| Hi Taylor
- I've got high hopes for fixing up my yard this summer, but I'm starting
to worry I don't have the money to make these dreams come true. Do
you have any advice for a DIY landscaper who wants things to look
good without spending a fortune? - Jared
Hi Jared - This sounds like a worthy goal and I'd love to help.
I wouldn't describe myself as a green thumb, but I have some ideas
about how you can spruce things up in a cost-effective way.
what you have. It sounds like you're ready to put in some
time and effort, and laziness is usually what causes people to
overspend on these types of projects. It's really easy to drop
$300 on the materials needed to make a fancy flower bed, whereas
it takes a little more time to find old household items that can
be deconstructed and repurposed. However, if you waterproof shelves
from old desks or place the bars of an old bed frame in the right
place, you can create some neat visuals without even going to
the store. Think about creating clear, defined areas using whatever
materials you have around and then getting affordable plants to
make everything look a little nicer.
2. Add some lighting. I'm constantly impressed by what you
can do with well placed Christmas lights. There's no reason your
yard can't look good at night as well as during the day, and using
a strand of cheap lights to either line a walkway or decorate
some shrubs can go a long way. You don't have to leave them plugged
in and wasting power throughout the day. These small lights are
also a great way to fight frost when the temperature starts dropping
below 30 and hurting some of your vegetation.
3. Get water-conscious plants. If you buy exotic flowers
and things that need daily watering, you can't avoid paying that
utility. These fancy plants often cost more than some of the heartier
options as well. Look into succulents and cactuses and some of
the ferns that can get by with just a little bit of hydration.
You'll still be able to keep your yard green and lush looking
without providing the same amount of water that jungle plants
expect. You can also use nice rocks and other non-living decorations
to avoid increasing your water bill.
| If you get
creative and put in the effort, I'm sure you can design a lovely landscape
that doesn't break the bank. If you have any luck with the options
above, please let me know!
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June 29, 2020
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