The condition of a yard says a lot about a homeowner. Conscientious residents spend time maintaining their lawns and gardens, while those who don’t care as much about a nice lawn, let the weeds and grass grow, or may not have grass at all. Not everyone has the money for expensive yard maintenance products or services.
Here are some helpful tips to keep the yard looking nice without spending a fortune.
Step 1: Grass is not cheap and neither is maintaining it so keep the lawn area to a minimum. It costs money to seed, water, mow, and weed a lawn. If you have pets or children, maintain a small patch of lawn by hand-watering. To save money and maintenance time, plant a groundcover or use gravel in the other area. Groundcover plants are permanent and do not cost more than grass. Gravel can be obtained for even lower prices when purchased directly from a quarry. Some areas may have bark or wood chips available for little cash.
Step 2: Add shade using medium or large trees. You may be able to get seedlings or seeds from your neighbors or friends. Some shrubs can be started from cuttings obtained from other people. Buy perennial or annual seeds and plant them to add flowers to the garden. Adding native plants to the area saves money and these can often be found in the wild and transplanted.
Step 3: A fence can be costly so plant hedges to create a natural border. They cost little and require only an occasional pruning. Some shrubs grow 20 feet high for excellent privacy but lower barriers can also be found, such as Korean boxwood that grows only four feet high.
Step 4: Add walkways and edging by getting old wood and bricks from homes that are being demolished. Native rocks are also great for this purpose. Where permitted by law, stones from local rivers or streams can be taken and used to create a patio.
Step 5: Mulch controls weeds but commercial products are expensive. Use composted leaves, grass clippings, and plants to create your own mulch or find local sources for inexpensive or free straw or wood chips.