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Landscaping on a Budget
Landscaping can be very costly, but there are ways for you to create a beautiful yard that won't dig too far in your pocket!
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Certain elements must be present to create harmony between these things. These elements consist of color, shape, texture, space, balance, and focal interest. With these things in mind it is best to begin by looking at your existing landscape.
Jot down the things that you like and dislike. Also make notes of problem areas such as the inability for grass to grow, un-shaped shrubs, over-abundance of weeds, etc.
This is where you'll start creating a landscape plan. Computer software can help to make this task much easier. You can see your plan in 3D with reasonably priced landscaping software.
Unless you have a brand new property, you most likely have some trees and shrubs that exist. If they are healthy, keep them! By pruning and re-shaping those in need, you'll see fantastic results. This is especially important if you have shrubs up against the house. They should be pruned back at least a foot to discourage pests that may cause damage to a home.
If you are going to be landscaping with NEW TREES and SHRUBS and want to keep your budget down, I suggest choosing young varieties. You'll be able to plant them yourself too, saving money from having to hire a professional.
Notice what structures exist. These may include arbors, walkways, fences, a patio, a storage shed, and other such things. Do you like what you see?
If the answer is no, here are some ideas for improving them.
More ideas for landscaping
If you have existing garden beds, shape them up! Rectangular and square shapes are well...SQUARE!
It won't cost any money and only time to change them. Edge out some curves. Of course this may take up a little lawn, but here's the benefit: Less lawn to cut and the sod you take up can be used for compost.
If your landscape is flat, consider building some berms. This will add natural structure and focal interest.
rocks are another way to add natural looking structure to your landscape.
Being less costly and much lighter than real rocks, they can easily be changed
to new locations. They are often used to enclose and hide unightly utility
For landscaping on a budget follow these guidelines:
Are Deer, Bunnies or birds feasting on your plants?
Brunch time is over.....period!
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