Many homeowners are interested in cheap landscaping ideas or inexpensive landscaping.
You might be on a limited budget, yet still want to have a beautiful landscape design. You can have this! You just need to know how to use less expensive landscape options in the best way.
With a little creativity, you can save money in almost all areas of landscape design. Details are nice, but I always feel that it is the landscape look and feel in its' entirety that will make a great design.
Whether you use asphalt for your driveway or pavers, whether you have a concrete patio or one of bluestone, the beauty is in the "design" details! Beautiful curves, spacious areas, some garden sculptures, etc. will provide a great design.The following are some professional ideas and examples of how you can work within your budget.
An inexpensive patio can be made of concrete as shown in this photo by Scofield. I think you would agree that it is very unique!
Concrete has a bad name. Yet there are striking projects done in this paving material. Good workmanship, especially in colder climates, is necessary.
Concrete patios can be designed very creatively and look lovely.
In addition, it is the entire landscape...not just the separate elements alone that make a successful project.
So give up on some of those "must haves" as they are not necessities for a beautiful landscape.
Consider using loose stone or concrete to create a very nice but inexpensive walkway. Visit my page on concrete walkways to get some great ideas.
There are many types of loose stone that you can use for a walk. Pea gravel, small river stone, or even crushed stone are some nice options. It's advisable to edge the walkway when using this type of paving material so that the stones do not wander over to adjacent mulched or grassy areas. Steel edging is not too expensive. You can also create a border using brick or pavers raised up slightly above the walkway surface.
You can also use stepping stones...there are some really unique ways of using stones for walkways.
Loose stone or tar and chip are great driveway options. Visit the
following to learn more about tar and chip driveways, which is one of
the better cheap landscaping ideas.
Tar and Chip Driveways
Tar and Chip Article
The big questions...how to save money on plantings and still create a beautiful design? What are some specific cheap landscaping ideas?
Use concrete block as the material for your any retaining walls
that you need. If the wall faces an area that you do not see, you are
all set. If the wall will be seen, use lots of plants in front of the
wall or at the top hanging over to soften and camouflage it.
One of the least expensive types of fencing is black chain link.
Before you go "eeeeek!", consider the fact that it really does fade away in certain areas so that it is not very visible.
An example of this is where it is placed in front of or in a wooded area. Similar to block retaining walls, if it is very focal, use plants to cover and soften it. You may choose other types of fencing too, particularly if it is not that large of an area.
Vinyl liner swimming pools are much less expensive than concrete or
gunite pools. Yet they can be designed so that one would hardly know
that they are not a more expensive one. You can read more about this on
my concrete and vinyl pools page.
To get an idea of the different costs of various paving materials, visit my page paving costs for more cheap landscaping ideas. Here you can learn about pricing for both cheap landscaping ideas and the higher end materials also.
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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