Many people neglect their backyard when they move into a new house, since they’ve just spent a lot of money on the property, moving all the furniture and all kinds of different tasks, like rewiring and painting. The backyard is usually perceived as a luxury that can wait for a moment when we have more time and money. That would be perfectly understandable if cultivating your backyard necessarily required a lot of money.
If you or your designer are creative enough and know exactly what you want and how to get it, this endeavour doesn’t have to break your bank. By choosing more available materials and designs that require very little maintenance, as well as plants that don’t need a lot of watering, you may achieve excellent results at a very low cost.
Define the purpose
Before you start sketching any ideas, think about what you’d like to use the space for. Can you see yourself spending a lot of time there? Or, are you just trying to create a pleasant sight that you’d enjoy from inside the house? Once you’ve made up your mind, you may start thinking about your next steps.
Once you’ve established what you’d like, you need to see if you can afford it. Make a plan of all purchases you’d need to make and how much you’d have to pay for various services. When you’re done, check where you can save some money by either doing things yourself or with a help from a friend or family member.
Pavers are your friends
You can use broken or recycled pavers to create any pattern you like and you can also plant moss or a similar plant, such as creeping sedum among the pieces of pavers. This creates a very nice contrast and lowers your expenditure if you need to buy pavers. This is also a great idea for a path through your backyard. It looks rustic, but in harmony with the nature.
Get your plants for free
You can get so many plants for free if you ask your friends for cuttings of their plants. People are generally quite happy to share their love for flowers and plants with others, especially their friends. Also, if some of your neighbours are moving house, you might ask them to let you have some of their plants. These are all things you can do before heading off to a local nursery and spending money on seedlings or bulbs.
Apart from the traditional gardening tools, you might need some extra help, depending on the size and type of your backyard. For example, practical 12-volt sprayers are quite helpful when it comes to applying organic herbicides and fertilisers and they guarantee that you’ll apply such substances evenly and in accordance with recommendations.
They are quite often the focal point of the whole backyard. If you don’t have your own raised beds or planters, you may well use things like barrels, pallets or even tires. If you paint them in a bold colour, you’ll achieve quite an attractive result and you’ll give a completely new life to objects that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
If you don’t want to plant new plants every year, choose perennials. Even though that involves a slightly higher expenditure at first, it’ll soon pay off. Also, you’ll be treated to the same, colourful backyard every year. Alternatively, you may opt for a one-colour garden, which can also be very attractive.
Your imagination and creativity are pretty much the greatest limitations when it comes to bringing your backyard back to life. As you can see, there’re so many uncomplicated things you can do on your own, but which can mean a lot when it comes to the overall appeal of your backyard. So, don’t use your current shortage of money as the main excuse, but have a look at what you can do with what you have. The result may well be very surprising and rewarding.