Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas

A beautiful home means a home that looks just as wonderful on the inside as it does on the outside.  In fact, most people forget that the most eye catching aspect of a home is the exterior look.  Have you heard the expression: don’t judge a book by its cover?  The reason for this expression is the actual reality that most do judge by the exterior look and that is why having a beautiful landscape is so essential.

A landscaping project is not something to be scared of; in fact, it is well known that gardening is a wonderful hobby that’s good for the body, mind, and soul. Planning your garden and shopping for flowers can be a lot of fun. Unlike other home remodeling projects, you do not need to be skilled in any trade in order to improve your garden.  However, you need to be aware that some landscaping tasks such as laying down sod lawns or stones can be exhaustive and requires plenty of time.

Determine Your Budget

As with any project, the first thing you do is to determine what kind of a budget you have. You need to decide what you can afford and what would make sense for your home.  Once you have set aside your budget, you can move on to choosing what decoration is right for you.

Find Landscaping Designs and Ideas

The next step and perhaps the most important is to find out what designs makes sense for your home.  Once you begin your landscaping project, you’ll notice that there are lots of options. The most practical approach is to take a stroll around your neighborhood or walk by various homes that have great landscaping designs to get an idea of what options you prefer for your home. Landscaping magazines also come handy and can give you plenty of ideas.  You can also check our list of free home and garden design software to get additional ideas for your landscaping project

How to Choose Colors and Plants

Keep in mind that colors are very important in landscaping. Obviously planting flowers brings plenty of color to your backyard. One point to keep in mind is that contrast of colors makes a noticeable difference in your landscaping.  Use dark colors where your yard is light, and light colors where the yard is dark. Find out which area of your yard gets plenty of sun and which area is in shade. You can learn from your home improvement store, various magazines as well as searching online which plants are better in shade and what plants are great under plenty of sun light.

Decorative sculpture and fountain

Another great way to bring lots of charm and character to your yard is by adding decorative items such as fountains, sculptures, and landscaping stones.   Your decorative item should be placed in a location that is quite noticeable and is the center of attention when looking at your yard or garden.   It is important that your decorative item is placed in an area that receives plenty of sun light during the day. It is also quite attractive to have a beam of light shine on your fountain or decorative design during night time.

Adding the Right Outdoor Furniture

Garden & Patio Furniture not only can add comfortable eating and sitting space, but if tastefully chosen can bring lots of charm and beauty to your yard.  Ensure that the color of the furniture matches well with the color of your patio, gazebo or the immediate surrounding.

Fencing and Boundaries

Building a nice white color wooden fence around your home may greatly enhance the beauty and image of your home.  In fact it has been noted that fencing can increase the value of some properties by a noticeable margin. You can visit our previous post to learn about how to increase home value.

In conclusion keep in mind that landscaping does not have to cost you and arm and leg.  Since you are doing the labor work, you are already saving yourself a bundle.  However, you also need to be a smart shopper and look at various stores as well as online before purchasing your landscaping stones or fountains.  As mentioned earlier, you don’t need be skilled in any trade but you do need patience and realize that it does take time and effort to complete your project.  Lastly, ensure that you have fun with your landscaping project so that it does not feel like work but a hobby or even an opportunity to enjoy the summer.

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6 Responses to “Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas”

  1. Wet Water Fountains on July 21st, 2009 7:23 pm

    It’s hard to find anything that adds more to your landscaping than a water feature. The combination of visual and audio sensation soothes the senses.

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  3. Vacation in Liguria on November 13th, 2009 4:00 pm

    Great idea, about fountain!
    But what about adding some illumination to it. And some illumination just around your garden – it is going to look magically at night 😉

  4. Katie on January 15th, 2010 12:56 pm

    Love your ideas! I have a yard full of sod and don’t want to put a fountain in the middle of it. Luckily I’ve found some great water features that can go up against the wall in my back yard. Thanks again for the inspiration.

  5. Merry Go Rounds on April 15th, 2010 3:32 pm

    Merry Go Rounds and other swing sets or playground type physical activity sets are great with landscaping. There are many parks that combine the two and for good reason, it gets one up and active.

  6. Hamilton Builders on August 5th, 2010 2:43 pm

    I think landscaping is the work that is not for everybody. Because there are only few people that have those green hands that are said to be good in planting plants.