In Australia, outdoor living is a way of life. Landscaping is key to creating stunning outdoor living spaces and, not to mention, improves the curb appeal of our homes from any angle.
Still, landscaping can be expensive, potentially deterring many homeowners from taking full advantage of their outdoor space. However, these tips can help you save heaps of money on your landscape design.
Open lawns can be wonderful for playing soccer with the kids or for your energetic labrador to run around in. However, your lawn could be costing you a lot in maintenance.
Many homeowners use expensive weed-killers on a constant rotation. Plus, these chemical solutions aren’t ideal for your outdoor habitat at large. By reducing lawn size and replacing open grass with a garden or deck space can save you money in the long run.
Landscaping with outdoor plants is an amazing way to transform your outdoor living spaces. Whether you go with a coastal style, bringing in palms and birds of paradise, or you decide to plant a garden, growing fresh produce for your family, plants are a huge part of any outdoor design.
To save money, choose plants that are less expensive. This might mean visiting a few different plant nurseries to compare prices or going against the grain and avoiding the trendier plants that’ll generally cost more.
DIY planters and repurposing old pots can also be a great way to landscape on a budget versus buying brand new ceramics at full price.
Another hidden expense that comes with landscaping is water costs. By keeping your water usage down, you can save tonnes.
In addition to finding cheaper plants, you’ll also want to look for drought-tolerant plants like succulents and perennials. In short, avoid plants that need constant watering. Scattering mulch throughout your garden also helps to keep your soil moist, requiring less water overall.
You might also consider investing in an automatic irrigation system to prevent overwatering. It might have a hefty price tag at first, but you’ll often save a lot of money over the long term.
Why pay for chemical fertilisers when you can create fertiliser for free? Starting a compost bin using your food scraps is both incredible for the environment and can save you a lot of money on your landscaping upkeep.
Also, check out whether your local community has a co-op where you can share composting and get new ideas for cheap and eco-friendly landscaping alternatives.
Although you may have to make some investments to see a return on these money-saving ideas, it’ll be well worth it to have the landscaping of your dreams at a fraction of the cost.
By reducing your lawn size, choosing less costly plants, minimising water usage, and embracing a compost bin, you can totally transform your outdoor living space with gorgeous and affordable landscaping.