5 Budget Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Thinking about upgrading your backyard this spring but fearful of what it might cost?

Fear not.

From hardscaping to softscaping, there’s plenty of cheap landscaping ideas for the backyard.

So if you’re on a budget, here are five budget backyard ideas that can enhance your landscape without having to take out a second mortgage.

Spread Mulch Like a Pro

A simple, yet effective way to spruce up any lawn is by adding mulch. Not only is mulch visually pleasing with its texture and color, it also saves you time and money as there is less watering and weeding involved.

gene_caballero“Instead of using traditional mulch, use pine mulch. It’s way cheaper than hardwood mulch and is easier to transport and spread.”

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Roll Into Savings With Tires

When it comes to landscaping, tires don’t exactly come up in the conversation very often.

They’re an out-of-the-box idea, but if you’re working within a tight budget, they could work for you. According to Paul Arellano of Lakin Tire, recycled tires are a budget-friendly option for landscaping.

“They can be picked up at a local recycling plant for a few dollars, but most people are willing to give away any old tires that they have on hand,” she said.


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How to Landscape With Recycled Tires

  • They’re good for edging around gardens.
  • They make great steps for playground equipment.
  • With some ropes and tools, tires can be made into ottomans.
  • They can also be made into decorative planters.
  • Larger tires can be used as the base of a man-made garden pond.

Go Vertical With Your Gardening

Love to garden but don’t have a ton of space – or money – to do so? Consider a vertical garden.

Vertical gardening, simply put, is using vertical space to grow plants. If you’re looking for small backyard landscaping ideas on a budget, vertical gardens are a good place to start. Not only do they make the most of limited space, but they can be inexpensive too, especially if you’re using recycled materials to make it.

Add a Splash of Color

Sometimes all it takes to make a backyard pop is to add some color.

This can be as simple as painting planters to give your garden a more contemporary look, or giving wood, metal or plastic chairs a fresh coat of paint. You can also add a quick splash of color in the form of flowers or foliage, positioning them on a deck, patio, at an entryway or tucked into a planting bed.

Opt for Natural Perennial Ground Covers

According to Jonas Sickler of ConsumerSafety.org, skip the weed killers and opt for dense spreading perennial ground covers instead.

“Harsh chemicals in Roundup can sicken pets and has been linked to cancer,” Sickler said. “Weed killers aren’t just bad for your health – they also pack a punch to your bank account at over $20.”

Planning a landscaping project? Consider renting a dumpster for cleanup. A roll off dumpster is an inexpensive and quick way of getting rid of yard waste and debris.

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