Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas

adapted from Realtor.com, author Daniel Bortz

A home with a gorgeous yard is not only a source of pride and enjoyment to the homeowner, but will help your home sell for more if you decide to put it on the market.  A beautiful lawn and plantings will create an awesome first impression to a prospective buyer.  Using a professional landscaper to get your yard in top-notch condition can be expensive, but here are several inexpensive ideas for DIY landscaping

  1. Show your lawn a little TLC

    While overgrown plants and weeds can make a home look run-down, a well-manicured lawn signals to prospective buyers that the house is maintained well inside. So start by cutting the grass, trimming shrubs, and pruning hedges. Finish off by applying a weed killer for both the lawn and planting beds.

  2. Install drought-tolerant plants

    One of the hottest trends in residential landscaping, and so practical for north Texas yards, is sustainable design (i.e., one that requires low maintenance and less water).

    Since we live in an area with hot summers and little rain, check out the internet for suggestions on plants that thrive in hot, dry conditions. You’ll be surprised at how many there are!  By using drought-resistant plants, you’ll enjoy less maintenance of your yard and create a nice selling point to buyers.

  3. Use mulch

    Laying down fresh mulch in a flowerbed and around the base of trees can make a yard instantly more appealing. Not only does this layer of bark and compost enrich the soil and retain moisture, it also looks nice. It’s a relatively small investment for a big impact in the appearance of your yard.

    Some cities offer free mulch to residents, so check with your municipal office to see if there is a program available in your area.

  4. Buy plants in bulk

    You don’t need a wide array of foliage to make your landscaping shine.  Instead, select just a few varieties and buy in bulk to save money.

  5. Brighten up outdoor lighting

    Be mindful of how your home’s exterior appears at night. You don’t need an elaborate exterior lighting display, but a few strategically-placed foundation and bedding lights can do wonders. Your home will welcome you when you return at night, and exterior lighting is also a great deterrent to burglars.

  6. Hire a landscaper … for free

    For DIY landscaping, you don’t need to consult with a landscape architect. Both Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as many local garden centers, provide landscaping consultations for free or for a small fee if you buy plants from them. You may not need to pay a penny to get expert landscaping advice from a professional.

  7. And finally…

    Working together in the yard is a hot and dirty job, but oh-so-gratifying at the end of the day. It may even bring out your playful side!

If you have some DIY landscaping tips of your own, please Comment!