Backyard Landscape plans

February 29, 2020
Backyard Plans Designs 1

inexpensive rock retaining wallCompared to other elements and materials, installing lawn is initially inexpensive. It’s what a lawn requires afterward that can get expensive. Fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, mowing, water, …sprinkler system.

From an economical and budgeting point of view, lawn areas should be kept small. In times of drought or little rain, it’s practically impossible to maintain a large area of lawn without an automatic sprinkler system. So a sprinkler system would be a necessity and so would also be an added expense. Have you considered the expense of a sprinkler system into your budget. Keep it in mind when planning the size of your lawn area. If a large lawn is your thing and your budget allows, that’s probably where a chunk of your expenses should go.

Sod vs. Seed

There’s nothing like the instant gratification of installing a sod lawn. However, compared to seed planting a lawn, the cost difference can be substantial. Most average budgets won’t allow for a large area of sod.

The preparation for both seed and sod is basically the same so that won’t influence your spending. The differences are that installing sod is more expensive and labor intensive. Planting seed is cheap but takes more time and attention to get it established. It comes down to which do you have more of. Time or money?

Inexpensive Hardscapes

I have two full pallets of old red bricks that we gathered for free from an old burned down building. They have so much character. I’ve saved them back for my own courtyard that I plan to build…someday. Anything free fits my own landscaping budget so we gathered them up and brought them to the yard.

cheap inexpensive landscaping image I can’t begin to say just how many old rock houses we’ve turned into rock garden walls or how many old fireplaces have become patio pavers. Native landscaping rocks and flagstones we’ve gathered are responsible for many walkways and garden walls like the wall we created in this xeriscaping design idea.

Old bricks, rocks, and other elements like these can be used for a lot of different projects such as garden walkways, edging, borders, waterfalls, rock garden walls, etc.

If you just keep your eyes open and more importantly, get out of the car and ask for it, there are plenty of cheap, inexpensive, and free resources available.

Cheap Landscaping Plants

Side by side, a 69 cent four inch potted Verbena and a $3.99 one gallon Verbena will be pretty much the same size by mid-season. It’s the same with most small specimen plants.

Most of the designs we create are planted in with smaller, immature, less expensive plants. Of course this is because it is much cheaper. While most of us would prefer an instant full grown landscape, patience here will pay off in spending your money in another area like maybe…trees.

Larger trees and shrubs? If you can afford them and they can be budgeted, use them. They add height and a finished mature look more than any other element. Otherwise, plant what is affordable and that you can carry and handle.

As most large trees are expensive, you may be tempted to buy smaller “fast growing” trees. Keep in mind that most fast growing trees are weak and short lived compared to some of the slower growers such as the Oaks, Maples, etc. Of course there are some fast growers such as Mondale Pine that are very strong and stable. This may be one area where you need to do a little research.

Low Cost Ground Cover

Just being aware of your options here could save you some money. Do you even know if your area has any quarries, sawmills, nut producers, or any other industries that produce waste that you could use as a groundcover?

Our local quarry provides decorative crushed rock groundcover that ranges is price from $15.00 per ton to $120.00 per ton. It’s a no-brainer as to what we use the most of in our designs. And as far as I’m concerned, the cheaper rock looks good, serves its purpose, and saves my clients a lot of money.

Compared to buying hundreds of little sacks of pebbles from your local home center, buying your rock from a quarry will generally be easier on your landscaping budget.

In our area we have a lot of pecan orchards and a few small businesses that do pecan shelling and manufacturing. Every year we have access to pecan shell waste that can be used as both a groundcover and mulch for much cheaper than sacks of bark from the home center.

Additional Ideas, Pictures, and Design Aids –

There are a few thousand pictures of landscaping in two directories that are free for you to get ideas from. The original landscaping pictures gallery is a link gallery to many different professional designers sites. The new landscaping pictures and ideas gallery hosts professional photos of yards and landscapes.

One More Thing – The Long Run

Keep in mind that cheaper isn’t laways the best way to go. Having to replace something before its time isn’t getting a good deal. And landscaping on a budget doesn’t mean cutting corners. So saving money on your landscaping also has a lot to do with quality of materials and how well it will withstand the test of time.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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