to cut back on the water you use in your flowerbeds. (Hint: Our xeriscaping quiz may surprise you.) Salvaged materials are often less expensive than new and add unexpected character to gardens; here’s how to use salvaged materials in your landscape. If you have a landscape budget, you can use it — and stretch it — wisely with ideas to spend less and save even more. That includes shopping secrets that you can put to use in the nursery; an expert lends insider knowledge for picking healthy flowers, shrubs, and trees that are economical, too. Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google Plus Email
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Landscaping On A Budget

We purchased a 3-year-old home that had an overgrown backyard. We hired a company to “clean it up and trim the trees.” Now, we have a large back yard with large trees that is in desperate need of landscaping. There is no grass there, only weeds and dirt. What suggestions do you have on landscaping on a budget? What makes a good ground cover? We’d love a pathway and to make it look nice, but this could be very expensive. I’d love some inexpensive landscaping suggestions. Marsha R.
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Landscaping On A Budget

Landscaping on a Budget You don’t have to break the bank (or even open your pocketbook very wide) to redo your landscape with panache and presence. We have great ways for you to save while you fashion a stylish, beautiful space. Start with lots of tips — 45 to be exact — to save money in the garden. That includes taking advantage of what you can make or save on your own — potting soil and water, for example. The best way to trim your water bill is to conserve rainfall in your very own rain barrel, but we have other tips, too, to cut back on the water you use in your flowerbeds. (Hint: Our xeriscaping quiz may surprise you.) Salvaged materials are often less expensive than new and add unexpected character to gardens; here’s how to use salvaged materials in your landscape. If you have a landscape budget, you can use it — and stretch it — wisely with ideas to spend less and save even more. That includes shopping secrets that you can put to use in the nursery; an expert lends insider knowledge for picking healthy flowers, shrubs, and trees that are economical, too.
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What a wonderful opportunity you have to create a beautiful landscape. First of all, I would suggest visiting your local library to learn about landscaping design, including different types of materials and plants that would work well in your area. Also, join your local “freecycling” group and let them know you’re looking for landscaping materials and plants. I have had wonderful experiences with my local freecycle(tm) group and have even joined a local plant-trading group! As a gardener, I think that we are by nature generous sorts who love to share our plants! Good luck and remember to enjoy this creative process! Valerie
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Erin Belmore on May 24, 2016: Landscaping is what’s next in my home project. And I am looking for great ideas now but of course, I am considering the budget also. Thanks for sharing these ideas. It’s a great help to me.
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Landscaping on a budget does not have to entail settling for a shabby-looking yard. From plants to patios, from window boxes to water features, learn how to save money while designing an attractive yard from the resources linked to below.
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If you answered these questions with a “Yes,” then you're well on your way to success in landscaping on a budget. Like the tips for saving money on Page 1, purchasing cheap plants can result in a yard that looks like a million bucks but costs you relatively little. But there are two caveats in buying cheap plants:

But landscaping on a budget goes beyond obtaining cheap plants. Some plants require more water than others, and water is an increasingly precious commodity. Drought-tolerant perennials are better than most at fending for themselves, which lowers your water bill.

If you're serious about landscaping on a budget, then one of your first projects should be to build a compost bin. Then just place kitchen scraps, raked leaves, etc. into the compost bin, watering and mixing occasionally, and you'll have a ready source of soil amendments — for free. If that sounds like too much work, some cities offer free compost at designated locations on a first-come-first-served basis. This compost is produced from vegetation removed by city work crews. Three cheers for waste recycling!
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Wood shipping pallets can be found for free almost anytime. Look for them by the side of the road, or at warehouse loading docks (make sure to ask before you take them; usually people will be happy to let you have them). These wood structures are built to be used outside, and can easily be turned into simple pathways (as above) or other outdoor landscaping features.
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A cheap landscaping idea that creates great visual impact is the use of pavers and ground cover. If you have unused ground space in your yard or bare earth you’d like to cover up, use recycled or broken pavers in a mosaic pattern of your choice. Plant moss or creeping sedum between the seams for contrast. The combination of the two materials means you need less of each, saving you money.
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If you need to create a pathway through your yard, this also works as one of the best cheap landscaping ideas. While laying the stones on top of grass or the ground is an option, you can also dig shallow holes in the shape of the stones in order to ensure that they are flush with the ground.

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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One of the best resources for inexpensive landscaping ideas is a local garden club or horticulture society. Often they have perennial sales with great prices, and they can offer a wealth of ideas. I have also contacted a local vocational school for assistance. Many times the students are more than eager to help out and share their knowledge. We are fortunate in our area to have an excellent nature program associated with our public schools (beginning in kindergarten), and the knowledge base is priceless! Cathy in Loveland, OH

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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You don’t have to break the bank (or even open your pocketbook very wide) to redo your landscape with panache and presence. We have great ways for you to save while you fashion a stylish, beautiful space. Start with lots of tips — 45 to be exact — to save money in the garden. That includes taking advantage of what you can make or save on your own — potting soil and water, for example. The best way to trim your water bill is to conserve rainfall in your very own rain barrel, but we have other tips, too, to cut back on the water you use in your flowerbeds. (Hint: Our xeriscaping quiz may surprise you.) Salvaged materials are often less expensive than new and add unexpected character to gardens; here’s how to use salvaged materials in your landscape. If you have a landscape budget, you can use it — and stretch it — wisely with ideas to spend less and save even more. That includes shopping secrets that you can put to use in the nursery; an expert lends insider knowledge for picking healthy flowers, shrubs, and trees that are economical, too.
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To stay on budget, make it a point to buy plants when they are on sale and/or from retailers known to sell them at a discount (see Page 2). Be aware, moreover, that some pretty ground covers will spread on their own and “fill in” an area. While that would be anathema to a gardener insistent on growing only well-behaved plants, such spreading might be just what you crave if you are looking to cover an area with plant material without spending much money.

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