If your landscape needs an update, don’t despair. Even with a small budget you can improve the curb appeal of your home. The key is spending your money wisely and making small improvements that have a big impact. Try these options.
Clean It Up
One of the easiest ways to improve how your landscape looks is by cleaning it up. Remove any old or dead plants. Trim trees and bushes so they don’t look overgrown. Power wash hard surfaces in the landscape. Rake and remove any leftover dead leaves in the landscaping. Pull weeds in your planting beds. These simple and free tasks instantly improve the look of your landscape.
Use What You Have
In some cases, you might have existing landscaping features that you can reuse or adapt to improve the overall look. For example, if you have some perennial plants that are getting large, you might be able to divide them and put the extra plants in another part of the landscaping. Dividing improves the health of the plants and gives you more plants to add to other areas without purchasing anything new.
If a shrub or plant is not in the best spot, you might be able to transplant it to another area. For example, if a bush is right near the driveway, it is better utilized in a planting area near the house where it won’t get in the way.
Check your garage or garden shed to see if you have any old leftover materials that could work in the landscaping. Leftover bricks from a paver patio project could work as a border for a planting bed. Large pavers could work to raise a flower pot.
Don’t pay full retail price if you can help it. That goes for everything from plants to pavers. You’ll find the best deals in late summer or early fall. This is when stores start marking down the materials to get rid of them. Stock up on mulch or pavers at that time. You can also get cheaper plants later in the growing season.
If you don’t want to wait that long to get your landscaping supplies, watch for sales. Home improvement stores and nurseries often have special sales that are ideal for stocking up on landscape materials.
Another option is to buy landscaping materials at a discount from individual sellers. A person might offer leftover mulch that he has from a landscaping project at a cheap price just to get rid of it, for example.
Add Focal Points
A few focal points or accents that really pop can make the overall landscaping look stunning. You might buy a huge flower pot and fill it with colorful flowers, for example. Or you might set up a water feature as a focal point. Those splurges and improve the overall look.
You might want the entire landscaping project done immediately, but that requires all of the money upfront. Instead, do a few projects at a time. This allows you to spread out the cost of the projects. Start with the most pressing projects or the improvements that you think will be the most noticeable. As the budget allows, complete additional landscape projects.