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Inexpensive landscaping ideas

Inexpensive landscaping ideas
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Fake it until you make it with these cheap landscaping fixes that look expensive.

Add a small water feature

Add a small water feature
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With minimal materials and effort, you can build this beautiful artesian fountain in just two days. And – bonus! – once it’s built, you don’t have to worry about maintenance.

Carve out a slice of lawn for a flower bed

Carve out a slice of lawn for a flower bed
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Putting in a flower bed doesn’t have to be complex or expensive. Just some simple edging, good soil and colourful flowers will do.

Roll in a boulder

Roll in a boulder
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Boulders are eye-catching and provide a natural location for adding grasses, flowers and other garden plants. You’ll find huge piles of boulders to pick through anywhere that sells landscaping supplies. Prices vary with size, less for breadbox-size ones and more for giant boulders that you’ll have to have delivered and placed. Whatever sizes you choose, nest the boulders into the ground a bit. They should look like they were left from a receding glacier – not like they were just rolled off the back of a pickup!

Grow self-seeding flowers

Grow self-seeding flowers
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Self-seeding flowers, like the hollyhocks seen here, are a real money saver for the home gardener. Buy a packet of seeds now and have flowers forevermore. The secret is to sow them where they have a chance to succeed (consult seed packets for recommendations) and then allow some of the fading flowers to go to seed. Resist deadheading – at least near the end of the season, when a new crop of seeds is needed. Some great self-seeders include rudbeckia, sunflower, cleome, zinnia, calendula, bachelor’s buttons, poppies, and cosmos.

Use cheap planters, but dress them up

Use cheap planters, but dress them up
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Garden twine is a useful tool for any gardener, especially as a cheap and cheerful addition to any planter. With a little hot glue and some imagination, you can create almost any look you like. Wrap an entire run-of-the-mill plastic planter with twine for an industrial look, or cover only a portion to give your decorative planters a modern edge. Twine is also easily painted, so consider adding a colourful stripe to the middle section of twine with spray paint for an extra pop of colour, or group pots together with assorted colours to accent your other outdoor decor. The only limitation to any planter is to ensure that the size of the planter matches the size of the plants you want to display.

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Go with a gravel path

Go with a gravel path
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Adding a garden path provides interest and a place to walk through your landscape. But rather than installing an expensive concrete or paver pathway, opt for less-expensive gravel or mulch.

Mount small planters on the deck

Mount small planters on the deck

Planters can be made with all sorts of inexpensive items, such as old pallets or guttering. In a little under an hour, you can make this simple railing-mounted planter. All you need is some standard gutter parts.

Repurpose containers for starting seeds

Repurpose containers for starting seeds
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Reuse a plastic clamshell container from the salad bar as a mini greenhouse for starting seeds in the spring. After washing the container, punch a few holes in the top. Fill the bottom with potting soil and plant your seeds. Close the lid and place the container in a sunny spot. It acts like a mini-greenhouse, allowing the sun to reach the plants while holding in moisture.

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Put in a backyard fire pit

Put in a backyard fire pit
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Build a fire pit for not much more than the cost of a flimsy store-bought fire ring.

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