Diy backyard ideas

Cut grocery costs in the summer time by growing your own vegetables and herbs correct in your own backyard. From DIY herb gardens to plants that repel bugs, you can easily turn your backyard into a space that’s beautiful and functional with a few terracotta planters and the correct placement.

Opt for Natural Perennial Ground Covers

Tired of weeding the lawn? Skip the weed killers and opt for thick spreading perennial ground covers instead.

According to Jonas Sickler of, weed killers can be both costly and hazardous to your health.

Diy backyard ideas

“Harsh chemicals in Roundup can sicken pets and has been linked to cancer,” Sickler says. “Weed killers aren’t just bad for your health – they also pack a punch to your bank account at over $20 [per container].”

Check out these low-cost perennial ground covers for your next budget backyard landscaping project:

Cheap Natural Perennial Ground Cover Options

Pro Tip:
If your backyard is full of large, beautiful trees, you may desire to select shade plants that can handle living in their shadow, as not every plants can tolerate full or partial shade.

Add a Splash of Color

Sometimes every it takes to make a backyard pop is to add some color.

This can be as simple as painting planters to give your garden a more contemporary glance, or giving wood, metal or plastic chairs a unused jacket of paint.

Diy backyard ideas

To save even more on this budget backyard landscaping project, reuse leftover paint from previous projects instead of buying new paints.

You can also add a quick splash of color in the form of flowers or foliage, positioning them on a deck, patio, at an entryway or tucked into a planting bed.

Pro Tip:
Another simple, affordable way to add natural tones to your backyard
is to give your deck a new jacket of stain.
Study how to maintain your deck to hold it beautiful year-round.

Use Mulch Alternatives

Mulching is a time and money saver as it reduces the quantity of water and weeding your garden needs, but mulch itself can be expensive.

That’s why one of the best budget backyard ideas is to use an affordable mulch alternative.

Low-Cost Mulch Alternatives:

  1. Compost: If you’ve already made your own compost bin, put it to excellent use in your landscaping. Just be careful not to layer it too thickly, as too much can heat up your plants and damage them.
  2. Pine Needles: Pine needles are a relatively low-maintenance mulch alternative that is lightweight and simple to spread.
  3. Newspaper: After you’re finished with the Sunday amusing papers, let your plants take a peek – layer about five pages on the ground, water lightly and then cover with topsoil before planting.
  4. Leaves: Shredded leaves make a grand, cheap mulch alternative and provide nutrients to your plants.
  5. Grass Clippings: The next time you mow, rake up the clippings – and the savings – and spread them onto your flower beds.
  6. Stone: Rock mulch isn’t correct for every plants, but if used properly, it can cut below your weeding and maintenance costs in the endless run.

    According to Steve Boehme of GoodSeed Farm Landscapes, it’s significant to select the correct spot for your rock mulch:

“Stone mulch works especially well in clean environments love around in-ground pool decks, traffic islands and narrow beds between buildings and pavement.

Diy backyard ideas

This is because grass clippings and other organic matter won’t be as likely to soil the rock mulch in such places. Also, rock mulch is less likely than wood mulch to wash onto pavements or blow into swimming pools.”

Steve Boehme | GoodSeed Farm Landscapes

If your heart is set on traditional mulch, it’s best to go with pine mulch, says Gene Caballero of GreenPal. “It’s way cheaper than hardwood mulch and is easier to transport and spread.”

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Repurpose Ancient Tires

Tires are bulky and can be hard to get rid of, as numerous waste haulers won’t accept them. Why not put them to excellent use in your backyard?

According to Michelle Bull of Lakin Tire, recycled tires are inexpensive and simple to discover.

Diy backyard ideas

“They can be picked up at a local recycling plant for a few dollars, but most people are willing to give away any ancient tires that they own on hand,” she says. Here are a few cheap landscaping ideas for your backyard using tires:

How to Landscape With Recycled Tires

Diy backyard ideas

Go Vertical With Your Gardening

Love to garden but don’t own a ton of space – or money – to do so? Consider a vertical garden.

Vertical gardening, simply put, is using vertical space to grow plants.

Diy backyard ideas

If you’re looking for little backyard landscaping ideas on a budget, vertical gardens are a excellent put to start. Not only do they make the most of limited space, but they can be inexpensive too, especially if you’re using recycled materials love ancient plastic bottles to make it.

DIY Vertical Garden Ideas


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