Landscaping on a Budget

Written By Jeff Hindenach
Last updated November 8, 2017

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May 22, 2017

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So, you have the green thumb. Check. You have some amazing ideas for your outdoor space. Check. The only thing you lack is the funds to turn your garden dreams into reality.

Landscaping can be expensive, but there are a number of smart garden hacks that can turn your garden into a veritable paradise without the need to grow a money tree. These ideas are so easy and so inexpensive because they let nature do most of the work. In just a few months you’ll have a beautiful garden that looks like you spent hundreds of dollars. It’s up to you whether you tell your envious neighbors the truth!

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to fill your flower beds is to buy perennial plants that you can divide. This may sound like you need a college diploma in horticulture, but it is actually quite easy and you’ll make your little plants go a long way. Simply take the plant from its pot and pull it apart into two equal parts. Both parts must have roots to ensure they can grow. Plant each part in the soil. That’s it! In just a few months, you’ll have double the amount of flowers you paid for and a wonderful display to look out on.

Considering their longevity, size and spread, trees can be one of the most inexpensive ways to landscape your garden. Small trees, such as ornamental cherry or June berry, create beautiful blossoms and will grow to quite a size over the years. It’s wise to check the label so that you don’t choose a tree that grows larger than your outdoor space can handle. Also, check that the root system will not cause problems if the tree is planted near buildings.

When it comes to creating patios and pathways, gravel and other stones can be much more cost effective than paving. A pale gravel, for example, will create contemporary interest when laid near grass or green plants, while darker slate stones will look great near water or in water features. Lowe’s and Home Depot offer a wide selection of pebbles, stones and gravel at an affordable price.

It’s amazing what you can achieve in your garden with just a few dollars. Landscaping, when done well, is the gift that keeps on giving. By using a little ingenuity to make your money go further, you’ll have a beautiful garden that continues to grow more beautiful by the year. Nobody will ever guess that you spent so little.

About the Author

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Simple. Thrifty. Living. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of financial journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing on personal finance for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.

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