Whether you've just moved into a new home or you've been in the same house since Ronald Reagan was president, there's a good chance your yard could use a little sprucing up. And you'd be willing to do it… if it wasn't so expensive and didn't require so much back-breaking labor.
Fortunately, there are dozens of simple landscape ideas for your front yard that you can take advantage of. These are things that won't break the bank – or your back. And they'll leave your front yard looking better than it has in years (maybe even since before you bought it).
So, read on to discover some things you can do to create a beautiful landscape for your front yard – on a budget.
Use Stonework for a Touch of Elegance.
Stonework can be just the thing to spruce up your front yard, and it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. If you don't already have a well-done walkway in place, consider installing one made of steppingstones.
Stones generally run somewhere between $11 and $17 per square foot, so even if you have a considerable distance to cover, you should be able to find a stone that fits your price range. A stone walkway can complement your front yard in a way that other materials can't.
Unlike annuals which die after a single season, perennials last for at least two years. This means that you'll benefit from having flowers that last longer while retaining their beauty. If you're on a budget, there are simply no better options for your flowerbeds than a bundle of perennials such as Veronica, Asters, or Purple Coneflower.
Plant a Sapling.
There's something about a large tree, standing stately in front of a home. It can add some real gravitas to a front yard. But those trees start out as simple saplings. And if you're on a budget, planting a sapling is a great, affordable way to invest in the future of your home's beauty. And it's worth noting that a large tree in the front yard won't just help your home's curb appeal, it has the potential to also lower heating and cooling costs by as much as 30%.
Make Effective Use of Rock.
When I was younger, I spent some time in New Mexico. Out there, the yards were often little more than desert shrubs dotting a spread of colorful rocks. And though I don't think you need to replace your entire yard with rock, laying rocks or pebbles in certain areas to create a bed for a shrub or two can be an attractive way to add highlights to your yard at a reasonable cost.
If you're looking for ways to update your yard's look, you don't have to go broke. With a little creativity and forethought, you can have a beautiful update at an affordable price.
Have you used any of these methods to spruce up your yard? Have you used other methods to increase the curb appeal of your home's front yard landscape? Let us know!