Want to start sprucing up your backyard? If yours could use a little TLC, but you’re working with a limited budget, never fear! There are plenty of ways to improve your yard without spending a fortune. Read on for some tips and tricks.
Clean up the junk.
Get rid of any junk that might be lying around. If there are old toys, garden tools, or sports equipment that you no longer use, get rid of them! A clean and clutter-free backyard will make it seem more spacious and inviting. This is probably the easiest and cheapest way to improve your backyard.
Get rid of weeds.
Weeds are not only unsightly, but they can also bog down your lawn’s healthy growth. Fortunately, there are several DIY solutions for getting rid of weeds that won’t break the bank. For example, you can use white vinegar or boiling water to kill weeds naturally. Just be careful not to damage any nearby plants in the process!
Nothing says “springtime“ like a bright array of flowers in bloom. You don’t have to spend much money on fancy blooms, either; many supermarkets sell reasonably priced flowers that will brighten up any garden or patio area. Just be sure to research beforehand to know which flowers will thrive in your particular climate zone.
You can also often find great deals on plants and flowers at your local nursery or garden center. Be sure to check weekly ads and take advantage of seasonal sales.
Add some color.
A few well-placed flower pots or hanging baskets can brighten up any space. Annuals are usually cheaper than perennials, so they’re a great option if you’re on a budget. Although perennials are also a good option, as they will come back year after year. Be sure to choose colors that are easy to match, or that complement the colors of your house or garden furniture.
Add some outdoor lighting.
String lights are an easy and inexpensive way to add ambiance to your backyard space. You can find them at almost any home goods store, and they’re simple to set up yourself. Just make sure you buy lights specifically designed for outdoor use, so they don’t overheat and become a fire hazard. Solar lights are another option that can help save you money in the long run since you won’t have to worry about electricity bills with them.
Make it comfortable.
No matter how nice your backyard looks, you won’t want to spend any time there if it’s not comfortable! Investing in some good quality outdoor furniture is worth it if you want to use your backyard as an extension of your home. Look for sales or try shopping at second-hand stores to get the best bang for your buck.
Attract some wildlife.
One of the best ways to attract wildlife is to provide a water source. A simple birdbath can be an effective way to attract birds, while a small pond or water feature can attract a wider range of animals. If you don’t have the budget for a water feature, even a dish of water placed near some bushes or trees can provide a valuable watering hole for birds and other small animals.
In addition to water, food is another crucial factor in attracting wildlife. Bird feeders are an obvious choice, but you can also plant cheaper native flowers and shrubs that will provide nectar for bees and butterflies or berries for birds. If you have the space and budget, consider creating a small meadow or wildflower garden – these areas can be natural havens for wildlife.
Build a DIY fire pit.
Fire pits are all the rage, but they can be pretty pricey if you buy one pre-made from a store. Luckily, it’s easy enough to build your own! All you need is some basic construction skills and materials, like cinder blocks and mortar mix (you can find these at any home improvement store). Once you’ve built your fire pit, all that’s left to do is add some wood, and voila—instant summertime fun!
Build a DIY fence.
DIY fences are a great way to improve your backyard on a budget. By building your own fence, you can save money on labor costs. Plus, these fences offer the opportunity to customize the look of your fence to match your style. Just be sure to research and follow all local building codes before starting your project.
With just a little effort and elbow grease, you can quickly transform your backyard into an oasis without spending much money. Now pick your project and get started today!