With good weather hiding right around the corner for many areas, it’s now time to start thinking about how to prepare your lawn or garden for those long summer days and perfect summer nights. However, if you’re trying to save money or cut down on your spending, you might be concerned with how you’ll be able to reach your landscaping and financial goals simultaneously. So to help you with these objectives, here are three ways you can make your outdoor space more beautiful for less money.
Hide The Eyesores
Before you can begin adding the great things to your property, you’ve first got to get rid of those things that are making your yard look not so great. Once you’ve pinpointed what these things are, you’ll be able to find ways to either get rid of them or hide them so they don’t distract from the overall appeal of your yard. For many people, this includes hiding their a/c or other heating or cooling unit. To do this, Maria Carter, a contributor to Country Living, recommends building a cover out of reclaimed wood, which you may be able to find for free around your area, so that you don’t have to see the big mechanical box each time you want to enjoy the outdoors with your friends or family.
A surefire way to spice up your yard is to bring in some more plants and other forms of vegetation. But if you’re wanting to save money, one of the best things you can do is to plant perennials. Perennials are plants or flowers that come back year after year without needing to be replanted, saving you money on getting new plants as the years go by. Some of the best varieties you should be on the lookout for, according to Marina Resto of Freshome.com, allium, buddleia, coneflower, kangaroo paw, and sage. If you’re not sure which ones will work best for your climate, visit a local nursery to speak with a professional about the best choices for your area.
Don’t Forget About Your Lawn
Arguably the most important area of your yard is the lawn. If your lawn isn’t looking good, almost no amount of other work is going to be able to compensate for that. Knowing this, it’s worth it to put in the work to make your lawn look great. According to Tim Lemke, a contributor to WiseBread.com, this should include thatching and seeding in the fall and fertilizing and watering in the spring. By doing this, you should be able to have a great looking lawn all summer long.
If you’re wanting to update or upgrade your yard without spending too much money, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.