We get it; budgeting can be tough. But who says you can’t have a great outdoor space and stick to a budget? Follow these tips and advice to get that look and feel you have always wanted, for less!
If you have $10:
Ten dollars may not seem like a ton of money, but you can definitely spruce up your outdoor space a bit if you just get a little creative!
If outdoor decorations are what you are looking for, begin your search at a local flea market. Your $10 can stretch very far at a place like this. Look for things that will mix with your existing lawn decorations, but add a new and exciting element. Items like a comfortable outdoor chair, a variety of pottery or even a garden gnome can bring some fun into the space. Gnome sayin’?
If outdoor decorations aren’t what you are looking for, try adding some color by planting a few flowers. Plant them in the ground or put them in a pot or planter. If you don’t have any extra pots lying around, there are a variety of alternatives you can use that won’t break the bank. A few simple near-free ideas are to use a small trashcan, an old basket or even an old bowl. Spray paint can work wonders in sprucing up these pottery alternatives. Planting flowers can be a fun activity for your whole family, can be very cheap and provide a nice fragrance to your home’s exterior! Makes scents, right?
If you have $100:
With $100, you can start to make more major changes to the look of your outdoor space. A great way to improve the space would be to plant trees or bushes. Planting greenery can be relatively inexpensive if you do it yourself. Trees make great additions to a yard because they provide oxygen to the planet and shade for you to enjoy. Make sure you fully research the steps of planting a tree, otherwise you could really hurt yourself. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb with this one.
If you already have a tall and strong tree in your yard, why not get some use from it? Install a swing for some fun! There are a variety of ways to do this. You can use a tire, an actual swing or even just a piece of wood. Make sure that the rope that you use is very sturdy… you don’t want to skimp out on this part of the project. Feel free to add some flair to the project and spray paint the swing seat in a fun color or with a cool design. Hanging out has never been so fun.
If you have $500:
With $500, you are going to have a ton of options, which is great. You have the flexibility to buy a ton of plants, stones and décor to spruce up your yard. The key is to have a plan before you go shopping so you know exactly what to buy. Draw up a yard design that will help you settle on the look of the space. Decide where you want to put plants, if you want any trees or if you want to use the space for entertainment. Perhaps consider putting in a patio to add some extra living space to your home. If you already have a patio, think about redesigning it by purchasing a gazebo that you put up yourself or get new furniture to bring a fresh vibe to the space.
If you have an unlimited budget:
If the sky is the limit when it comes to cost, hiring a professional landscaper is the way to go! A professional landscaper can help you get the outdoor space that you have always wanted. Before meeting with a professional landscaper, make sure that you have some solid ideas about what you want. Do you want a tropical oasis or a cozy living space? Do you want a pond or a pool? Do you want tall trees with bright leaves or do you want an apple tree? These types of questions are what you need to be asking yourself to figure out exactly what you want!
Written by Mike West, owner of WestCo Grounds Maintenance, a landscaping company in Jefferson City MO.