If not, here’s why landscaping on a budget doesn’t have to look like it.
Your family spends a lot of time in the back yard during the spring, summer and fall (you’re still outside in the winter, but the backyard doesn’t have the same appeal as the rink, the ski slopes or the Bruce Trail).
But there’s always an expense getting in the way of that big landscape upgrade you all want – braces, the dog gets sick, the washing machine burns out. So you make that patch of grass and the few landscape stones for your BBQ work.
Stop making it work this year and bring that landscape to life with these budget-friendly landscape moves.
You can do something dramatic and expensive a few years down the road, but only if you have some money burning a hole in your pocket. Chances are you can still the look and feel your family wants for much less than you realize.
Perennial plants are a good investment.
- They come back every year.
- They look better every year, as they establish further and mature.
- They only have to be planted once.
As your perennials establish over the years, they grow deeper and more complex root systems, requiring less water to maintain.
What perennials should you choose? Whatever you want! But we could recommend:
- Perennial Sage.
- Purple Coneflower.
- Siberian Iris.
- Black Eyed Susan.
Hardy bushes and trees come back year after year too, and you can pick them up right now for a good price at your closest garden centre.
Choose local plants
Pick plants that grow naturally in your area. They’re cheaper than exotic plants and do better in local climate conditions.
Ask your local nursery about some local options.
Add stones where you have space
Landscape stones are great at breaking up the green lawn or creating depth in a perennial garden.
You don’t have to pick up a giant slab of armour stone either.
You can choose a few small flagstone pieces to create a short walking path or some patio stones to expand your BBQ and entertaining space in a hurry.
Stone doesn’t always have to serve as a dramatic focal point, it can accent some simple garden planting to create an upscale landscaping look for a good price.
Plant a young tree or two
Young trees are perfect additions to a young landscape.
They grow and mature as the rest of your landscape does, and you can sculpt it over the years to suit your needs.
- Plant it for shade to reduce your air conditioning expenses.
- Plant it to flower outside your kitchen window.
- Plant it to protect your annuals (if you choose to plant some annuals) from heavy rain and scorching sun.
Juniper trees are fast growing and versatile. See what your local garden centre carries and give it a try.
Save water (and the expense of watering) in 2 ways
An irrigation system delivers water to your plants better than you (or whichever kid is on watering duty).
You can build a DIY irrigation system with parts from your local hardware store. Simple guides are all over the internet.
A soaker hose is a great option too. Just lay it down under your mulch and stop lowing water to evaporation.
Oh, and the mulch. It helps make more of the water you fed your plants and looks great at the same time.
Do it on a budget!
You can do every project on this list yourself, and you can choose the most affordable options in each category.
Give your family the landscape they want and be the hero who actually does it!