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Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Backyard Part 2 of 3

11 July 2018
Kevin Hartley

You don’t need to invest big bucks to enjoy the backyard you already have (or to entice potential buyers to envision themselves enjoying it too!). First, think about what you love most about your yard. The privacy? Sitting around a campfire on the weekends? Your gardens? Hosting outdoor parties? Once you’ve figured that out, it’s time to concentrate on playing up your yard’s best features. Many of the ideas here are low-cost, yet have a large impact on the people who use—and love—the space on a regular basis.

Display a collection

Collections are often thought of as high-end or expensive, but a simple gathering of plants in miniature containers can be a great focal point for a backyard. Here, this plain shelf provides a good spot for a low-cost stockpile of succulents and cactus plants. The easy backyard idea adds a fun pop of colour to the outdoor area, and could be a great way to add colour and interest to a garden storage shed.

Use remnant stone for hardscaping

One of the most expensive backyard ideas in any landscape is hardscaping: walkways, retaining walls, edging. But the stone leftovers at your local landscaping, big box or nursery supply store may be a less expensive option. Placed together in a dry stack, the stones (such as these in the elevated garden section) offer a pretty backyard element that looks as if it’s a natural, always-been-there part of the yard. Low-growing ground covers soften the edges with charming blooms. Bonus: Those perennials can easily be divided to plant elsewhere and save even more.

Use off-the-shelf materials

Custom elements easily increase a budget for backyard landscaping, but creative recasting can get you the same function at a much lower cost. Ordinary blocks elevate lengths of decking for a bar-meets-cooking-meets-seating backyard idea. The same materials in a different configuration can also be used to create an outdoor dining table, coffee table or side table. Be smart about outdoor kitchen design, and the cost might fall well within your budget.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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