Has your yard been looking a little blah lately? Maintenance is not always easy and requires considerable effort, time, and money. But, if you want to improve your home’s curb appeal, one of the best ways to do so is to focus on landscaping.
There are endless ways to improve landscaping and your yard as a whole, whether adding in new trees, putting in a new driveway, or painting an exterior door. But, some projects are more affordable and realistic than others.
Thankfully, some easy steps can improve your yard without spending much money. Here are some tips to help you out and some ideas for upgrading your yard when you have a tight budget.
Tip 1: Do Your Research Ahead Of Time
Adding in some well-placed improvements elevates a yard, but some projects can be more expensive than others. For example, re-doing your entire backyard or installing a new driveway may be more than you want to take on, but you might not know what you’re comfortable with until you look into the process.
For example, if you’re doing a paver patio or walkway project, it’s critical to know how to prepare the ground and layer crushed rock and sand underneath the pavers, or else the stones will settle and be uneven.
Otherwise, you may need to call in experts. As Angel Khan from Rainier Rockeries explains, “Many homeowners have called us in to fix their DIY patio, and because of improper prep work, we’ve had to pull all the pavers out and start from scratch.”
Tip 2: Do Smaller Projects On Your Own
DIY renovations have their place and also have their limits. Suppose you want more extensive work done to your yard and don’t have a lot of experience. In that case, it’s safer and easier to pay the professionals to do it. In the long run, you’ll save time and money this way. But, for minor cosmetic upgrades, it can be worth doing them on your own.
You can learn to install new shutters, paint your door, or change light fixtures on your own and with a bit of help from how-to guides.
Tip 3: The Importance Of A Beautiful Yard
When it comes to the landscaping and vegetation around your yard, some of it is a personal preference. Some people prefer a more wild look with lots of flowers and decorations, while others like a minimal, manicured style. There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong. But, having a yard that’s taken care of through weddings and good upkeep will improve the appearance of your home.
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can make your yard look more inviting and lusher by trying these yard project ideas:
- Add color: Whether you’re planting flowers or getting bright planter boxes, some pops of color look great and add interest.
- Include comfortable places to sit: You can make your yard more enjoyable with comfortable furniture. But, there are many options here. Try Adirondack chairs around a fireplace, or put in a comfortable hammock for a laid-back vibe.
- Plant some vegetables or herbs: While keeping a garden is a lot of work, you’ll get some fun experience and connect with nature if you grow even just a few vegetables or herbs.
With a few changes to your landscaping, your home will look better and be more inviting for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
Tip 5: Look Into Thrifting
You might think about thrifting primarily for indoor decorating, but you can do it for outdoor projects, too. You may have to think outside the box, however. You can go to most thrifty shops to look for things to use as planters, and you can even be creative. You may also consider junkyards or vintage stores to find specific outdoor items.