One of the big attractions to our new home was the back yard – a fantastic deck area, easy to maintain but great looking landscaping, a fountain, and cafe lights. I highly recommend following these tips for your yard!
You don’t have to have a green thumb or lots of money to have a beautiful yard. In fact, all it takes is the right plants, some upkeep and outdoor décor to make your outdoor living space comfortable and relaxing year-round. Check out these easy landscaping ideas that are perfect if you’re on a budget.
1. Put in Native Plants or Flowers
Not only can some people be high maintenance; it turns out that certain plants are, too. Thanks to weather patterns and temperatures, just because a particular plant looks great in one person’s yard doesn’t necessarily mean it will grow and flourish in someone else’s yard in another part of the country. Calathea ornata, for example, thrive in high-humidity environments and don’t tolerate cold temperatures very well.
Adding plants or flowers that are native to where you live means they’ll require less maintence than other plants, since they’ve adapted to the climate that your home is in. Having to use less water and fertilizer also means more savings for you.
2. Buy a Birdbath
Adding a birdbath to your yard is a simple, inexpensive way to add some outdoor décor, and it can also be beneficial to your garden. By attracting more birds to your yard, they’ll feed on insects and other critters that could kill or harm your plants. Plus, birds also pollinate flowers, meaning hello, beautiful garden.
3. Add Mulch
Fresh mulch can make an empty yard look filled, but that’s not all it does. Mulch helps prevent erosion, retains water and helps with weed control. As it breaks down, it also makes the soil healthier. There are all kinds of mulch to choose from, made from things like compost, grass clippings, newspaper, pebbles and more.
4. Buy or Make Stepping Stones
Decorative stepping stones can add a touch of personal style to any yard or garden and help create a path around any part of the outside of your home. The best part is that there’s a wide variety of them to choose from: they can be made from natural stone, concrete or rubber, and they come in all shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. If you’d prefer to make your own, you can customize them and include your pet’s paw prints, small stones, a leaf print or anything else that strikes your fancy.
5. Add a Wooden Arch or Trellis
If you want to accentuate your landscaping or add a pop of style, there’s something elegant about a garden with a wooden arch or trellis. Whether used as a standalone decoration or covered in greenery, they’re usually inexpensive and make for picturesque yard additions. Check out your options online or at your local home improvement store for ideas.
6. Get a Soaker Hose
Soaker hoses have tiny holes in them that slowly allow water to flow into the ground, nourishing plants’ roots. These hoses are often cheaper than installing an irrigation system and can save you from having to water plants by hand. They’re also easy to hide under mulch, and they don’t waste as much water as sprinklers.
If you’re thinking about buying a new house with a yard that your whole family can enjoy, contact a PrimeLending home loan expert to get prequalified and learn about your loan options.
From the PrimeLending blog by Sarah Crandall