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Landscaping can be a lot of fun and it really has a significant impact on the curb appeal of your home. Unfortunately, if you are inexperienced working with plants and hardscaping materials, you could have a very difficult time landscaping your yard. On my website you will find a lot of how-to instructions that can help you with the most basic landscaping projects. You will also find a few tips that can help you maintain your professionally landscaped yard. With a little information, you can have the yard that everyone in the neighborhood wants and admires and you will find that information on my website.

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Low-Cost Landscaping Ideas

Lily Carroll

If you are a new homeowner, you most likely want to do some work around your property to personalize it and make it seem neat and organized. Doing this when you do not have the funds is difficult, however. Here are a few tips for you to use when getting started with landscape design for your own property, allowing you to see results without emptying your wallet.

Change Your Thinking

The first step in making changes to your property is deciding which areas are most important. Walk through your land and jot down ideas in a notebook. Looking at the big picture is overwhelming, and often people give up altogether instead of taking small steps toward their goals. You can still have a great looking yard by doing one project at a time, and watching the progress unfold is motivating to save money for future projects.

Use Low-Cost Products

The addition of a patio or walkways can enhance the look of your yard tremendously. When selecting materials to use for the project, opt for the look of real stone rather than prefabricated pavers. You can use rocks from around your yard or look for construction sites in your area that may allow you to take a few concrete slabs they no longer have a use for. These can be used to make walkways for free.

When visiting friends' homes, ask to clip some of their favorite plants. Taking one small piece and rooting it yourself can grow a beautiful plant of your own within a few seasons. This can then be planted outdoors to be used in your landscaping. You might also consider having a housewarming party and write on your invitations that the theme is gardening. You will receive some wonderful gifts for no cost at all.

Select The Correct Plants

When picking out floral arrangements to add beauty to your landscape, opt for blooms that return year after year. Annuals need replacing each year, making them much costlier overall. Also, pick plants that are native to the area where you live. Planting exotic flowers take a lot of maintenance to have them adapt to the soil, often needing extra supplies to keep them healthy. Native plants are just put in the ground and will need very little fertilizer to grow. 

Use Containers

Plant colorful flowers inside flower pots instead of in the ground so you can move them around to different areas of your yard. When you start working on a project, any flower pots can be moved to beautify a different area. Flower pots can be brought inside during very cold weather, eliminating the risk of dying from frost conditions. They can also be moved out of harsh sun, or into rain to be watered. This versatility will keep them looking their best, allowing you to accent any spot yard simply by placing them among rooted plants.


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