Are you looking for ways to transform your backyard into a landscape oasis without breaking the bank? Planting trees, using crushed stones or garden rocks, adding a landscaping buffer, installing water fountains, creating a rustic gazebo, and incorporating xeriscaping elements are some of the cheapest backyard landscaping ideas that will help you achieve your dream garden.
Planting trees is one of the simplest and most cost-effective landscaping projects. All you need is a few digging tools, mulch, and the tree. With crushed stones or garden rocks, you can easily fill a lot of space without having to pay a high price for lawns such as grass or other plants.
To minimize the lawn space that requires watering, you can add a landscaping buffer by digging a trench around the existing yard and filling it with mulch. If you want to go a step further, landscaping stones can add a more refined touch with the added benefit that they don't need to be replaced on a regular basis.
Water fountains don't have to be expensive to make a big splash in your yard. Modern pond pumps and liners are cheap and easy to install for do-it-yourselfers. You can even build small waterfalls by adding some stones and putting in a little more effort.
For an artisanal finish to your humble garden, try this cheap landscaping idea: Place bamboo poles in the ground at a distance of 12 to 18 inches, then sandwich raspberry canes or other long, thin stems that grow in your area through the posts to achieve a whimsical weave pattern. Finish the project by lightly hammering the top of the bamboo holders until they are all level.
Save smaller branches (those less than 1 inch in diameter) to create a charming rustic gazebo. Two simple inverted “U” separated by a pair of feet can be connected to each foot more or less by horizontal braces; tie the pieces with wire. Or you can make a more square design with vertical “posts” and a “horizontal” roof. Plant a climbing vine at each end of the arbor and train the stems to climb and pass over the new structure.
Xeriscaping is an attractive landscaping option for anyone looking to reduce water use. Developed in drought-prone Colorado, xeriscaping involves incorporating elements into your landscaping that will help reduce irrigation costs and create a low-maintenance patio.
Are you going to prune trees? If so, use those branches to create an inexpensive landscape feature that will add texture to your garden. Available in various sizes and colors, landscaping stones may be less expensive than you think.
If you want to make landscapes on a budget, sometimes the best technique is to improve what you already have. With all these cheap backyard landscaping ideas, you don't have to loot your savings account but grab your sun hat, put on those garden boots, and start improving the look of your garden.