Handy Tips for Landscaping on a Budget

24 July 2020

If you’re looking for landscaping ideas on a budget, you’ve come to the right place! There are many inexpensive things you can do to give the external look of your home a real boost.

We’ve put together our best budget landscaping tips to help you.  Some of them are simple DIY projects to save costs, while others won’t cost you an arm and a leg with a good local tradie (like kerbing).

The key to landscaping on a budget is to know what you’re capable of doing and plan ahead so you know what to expect. If you can’t DIY everything then you may need to look at outsourcing some things but be sure to shop around first.


Front yard landscaping tips

Landscaping your front yard can really add to the street appeal of your home. When it comes to front yard landscaping ideas on a budget, consider some of these tips for your place.

Tip 1: Create colourful, perennial flower beds

Adding a splash of colour to your front yard is always a great idea. You can plant a wide range of popular, colourful, cheap and perennial flowering plants in Western Australia. Perennials flower year after year, as opposed to annuals that only have a one-year life span.

You can also get creative with your garden beds, using decorative items like old painted tyres or cheap, painted Besser blocks for them.

Tip 2: Pine mulch your garden

Pine mulch is much cheaper than hardwood mulch. Mulching not only helps to make your garden look modern, neat and tidy, it also helps to stop weeds growing and it reduces the amount of water your plants need. So it will save you both time and money in the long run!

Planting low-maintenance native shrubs or hardy plants in your garden also complements mulch and looks great.

Tip 3: Create a vertical garden

If you don’t have a lot of space (or even if you do), creating a vertical garden can be a stylish addition to your front yard. For example, you could turn your front fence into a vertical garden just by using a few hanging pots or wall planters.

Tip 4: Edge (or kerb) your lawn

Edging (or kerbing) your lawn is a great way to make your front yard look neat and tidy, as well as to separate garden beds. You can use a variety of edges, including concrete, bricks, pavers, tiles, rocks or logs.

Tip 5: Get some decorative garden ornaments

You can get a great range of cheap yet decorative garden ornaments these days to create a variety of looks and feels for your yard. You’re really only limited by your imagination!

Tip 6: Hang string lighting

Well-arranged string lighting can make any yard look magical at night. String lights can be wrapped around pillars, hung in trees or used to edge flowerbeds. Bulbs can also be easily replaced when they wear out, so string lights can be a great addition to your yard for years to come.


Backyard landscaping tips

Many of our front yard landscaping tips would be just as suitable for your backyard. In addition, here are some more tips for landscaping your backyard cheaply.

Tip 1: Build an outdoor fire pit

Building your own fire pit is easy and cheap if you have some old rocks lying round or you can spend about $50 buying some concrete retaining wall blocks. You can create your own cosy fire pit in a perfect spot in your backyard so you can enjoy cold winter nights in comfort.

Tip 2: Use decorative crushed stones

Instead of going to the cost of turfing large back yard areas, you can use cheap, natural stepping stones surrounded by decorative crushed stones instead. Stepping stones are a great way to lead people to specific areas of your backyard. You can get creative by using a variety of shapes, sizes, textures and placements.

Tip 3:  Get some affordable backyard furniture

Outdoor furniture doesn’t have to be expensive to look good. It can be practical as well if you select furniture that has some built-in storage capacity (like a bench seat) for you to hide away outdoor things that you don’t use very often.

Tip 4: Strategically place some outdoor pot plants

Pots can be cheap, decorative and flexible, allowing you to move them around whenever you need to.


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