Stretching the budget is what we do best, and that extends to the outside of our home. Whether you’re looking to add a little curb appeal to your property, or you’re just feeling the need to spruce up your yard, there are dozens of low-cost landscaping ideas that bring a higher reward. Especially if you're hoping to resell your home soon, upping the curb appeal can up the asking price.
1. Light It Up
Lighting instantly makes your house look more expensive, especially when that lightning looks custom. You can purchase low-cost lighting solutions online and install them in your yard yourself. Most outdoor lights are available with solar power, so you don't even need to know anything about electrical to get your lights up and running.
We love the look of a well-lit walkway, lights in flower beds and around the base of the home, and house lights where all of the light bulbs are the same color and brightness. We also love those big bulb lights strung through pergolas and across patios to give your backyard an extra welcoming feel.
Fairy lights are also a fun way that you can add a little bit of sparkle with the lighting outside of your home. Place fairy lights in bushes around your home for a year-round light-up look that adds a subtle twinkle to your yard.
2. Local Plants
Even if you feel like you don't have a green thumb, there's a good chance that there are flowers and foliage that grow with little to no maintenance in your area. Ask a local Greenhouse for their suggestions on low-maintenance plants that you can add to your yard.
Select a few cost-effective options and plant them in your yard yourself to save money. If you don't know where the landscape you should go, try drawing it out beforehand to get a good idea of where you should plant things.
Along with smaller plants and foliage around your home, don't forget to plant trees in your yard too. Trees add instant value to the home, and though it takes a few years for them to get big and strong, it's pretty fun to watch a tree you planted grow.
And lastly, when it comes to greenery don't forget the front porch. Add potted flowers or Greenery to the front porch to give the area a little bit of life and some brightness. Make sure that you're selecting plants or potted flowers that are proportionally appropriate for the front of your home.
3. Pour A Slab
Concrete is a really cost-effective way to add hardscaping to your landscaping. Though at first, this material may seem limiting, there are tons of things that you can do with concrete in your landscaping to create a beautiful design.
You can pour a slab underneath a pergola or for a patio, and if you want to take it further, stamp the concrete or even paint it with concrete paint to give it a vibrant and fun pattern. You can also spruce up your walkway with concrete by pouring slabs separated by strips of grass. This is an instantly elevating look that you can do with the right DIY tools.
Old concrete can even be power washed for the power washing stencil to create a design in the concrete. The design won't last forever, but it's a fun way to give a new look to an old porch or patio without having to commit to painting in a specific pattern. If you love what you see when you power wash the pattern on, head for the paint next.
4. Clean Up
Sometimes the most impactful thing that you can do to your yard is take a few things away from your yard. Cleaning up your yard regularly and Performing basic maintenance around the outside of your home makes a big difference.
Pull weeds, repaint patchy spots on the exterior of the home, replant dead flowers, water the lawn, and take care of any trash in your yard on a regular basis. In the spring take some time to really weed out your yard and fertilize all of your plants so that they can have a great growing season.