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Beautiful And Affordable Backyard Landscaping Ideas

By Richard McIntyre

A little research can yield several affordable backyard landscaping ideas. Save money doing the work yourself instead of hiring a professional landscaper. There is also a point of pride when the work and ideas are a true reflection of you. Minor changes can make a dramatic difference.

Know ahead of time exactly how much you intend to spend. This prevents any serious overspending or not having enough to finish your ideal backyard. It is best to go for small changes. Write down all items purchased because the small items can add up quickly and surprise you. If possible price items ahead of purchase. Decide what you have to have and what you can do without if everything does not fit within the budget.

Go to the local home store or nursery to get ideas for what you may want. The library has books to help design a garden. Magazines may also help. In the store ask about the plants and flowers native to the region. These will do much better and may require less maintenance than something beautiful meant for another kind of climate or soil. This can save money as well. This way shade loving plants will not be put in full sun and plants that like cooler temperatures will not wither in the heat.

After the budget is worked out make a plot of the existing area. Look at any areas that could use improvement. A bare spot on the lawn can be reseeded again or a raised planter may be placed there. It may also be a great spot for a statue. A tree may be ringed with shade loving flowers. A consistently wet area can be planted with water loving plants.

Limit the lawn area and limit the amount of work in the yard. There will be less of a need for mowing, weeding and fertilizing. Create a patio with bricks or pavers. Create some flower beds to add color. Be imaginative with the shape of the bed. Try a rock garden or a mulch garden.

Consider repurposing household items for planters on or around the patio or deck. Almost anything can be used, consider old vases, buckets, bowls, watering cans, or even an old boot. Use rocks or stones from a nearby river. An old table can stand in the middle of a garden or an old chair.

Outdoor lighting can be something simple like solar lights. These are not very bright but they save money by not requiring electricity. They can be put anywhere regardless of where an electric source exists. If a pathway is made to various areas in the yard, these lights can be used to show the way at night.

Backyard landscaping ideas are endless. On a budget you can still put in a beautiful focal point. Choose one area to make the focal point, a place that draws the eye. Use a birdbath, statue, colored globes, or make a rock formation. It is up to your imagination and style.

Want to find more landscape ideas? Stop by Richard McIntyre’s site where you can find out all about backyard landscaping ideas as well as more articles on landscaping and gardening topics.

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