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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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Simple 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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Simple 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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Simple 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. By Kelly Roberson
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Simple 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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Simple 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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Simple Backyard Landscaping

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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Simple Backyard Landscaping

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)

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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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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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

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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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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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

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