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Tips for Landscaping on a Budget

Landscaping is a great way to enhance the aesthetic value of your home and even improve your outdoor space. Transforming your yard is more than just enhancing the appeal of your entire property. When it comes to landscaping requires careful planning and research.

Since you’re on limited resources, being cautious about all the little things you want to install on your property will keep you from purchasing unnecessary items. Landscaping doesn’t usually come in cheap. 

In considering your tight resources, you don’t have to purchase the most expensive plants or any materials for your landscaping. There are inexpensive and beautiful native plants and pieces that can modify your yard into a spectacular view. First, you have to figure out and carefully plan what you want, set your budget and prioritise.

Elements in Landscaping

Figuring out what you want to do in your yard is the first step to avoiding spending unnecessary instalments on your lawn. To get a better understanding of where and how to start with your landscaping project, there are two main elements of landscaping that you have to consider:


Hardscaping involves all the non-plant design and the hard stuff in your yard. It consists of retaining walls, paved walkways, fences, patios, etc. Hardscape is essential for your lawn’s overall appearance.


Softscape accentuates a well-designed hardscape through its shapes, colours, textures and sizes. It is the soft and growing stuff in your lawn—from perennial flowers, trees, succulents, etc.

How to landscape on a budget?

If you want to improve your garden, but your resources are tight? Landscaping on a budget is not as hard as you think and doesn’t mean you have to settle on a shabby-looking yard. Using your imagination and creativity, you will be able to create an inexpensive, beautiful landscape.

Plan and draw a layout

First, create a well-thought plan and design. Figure out what you want to do with your lawn or garden and the style you want to make. If you’re out of ideas, look for inspiration or walk around the neighbourhood. Getting a completed design for your project will help not only with your desired outcome but the cost of the renovation as well. 

With your layout, you can find and analyse which areas you should include, where you should start or do it by section considering the resources at hand.

Landscape elements

Don’t limit yourself from buying your landscape elements at the local garden nurseries or hardware stores. There are several options and inspirations you can find all over the internet. But, if you are resourceful and creative, garage sales, junkyards and other thrift shops are also excellent choices. 

Some landscaping supplies are expensive, such as sculptures, pots or plants. One way to cut the costs or even get them for free is to ask your friends for plant cuttings. Construction sites are good places to look for bricks or pieces of concrete. 

Landscaping doesn’t come cheap, and searching for other resources is one way of keeping your budget at bay.

Reconsider landscape area

Each landscape style will require certain purchases and maintenance costs after the renovation. Consider reducing the areas covered with grass. Instead, create more flowerbeds, filling them with native plants and flowers. Aside from the exceptional aesthetic value, a diverse garden is healthier than monoculture lawns and it significantly saves you money purchasing unnecessary weed killers.

How to maintain my landscape?

Landscaping is more than just increasing the aesthetic appeal of your home. It is also an inviting outdoor space for your family and friends but it doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to impress. It’s fine to splurge occasionally on certain pieces for added value. 

Indeed, landscaping your lawn is rewarding but always know your limit. Little things can pile up swiftly, turning your mini-project into a massive hit in your wallet.

Trees Down Under offers year-round residential garden services. A polished and well-manicured landscape is our specialty. Getting a well-maintained lawn doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.

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