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Cheap Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Tailoring the look of your home’s exterior is one way to create a space that reflects your personality. There are many cheap landscaping ideas you can tackle on your own that are high impact without a high price tag.

Creating a modern, beautiful yard doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, the gorgeous, million dollar contemporary gardens in the magazines are possible today thanks to creative designers with a desire to use materials and plants that were easily sourced and more environmentally sensitive. Landscapers and architects wanted to re-use creative materials that were low-maintenance, cheap or free and plants that required little care or water.

Get creative to come up with your own cheap landscaping ideas.

First, consider the space you have and what you will use it for. Do you have a large backyard that you like to spend time in? Does your front yard lack curb appeal? Determining what you want from your yard and what functions you’d like it to have will help guide your landscaping decisions. We’ve assembled a few cheap landscaping ideas to help you create a yard you’ll enjoy.

Make Geometric Patterns With Pavers and Ground Cover

A cheap landscaping idea that creates great visual impact is the use of pavers and ground cover. If you have unused ground space in your yard or bare earth you’d like to cover up, use recycled or broken pavers in a mosaic pattern of your choice. Plant moss or creeping sedum between the seams for contrast. The combination of the two materials means you need less of each, saving you money.

Decomposed Granite makes one of the coolest ground covers to give you that desert style look.  Check this article for decomposed granite installation.

Creeping sedum is a light green perennial with yellow flowers that spreads on its own, thrives in full sunshine, and doesn’t need much water or maintenance to survive. Another great option for creating a fragrant path is the use of the herb lemon thyme in your mosaic pattern. It grows slowly, requiring minimal maintenance, is edible and releases a nice aroma when stepped on.

If you need to create a pathway through your yard, this also works as one of the best cheap landscaping ideas. While laying the stones on top of grass or the ground is an option, you can also dig shallow holes in the shape of the stones in order to ensure that they are flush with the ground.

Ask Friends for Cuttings

There are many flowers and plants that can grow from a small cutting of another plant. Before you head to the nursery to buy plants, seedlings or bulbs (which can be expensive), ask friends who have foliage that you admire for several small cuttings of their plants. Some beautiful flowers and plants like succulents and butterfly bush grow very well from clippings and will spruce up the look of your home’s exterior.

Add Planters to Your Cheap Landscape Ideas

You probably already have what you need in your home to grow flowers or vegetables, so you don’t have to buy raised beds or planters from a gardening store. Some great ideas for planters that you might already have on hand include wine crates or barrels, tires, or old pallets. Cluster repurposed planters at different heights to add depth and dimension, and give a visual focal point to your garden.

Another inexpensive but contemparary way to upcycle your planters is by painting them in a bold color. If you’re using terracotta pots, soak them in water for an hour before painting with water based paint.

Plant With Perennials

Perennials are plants that return year after year, while annuals are planted and live for only one season. For a budget-friendly flower choice, fill your garden with perennials. Great, modern perennials for your yard include:

–Allium (purple ball-shaped flowers shown in image above)
–Astilbe
–Baptisia
–Buddleia
–Coneflower
–Kangaroo Paw
–Sage
–Veronica (spiked purple flowers in image above)

Decide on one of two different design approaches when landscaping with flowers — a one-color floral garden or a combination of colorful perennials.

Buying perennials might cost you a little more in the beginning, but it will be a one-time expense that will pay off in your garden — both financially and visually — year after year.

Use Ornamental Grasses For A Cheap but Contemporary Garden

A combination of grasses add texture, color and a modern look to your garden. While they can be a great, low-maintenance addition to your yard without breaking your budget, grasses help your landscape look high-design and expensive. Some grasses worth adding to your yard include:

–Blue Oatgrass
–Feather Reedgrass
–Flax (colorful)
–Fountaingrass
–Little Bluestem (colorful)
–Zoysia (low and perfect for a soft ground cover)

Plant the grasses in clusters and add some perennials for an easy, year-round garden.

Check the best ornamental grasses for Texas here.

Use Gravel as a Cheap and Chic Garden Accent

Gravel is low-maintenance, durable and relatively inexpensive. Use gravel in spots where plants don’t thrive, there’s heavy foot traffic, drainage problems or an area where an architectural, modern look is needed.

Add Unexpected Materials to Your Garden

Corrugated steel, wood scraps, found objects and old copper can be artfully recycled into a unique feature in your yard. One of the easiest places to start is by adding unexpected materials to your fence or patio wall.

Get creative and add some of these cheap landscaping ideas to beautify your yard.

 

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Special Care and Watering New Sod

new sod grass watering tipsSod installation is an excellent way to improve the appearance and health of your yard. It also represents a significant investment, so you want to be sure you do everything just right to ensure the success of your new grass. In this article, we will share some smart tips for special care and watering of new sod.

Before laying out your new sod you must carefully prepare the area where it will go. Begin by tilling the soil to a depth of approximately five inches. Smooth the soil and make sure that the surface angles downhill from your home. This will prevent having water back up around and under your foundation when you water and/or when it rains. If there are low spots in the soil, fill them in with some sandy loam. Once all this is done, add an application of slow release fertilizer. Don’t water the soil at this point. Wait until after you have laid the sod.

Sod Watering Tips

When you do put your sod in place, you should water it within half an hour of putting the first piece in place. This may mean you will need to do your sod laying in shifts or keep a sprinkler running as you work to water along behind you as you go. Your first watering should be very generous. You should have a sprinkler set on low watering each area for a couple of hours before moving on. An underground irrigation system will make this initial watering much easier and much more thorough because it will make it possible to deliver water at a higher gallon per minute (GPM) rate than simply using a sprinkler.

Once your sod laying is all done, you should continue to keep your new sod well-watered. Early morning watering is best. Watch closely to make sure your sod does not dry out. If your area is very hot and dry, you may need to follow up with an afternoon watering. Follow this generous watering schedule for the first couple of weeks or until you are sure the sod has firmly gripped the soil. Once this happens, you can reduce your watering schedule to alternating days.

Mowing on Sod

Once your grass has taken root, you can start mowing with a push mower. Do not use a riding mower until your grass has been in place for several months and is very well established. You should mow fairly high and infrequently at first. Don’t remove more than a third of the grass blade, and only mow every couple of weeks until the grass is fully established.

Related Resources:

Selecting Sod in Texas

Frisco Sod Grass

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Types of Grass for New Sod

This slideshow will give you a brief explanation of the different types of grass used for new sod in lawn care projects. You should know the difference between warm season grasses and cold season grasses before choosing which type of grass is better for your yard. Warm season grasses would be preferred in Texas.

If you need any help choosing your sod grass, you can give us a call or contact us through the website.

 

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Landscape Lighting Can Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

landscape lightingOne of the most effective ways to increase your Plano home’s curb appeal is with high-quality landscape lighting. Skillfully done lighting points up the best qualities of your landscaping and downplays the less impressive areas. One of the nicest things about adding lighting to your landscape is that you get a great return on your investment. Landscape lighting in Plano is an amazingly affordable way to add dazzling curb appeal.

You might think that lighting your landscape would mostly be applicable in the spring and summer months, but this really isn’t true. Good lighting gives your autumn landscaping a warm, homey glow. What could be more festive in the winter months than bright, seasonal lighting?

Add Lighting to New Or Existing Landscapes For An Impressive Effect

You can get seamless results (and possibly an excellent deal) by having outdoor lighting installed when you have your landscaping done. If you have a good landscape designer who also does excellent professional lighting, you’re bound to get the best results in this way. If you have an existing landscape plan that you love, a professional can certainly make the best of it; however, you may need to transplant a few of your favorites to different locations for best results.

Hire A Pro For The Best Results!

It might seem that lighting your landscape would be an easy do-it-yourself task, but the fact is if you want professional results it’s necessary to hire a professional. Badly lit landscapes simply do not look good, and just like anything else it takes knowledge and skill to know exactly what will work and what won’t. Landscape lighting professionals have a critical eye that allows them to know just what’s right for your landscape without a lot of trial and error.

Curb Appeal & Safety Go Hand-In-Hand

If you’re trying to sell your home or business or simply want to make a good impression, nothing does it better than excellent outdoor lighting. You can show off the splendor of your landscaped areas during the growing season and highlight points of special interest during the hottest months of summer and/or the cold dreary months of winter.

Remember that landscape lighting in Plano, TX is also an excellent security investment. A well lit home or business is a safer home or business. In fact, you may even get some discounts on your premises’ insurance when you have your exterior well and professionally lighted.

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