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Budget Ideas for Your Back Yard

Updated on November 23, 2020
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As a property developer, Stella has written many articles on the home environment, decor and problems that arise in the home and garden.

Your Back Yard Can Look Blooming Marvellous!

A blaze of colour for your back yard!
A blaze of colour for your back yard! | Source

A Festival of Flowers

Is your yard or garden in need of improvement? Is it colourless and lacking in imagination? Ways to transform it can be cheaper and easier than you might think.

The rear yard of any property is often more neglected than the front which will be constantly on show. Yards can often deteriorate to a dumping ground for all manner of unsightly odds and ends over the winter months when they will see little use so even the keenest of gardeners will need to make some sort of an effort once spring returns and the grass begins to grow again.

Once you've cleared the yard you need to designate a space for all your garden tools; a small but practical shed can not only serve its purpose as a home for your equipment but it can be made into a nice feature.

Whatever size of yard you have you can still keep expenditure to a minimum with careful planning and a few trips to the local garden centre to price up items and find inspiration for further landscaping ideas. Many gardening outlets offer a computerised garden design service so you can maximise impact but still keep cost low.

Don't forget the rear elevation of the building; although you may not feel the need to lavish too much attention on this - it will still be a backdrop to your nice new yard and will spoil the overall effect of your garden design efforts if it is an eyesore. Refresh paintwork, ironmongery and window frames to complete the makeover. Why not invest in some hanging baskets? These are cheap to buy and you can even get them ready made up with a selection of suitable plants. These will have the added benefit of enhancing both house and garden.

Be Clever With Cacti

 Be creative with your cactus
Be creative with your cactus | Source

Products and Materials to Help You Enhance Your Garden

There are many products available to help you achieve a stylish look which can all be bought cheaply at any reputable retail outlet such as the Home Depot.

Sadolin is a fabulous product wood enhancing product that creates unbeatable protection against the elements and is suitable for all exterior woodwork. You can use it on wooden planters, trellises and benches in the garden area too and one coat will create a sturdy and beautiful finish that lasts for years. It comes in a variety of shades to enhance all woods. Hammerite is also an invaluable product which will protect wrought iron railings and iron garden furniture against rust and create a well-cared for look.

An inexpensive to create and low-maintenance rear yard will give you an outside space you will be proud to sit in this summer. If your budget will only extend to a few modifications at a time don't worry; although you won't benefit from a virtual transformation overnight you will still be able to see your new garden take shape gradually over the course of a few months and may even come to appreciate it more.

If you don't have the time to mow lawns and tend flower beds then a maintenance free patio type surface and a few attractive planters can still provide a pleasant area that others will envy. If outside entertaining is your thing then clever lighting can help you achieve this.

An attractive barbeque can be constructed from reclaimed bricks and even things like chimney pots can be bought for a song from builder's reclamation yards and be utilised as planters.

Bring a Blaze of Colour to Your Backyard!

Flower power!
Flower power! | Source

The Uncluttered Feel Will Give An Illusion of More Outdoor Space

Garden spaces, like those in your home interior, should feel uncluttered and have a designated use. Each area should flow from one to the other. When planning your garden try to work with the existing features rather than replace altogether especially when money is scarce; for instance why cut down an overhanging bush that provides welcome shade from the sun only to purchase an expensive parasol?

Decide on the focal point of your garden and be prepared to spend a little more on this. It may be a colourful mosaic, a pond or other water feature but if it serves to enhance the rest of the garden it will be money well spent.

Coloured or neutral paving slabs in various sizes make an ideal setting for some attractive tubs or why not try gravel, slate or bark chippings? Garden materials like these are cheap to buy and easy to lay on level ground. Thick polyurethane sheeting will provide a barrier between the gravel or chip surface and the soil beneath and will thus prevent weed growth and can give your yard a classy look at minimal cost. There are even specially designed membranes available that allow accumulated rainwater to escape.

Go Potty With Pots!

Pots are practical for paved areas
Pots are practical for paved areas | Source

Gardening Can Be Fun For All The Family

Rather than risk being annoyed when your kids dig up your prize blooms why not instil a love of gardening into them at an early age? Allow them a personal plot to grow some flowers from seed. Easy to cultivate and fast growing plants such as sunflowers are ideal Choosing items from the garden centre can be fun too.

Get The Kids To Help!

The kids can help with the watering!
The kids can help with the watering! | Source

Know Your Boundaries

When your rear garden is only small, remember to incorporate slow-growing varieties of trees and shrubs into your plans. There are many miniatures available which will retain their dainty appearance and not become California redwoods by this time next year. Even smaller trees with complicated root systems can cause havoc with nearby drains so always make sure the shrubs and trees you choose are ideally suited to specific locations in your garden. Saving money initially by opting for a fast-growing hedge could cost you dearly in the future if it takes over the whole garden. An overgrown conifer in the wrong place can cost dearly to fell.

Feature walls or raised flower beds can easily be created with cheap materials bought or found locally. If you live near a forest you can search for interesting pieces of wood and varnish them. If someone you know is chopping down a fairly large tree you may even be able to create attractive garden seating from slices of tree trunks. Those lucky enough to live at the coast can always incorporate a nautical feel into any garden design. Seashells, glass that has worn smooth by the action of the waves and pebbles have always been rockery favourites.

Flowering plants can be bought cheaply just about everywhere and adding a blaze of colour to your garden will be just about the cheapest and easiest thing to achieve. You can buy an assortment of planters and pots and rearrange them periodically for a pleasant change of scenery.

Whatever the size of your plot, by keeping the yard 'spick and span' and implementing some innovative ideas it will soon become the envy of your neighbours and may even encourage them to improve their gardens too.

Water features can be an impressive addition to any garden whatever its size but remember to be wary of safety if there are going to be young children around. Even something as harmless as an empty shallow planter can fill with rainwater and present a potential drowning hazard to toddlers.

Time For Some Ornamental Features

Sundials are popular features
Sundials are popular features | Source

Landscaping Ideas For Your Backyard

Planters And Tubs Are Ideal For Smaller Gardens

Grow Some Chrysanthemums In Your Garden And Have A Constant Supply of Cut Flowers

Forget Interflora - flowers from your garden are free!
Forget Interflora - flowers from your garden are free! | Source

Just One Expensive Feature Can Add a Touch of Class

Relax in your garden beside an interesting statue or water feature
Relax in your garden beside an interesting statue or water feature | Source

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© 2014 Stella Kaye


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