Inexpensive Landscaping Tasks that have Big Impact
December 18, 2017
If you want a beautiful, impactful landscaping design for your home, but a total overhaul isn't in the budget, there are some things you can do to improve the look of your landscaping without breaking the bank:
Weed all flower beds. If your beds are full of weeds, it will look sloppy. The plants that you do want to draw attention to and that are supposed to be there will be lost visually. Weeding isn't the most fun chore in the world, but maintaining clear beds is free, makes your property look tidy, and is an investment that will pay off.
Cut back existing plants and bushes. Give the plants and bushes that you already have a little TLC and a trim. You do not want to go crazy on them, but if the shrubbery has lost its shape or is overgrown, cut it back a bit. Remember: you can always take more off, but you can't add back on if you got a little ambitious with the shears, so be mindful of what you're trimming.
Edge your flower beds. A nice, crisp line visually separates your flower beds from your lawn, and makes everything much more defined. This will make all of the other work you do look intentional, and make your home look manicured and well-cared for.
Put down fresh mulch. Mulch isn't free, but it is worth the investment. Not only will it help to keep your plants hydrated and weeds from germinating, but organic mulch will also return valuable nutrients into your soil as it decomposes. You don't have to get the most expensive mulch on the market, but you really do need mulch. If you opt to go with a darker colored mulch, consider planting flowers that have bright, colorful blooms for extra contrast and impact.
Before planting, look at the big picture. Planting flowers can add much-needed color to your landscaping, but before you decide what to put in, take a step back and look at your property with fresh eyes. Do most of your plants sit low to the ground? Then perhaps planting some plants with height would be a good choice, or vice versa. Be sure to take into consideration what the sun and shade patterns are, so that you choose plants that are suited for the conditions of your beds. And consider choosing native plants!
Clean up walkways. Make sure that your sidewalks and driveway are clear of leaves, sticks, or other debris. If the eye is distracted by clutter, it isn't focused on all of your hard work!
Add landscape lighting. You can often find landscape lighting for a steal at discount stores, or on sale almost anywhere. If it's in the budget, adding landscape lighting is a super easy way to give your property a polished look.