Nothing adds to the beauty and comfort of a home like a clean and well-maintained landscape. It helps your home feel more inviting and definitely gives it some curb appeal. You don’t have to have a large budget in order to create a beautiful landscape. By following some of these tips to landscaping on a budget, you can enjoy a gorgeous yard without having to break the bank.
Most people tend to think of a yard as grass and trees. Here in Arizona, we know it can be so much more than that. Many people have created beautiful desert landscapes using colored gravel. You can find gravel in so many shapes, sizes and colors. One popular effect is mixing smaller gravel as ground cover with large boulders and rocks as accents.
Incorporating a dry creek into your landscape is a great way to create an attractive focal point and definitely blends in with the natural surroundings. Using river rock, which is pretty cheap, you can build a dry creek that gives the appearance of running water. Plant trees and shrubs nearby to accent your dry creek.
Desert Plants and Grasses
Using the plants and grasses that grow naturally in the desert we live in is the way to go when you’re looking to design a landscape on a budget. Fortunately, the southwest provides many wonderful choices including the desert marigold, Mexican honeysuckle, red-hot poker and the native sunflower. For grass, try Indian rice grass, curly mesquite or desert needlegrass.
Instead of having large grassy expanses in your yard that can take quite a bit of water to maintain, use strategically placed grassy areas as accents for your landscaping. They still help give the beauty and charm of a grassy lawn, but are much less to install and maintain.
Another way to add to the looks and the overall feel of your landscaping is to use lighting. This not only allows you to enjoy your yard late into the evening, but also helps to create a more romantic ambience. There many types of solar lights that you can use for lighting, or try using something simple like white Christmas lights.
By planning ahead and thinking outside of the box, you can create a very attractive landscape on a very low budget. For tips on the maintenance of your landscape or to get a free quote, call ABC Scapes at 602-404-0568. We have been servicing homes in the Phoenix area for over 20 years.