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40 Awesome and Cheap Landscaping Ideas: #27 is Too Easy!

40 Awesome and Cheap Landscaping Ideas: #27 is Too Easy!

Have you thought about revamping your front yard but don’t want to break the bank? There are so many great ideas out there that don’t cost much money at all! Whether it’s a patio area that needs a little fixer upper or a whole outdoor concept you’d like to start, so much can be done with a little ingenuity and inventiveness.

We’ve compiled a list of cheap landscaping ideas that will not only be fun to start, but will also look absolutely amazing! Get the whole family in on the fun to create a gorgeous space everyone can appreciate! Keep reading for some great front yard landscaping ideas on a budget!

Cheap Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

1. Refurbished Fun

Through the myriad of inexpensive landscape ideas, we found a super cute way to refurbish an old bathtub by turning it into a planter! Not only is this an adorable idea, but really, how great is a bathtub as a planter? Bathtubs are sturdy, spacious and a sure way to keep your plants protected from pests like rabbits or rats. This would be especially cute for a mini vegetable garden. The circle lining in this photo is also great because it features tiny shrubs. A really great concept for turning old furniture or appliances into something new and fabulous!

2. Light It Up

Most inexpensive landscape ideas always seem to include little lights – and for a very good reason. You can do so much with outdoor lights these days, and since most of the outdoor lights you find today are LEDs, you can add so much “glow” without putting a huge increase in the electric bill. This is a great way to decorate your front or backyard area and add a level of class and fun. Even better, outdoor lights can remain festive no matter the time of year or approaching season. They just always look great and are party ready for any occasion!

3. Bloom Boxes

Even if you don’t necessarily have a green thumb, this is one of the best cheap easy gardening ideas out there! You can easily create bloom boxes out of old wood you have already laying around the house, or even if you have to go out and purchase some, spare wood really isn’t expensive at all. Creating bloom boxes to sit outside windows gives the area a quaint garden look without overpowering the setup, so no matter what size of landscape you’re dealing with, these boxes create just enough charm for any setting.

4. Borders

Easily groom and polish a backyard or front yard landscape by utilizing borders. Cheap landscaping border ideas can include anything from some plastic barriers, border boxes (that go under the ground), planting rocks or any type of garden filler such as peat or wood shavings. The possibilities are really endless and creating borders in any landscape will provide prominent lines separating garden beds, lawn and other plants. It’s a great way to make the most out of a space and create an interesting space.

5. Modern Fencing

Create a posh look around your landscaping area by incorporating some modern fencing. This is one of the best cheap landscaping edging ideas that will never go out of style. Whether you have a large property or you just want to fence in a small garden area, incorporating really great fencing can add so much character to any given area. With minimalistic fencing, such as this fencing depicted in the picture, you aren’t wasting a lot of material, yet the fencing does its job and looks really great. The yard will look polished and totally modern.

6. Edible Garden

What’s better than revamping an outdoor area? Revamping it into an incredible, edible landscape! This is one of those great cheap landscape ideas for front of house that will be beneficial for months to come! Seeds really don’t cost that much, and even if you prefer to go with seedlings, you can easily transform your front yard into an edible landscape that you can utilize all year long. Depending on the season, you can plant and harvest your own produce, saving you loads of money at the grocery store in the long run. It’s a great way to make the most of your lawn and help the environment, too.

Cheap Backyard Landscaping Ideas

7. Crushed Stone

Utilizing crushed stone or garden rocks is one of the easiest cheap backyard landscaping ideas you can find. Instead of having to pay a hefty price for lawn turf such as grass or other plants, you can easily fill a lot of space by using the type of crushed stone pictured or even garden rocks, gravel, etc. There are so many garden fillers out here you can choose from and you can find virtually any color and texture that would work best with your setting. If you don’t want to fill the entire space up with gravel or rocks, you can easily outline a garden are to give it some decorative properties and spruce up the area.

8. Hose Holder and Planter

Feeling creative? This is an amazing DIY tutorial on how to create a fantastic little hose holder garden box! Not only is it adorable, but you could easily create several of these on the cheap to spruce up a garden area. As far as small backyard landscape ideas on a budget, this is one of the easiest, most affordable ideas out there. You can choose to make larger or smaller boxes depending on the size of the outdoor area. Get the kids involved and make this an easy family fun project!

9. Palette Furniture

Creating furniture out of old wooden pallets has to be one of the easiest, most creative and affordable things you can do! Not only does this type of furniture look great, it creates a sort of rustic landscape that can easily be dressed up or down. You can stain or paint your pallet furniture to match whatever theme or setting you’ve incorporated into the setting. Add some fun patio cushions and you’ve got an amazing outdoor area that will look fantastic all year long!

10. String Lights

With so many sizes, shapes and colors, it’d be impossible not to make an outdoor area look super great with string lights. There’s literally a size, shape and color for any theme or setting. These are a super easy way to add some style to an area without changing much of anything. Since most of these are now in LED form, they also would save you on energy costs in the long run. Whether you have a large, lofty area surrounded by trees you want to add some whimsical glow to, or a smaller backyard patio area you’d like to make more bohemian, these little lights go a long way in the style department!

11. Stepping Stones

Add this idea to your cheap garden landscaping ideas bank! Not only are stepping stone paths adorable, but they can actually prove to be quite useful. Stepping stones really don’t cost much at all to buy, but if you have stones on hand, you can easily create your own stepping path. Creating these types of paths look great in any garden setting, even in front yards. You don’t necessarily have to have a garden in order to create a great stepping stone path, but if you do incorporate them into an already existing garden, you can easily create interesting shapes, sizes and styles.

12. Tree Bench

Here’s another great DIY tutorial that will help you create benches using your very own trees. This idea is not only handy, but it’s so easy to make and won’t cost you a thing if you have spare wood laying around. The more trees you have, the better with this great outdoor idea. The tree acts as a sort of base board or pillar for the actual bench, and all you have to do is built around the actual tree trunk to create some of the cutest benches ever! This is a great idea if you want to create outdoor seating without buying lawn furniture.

13. Old Furniture

Refurbishing old lawn furniture is super cost effective and looks absolutely stunning with a little work! The benches in this photo, for example, look as if they’ve been used before and just need a little TLC to get back to stunning! Maybe you have some old lawn furniture you weren’t sure what to do with or know of a neighbor who is getting rid of some old stuff. With a little paint or some wood stain, the furniture could easily be reworked into something truly beautiful!

14. Grass Terrace

A terrace like this grass terrace depicted is super great if you have a strange pool side are you’d like to fill. There are plenty of cheap pool landscaping ideas out there, but this one is extra interesting because it adds so much texture to the scene. You don’t have to just use different kinds of shrubs or grass in a terrace like this. You could easily make it a tropical paradise with gorgeous flowers, interesting lawn statues and tropical plants. The sky’s the limit with a stacked terrace like this!

15. Contemporary Designs

You don’t need to hire an architect or professional landscaper to get some interesting layout designs. With a little research and the help from photos like this one, you can easily see some ideas and recreate them to fit your own specifications. Cut out shapes in planters and sidewalk areas can offer an interesting yard focal point or even add to an already existing design. Use your imagination and cut shapes out to fit into your lawn via garden beds or even gravel and rocks.

16. Small Patio Revamp

Revamp a small patio by adding some funky plants or interesting patio furniture. Again, you could easily scale up or down depending on the space, but this type of revamping can be super simple if you’re using things you already have on hand or using things you are refurbishing. Have a bunch of old pots? Repaint them and add some of your favorite herbs for a tiny potted herb garden. Have an old coffee table? Stain it or add some cut out tiles to create your own mosaic outdoor patio table.

17. Farmhouse Chic

You don’t have to have an actual farmhouse to create that farmhouse, rustic feel. Bring that farmhouse feel to your space by utilizing some crowd-inducing furniture such as this really great large table. Imagine your next gathering with friends surrounding the space and enjoying each other’s company in an intimate setting such as this one? It’s easy to recreate and even easier to customize to fit your space, décor and style. Cheers to good friends and good times.

18. Wood Rounds

These amazing large wood slices take the place of your customary stepping stones or stone garden embellishments. These are a funky way to make your garden the focal piece of your backyard. Whether you have a pond area or even just a wide space you need to add some interesting pieces to, using natural elements like wood and stone are great ways to incorporate more nature into the scene. Get as artsy as you please with a conception like this. Add lawn statues or even some gazing balls for added color and texture.

19. Converted Driveway

If you don’t have a whole lot of space to work with, you can easily transform an already existing area into a backyard or garden area. Take this converted driveway, for instance. If you have a driveway you aren’t using, you can easily add some plants, fencing and a great sitting area to create the illusion of a backyard. Have a garage you don’t use, either? You could transform it into a pretty great covered patio area or even a sort of garden area. Add a skylight to let in all that natural sunlight.

20. Natural Elements

As mentioned previously, using natural elements such as wood and stone are great ways to make an outdoor space feel more close to nature. Since you’d be utilizing elements you’d typically find in nature anyways, these are usually cheaper items you can easily incorporate to any outdoor area. These wooden stumps in the picture make great outdoor patio tables or even side tables, depending on your preference. You could easily find stumps like these in wooded areas or in neighborhoods with a lot of trees if you don’t have them on hand already.

Cheap Garden Landscaping Ideas

21. Garden Pallets

Wooden pallets are seriously nifty to have on hand. If you have any leftover after making some sweet patio furniture, you can easily use them to create some adorable garden boxes, too! Plant tomatoes, herbs, squash, onions or whatever you want! You can basically create your own vegetable patio without ever having to go to the store to get fresh veggies. Add some wheels to the bottoms of the boxes for easier mobility and to prevent your plants from flooding or getting too much sun.

22. Garden Structures

Adding in a garden structure such as this steel arbor is a great way to incorporate focal pieces into the landscape without having to purchase something really expensive. You could even create your own arbor like this one by using any kinds of scrap metal or piping. Of course, please use caution before deciding to just construct something out of metal. If you have a friend or relative that does metalwork, you could either have them help you create something like this or just buy something handmade. Buying local is always better!

23. Stone Slabs

Using stone or concrete slabs like the ones depicted are great when creating outdoor paths. Stone or concrete slabs shouldn’t cost you that much to purchase, but if you have a larger outdoor landscaped area, odds are you might already have some extras on hand. If not, you can easily find materials to create walking paths throughout your outdoor space at garden centers or home improvement stores. You may even have some friends or relatives that are getting rid of older garden materials. You can use virtually anything when it comes to constructing garden paths.

24. Outdoor Dining Space

Make your outdoor space your dining room by adding some great chairs and a table. Who says picnics are meant for summer? With an outdoor dining area, every meal could be eaten outside! Even if you have a smaller patio area, you could easily incorporate a pretty great dining set which could be made absolutely adorable by way of table settings, funky plants and even some hanging string lights. Add some comfy outdoor pillows for the chairs and you’ve got a ready-made party place just for you and your friends!

25. White Wooden Flower Boxes

This is a super cute idea that can be manifested in any sized yard. Even if you have a smaller fence, you can easily create tiny wooden flower boxes out of spare wood or particle board. If you plan on making these garden boxes, you can prevent the wood from becoming soggy from water by lining them or place individual flower pots into the wooden box. You can make these any color you’d like and even mix and match colors and shapes for an even more interesting approach.

26. Planter Pallets

Make easy hanging wall planters by using wooden pallets. Since wooden pallets are typically already sectioned out, you can easily just hang a half of a wooden pallet up on a brick or sturdy wall to create your own hanging green house! You can put all sorts of tiny plants or herbs into the boxes and create a live growing space you and your friends will surely enjoy. If you’d rather use the wooden pallet for something other than a growing spot, like maybe a garden shelf, you can just as easily do that too!

27. Wheelbarrow Planter

With so much refurbishing and repurposing going on these days, you can pretty much make a cute little garden planter out of anything. Take this wheelbarrow for example, you can use it to fill with actual dirt and seeds, or just use it as a holder for other pots or planters. Not only is it adorable, but it’s a great way to find new life in something either old or just worn down. Again, a little paint or wood stain goes a long way and you can easily recreate this to look fantastic in any landscape.

28. Rustic Landscape

Have some broken down furniture you don’t know what to do with? Use them in the garden to create a rustic landscape! You already have the stuff – so you might as well put them to good use. Anything from broken wooden benches, stools or wagon wheels (like the ones depicted) can easily create some character in any sort of garden setting. I can imagine a steer or longhorn skull somewhere in this scene – so if you by chance have one lying around, that could also be used! Don’t go and kill a steer, though. That would defeat the purpose of “refurbishing!”

29. Tiny Wall Planters

This is a super cute idea for someone who wants to add some planters to an especially small space – like an apartment balcony or tiny side garden. I’m not sure what these tiny planters are exactly, but they look like tiny little buckets. Whatever they are, they’re adorable, and really you can use anything that can hold some dirt for a plant in it as a planter. Since these containers are especially small, make sure to use plants that can live in a smaller, more cramped space like tiny cactuses or vibrant succulents. This is a low maintenance way to bring some plants into the scene!

30. Rain Gutter Planters

This is another great example on how you can bring some plant life into even the smallest areas. Plants not only make an area vibrant, but they add so much character to a space, too. As stated before, you can virtually make anything into a planter just as long as it’s big enough to hold some dirt and plants. Just make sure your irrigation system is sufficient for the types of plants you are planning on using. Overwatering can easily kill plants if there isn’t holes at the bottom of a planter.

31. Tire Planters

Tire planters are just about the cutest thing you can repurpose. They are just so versatile and look super great set up. You can paint the tires to create funky planters throughout the landscaping area, stack them up upon each other to create a cascading planter setup or even create a retaining walls just using these nifty things! The possibilities are endless when it comes to utilizing used tires in the garden because they are so versatile, so cheap and so easy to find in abundance!

32. Home Grower

Wooden pallets can easily be turned into super great compost bins! Instead of trying to create some sort of landscape design or layout, compost bins may be the best use of the land for the garden centric person. Wooden pallets can also be made into garden boxes, so really, having wooden pallets on-hand for any gardener would be the best situation. This just goes to show how versatile wooden pallets are and how handy they are when it comes to gardening.

33. Fish Pond Tires

If you don’t necessarily want to use old tires as planters, why not try creating your very own fish pond? Well, the fish could be completely optional, but turning a tire into a pond is super simple and a really great way to add some interesting elements into a garden scape. Even better, they are so cheap! If you don’t have any used tires on hand, you can easily find tires at junk yards or garage sales. Creating your own tire pond could be a fun, quick and cheap way to liven up your landscape.

Cheap Landscape Edging Ideas

34. Mulching Flowerbeds

Using simple mulch in old flowerbeds is not only good for your plants, it also provides interesting color and texture to the landscape. The deep, fresh brown of the mulch and even the earthy tones to it can help give your garden a facelift and your plants will definitely thank you for it. Better yet, create a composting bin out of the old wooden pallets in an earlier tutorial and make your very own composting material that can easily be substituted as mulch! This would be a great hobby for someone with a very green thumb or home gardener.

35. Vegetable Gardens with Decomposed Granite

Creating a vegetable garden within your landscaping space has to be one of the smartest and most cost effective things you could do. Not only does a vegetable and herb garden look impressive in itself, but the money you’d be saving on fresh herbs and vegetables in the long run would really pay off. No more last minute runs to the store, at least. When you create a vegetable garden out of recycled materials, such as using this decomposed granite as a garden filler, you’re just saving even more money and using resources effectively.

36. Color Pop

Just because you want to give your landscape a facelift doesn’t mean you need to go rush out and purchase a whole bunch of expensive plants. There are so many plants you could incorporate into the scene that won’t set you back big bucks. In most garden centers, they typically showcase discounted or “out of season” plants that you could easily incorporate with spending too much money. If you’re feeling extra garden savvy, you could easily purchase seeds to plant instead of buying already sprouted plants. It may be a bit more difficult and it may take a bit longer, but it would be totally worth it in the end because you nurtured these plants to flourish and grow!

37. Recycled Garden Beds

You can basically turn anything into a garden bed. It doesn’t really matter what you have laying around – if it can hold dirt, it can be a planter. In this awesome picture, these steel basins have become completely unique and eye-catching flower beds. The gravel or shale used on the garden floor surround these funky beds only makes that natural rustic feel come out. The basins seem to be a bit rusted over, but this really only adds to the charm of the scene.

Cheap Pool Landscaping Ideas

38. Rock Garden

There’s just something about pools and rock gardens that sync so well together. Pool areas can be a bit expensive to maintain, so in order to add some creative flair without having to spend a lot of money, use items you have on hand. If you have a pre-existing garden, odds are you have some garden rocks or stones that could easily be transformed and used in a funky rock garden like this one depicted. Since this is a pool area, you’d want to steer clear from using tiny stones or pebbles since these could make their way into the pool easier.

39. Grass and Stones

There is nothing more natural in a landscape than grass. If you’re wanting to save some money on a landscaping idea, try incorporating this natural element into the scene as heavily as possible. Grass doesn’t get enough credit. It’s a gorgeous color, it grows easily and odds are, it’s already existent in your landscape. In this funky scene, stepping stones are used to create an interesting pattern in the grass. The brilliant green just cuts between the stones creating a fun shape that is definitely an eye-catcher.

40. Raised Beds

A pool area can be tricky to repurpose, so be careful not to get too tacky. Using things you have on hand is key when trying to save money. By creating raised beds around the pool area, you add an interesting conception of height and texture. Add deep green plants or your favorite flowering bushes to create this natural element that is both beautiful and relaxing. If you have extra wood on hand, you could easily create some fun garden boxes to place in the corners around the pool area. Your pool area would be barbecue ready in no time.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are so many cool ways to transform a landscaping job into a fun, cheap process everyone will appreciate. Whether you have a tiny side garden that needs a fixer upper or a giant yard that needs a major renovation, surely some of these great ideas will spark some creativity within yourself to give it a try!

So which ideas are your favorites? You can easily pick and choose which elements from which photos you’d like to try and use them to create your own awesome landscaping job. It’s really not that hard, it just takes a little bit of imagination and elbow grease! Good luck with creating your perfect outdoor space!

About The Author

Candace Osmond

Award Winning Designer, Candace Osmond has been in the industry for over a decade. She studied Interior Decorating & Design and is also an accomplished writer and multi-published author. When she’s not typing away from the comforts of her desk, Candace can be found travelling to warm destinations, tending to her garden, or enjoying the outdoor haven that is her backyard. Candace currently resides in the breathtaking Maritimes of Eastern Canada with her husband, two beautiful kids and one slobbery bulldog.

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