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40 Awesome and Cheap Landscaping Ideas

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 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

Bath Your Plants

Bathtub Planter
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Through the myriad of inexpensive landscape ideas, we found a 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.

It would be especially pretty for a mini vegetable garden. The circle lining in this photo is also great because it features tiny shrubs. A great concept for turning old furniture or appliances into something new and fabulous!

Light It Up

Rustic light bulb garden lights
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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.

It 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 the approaching season. They just always look awesome and are party-ready for any occasion!

Let It Bloom

Plant Box
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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 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.

Live on the Edge

Spring garden border, tulip and muscari flowers, UK
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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 garden filler such as peat or wood shavings.

The possibilities are endless, and creating borders in any landscape will provide prominent lines separating garden beds, lawns, and other plants. It’s a great way to make the most out of a space and create an interesting space.

Fancy Fencing

Metal fence
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Create a posh look around your landscaping area by incorporating some modern fencing. It is one of the cheapest 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 great fencing can add so much character to any given area.

With minimalistic fencings, such as this fencing depicted in the picture, you aren’t wasting a lot of material, yet the fencing does its job and looks great. The yard will look polished and modern.

Admire and Eat

Edible courtyard garden
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What’s better than revamping an outdoor area? Revamping it into an incredible, edible landscape! It is one of those cheap landscape ideas for the front of the 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 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

Rock And Yard

A slide of stones. Garden decoration
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Utilizing crushed stones 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 turfs 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.

Hide and Praise

A close up view of a old rusted metal hose pipe holder
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Feeling creative? It 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!

Reuse and Relax

Palette wood furniture
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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, but it also 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!

Set Up The Mood

Garden lights on a string
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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 a size, shape, and color for any theme or setting. These are a super-easy way to add style to an area without changing much of anything. Since most of these are now in LED form, they would also 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!

Step On Your Path

garden pebble road
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Add this idea to your cheap garden landscaping ideas bank! Not only are stepping stone paths adorable, but they can prove to be quite useful. Stepping stones don’t cost much, and if you have them on hand, you can easily create your stepping path.

Creating these paths look great in any garden setting, even in front yards. You don’t necessarily have to have a garden to create a stepping stone path. Incorporate them into an already existing garden. You can easily create interesting shapes, sizes, and styles.

Surround Yourself By Nature

Cedar tree bench wood project
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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 baseboard or pillar for the actual bench. All you have to do is build around the tree trunk to create some of the cutest benches ever! It is a perfect idea if you want to create outdoor seating without buying lawn furniture.

Give A New Life

Old vintage furniture in garden
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Refurbishing old lawn furniture is cost-effective and looks 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 getting rid of some old stuff. With a little paint or wood stain, the furniture could easily be reworked into something truly beautiful!

Adapt To Your Surroundings

Green Grass Terrace Garden Landscape
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This grass terrace depicted is great if you have a strange poolside that 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!

Get It Done By Yourself

Sidewalk in the garden
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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 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.

The Smaller The Better

Small patio in allotment garden
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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.

Farmhouse Chic

Maltese farmhouse garden
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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 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.

Slice It

Garden Podium
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These amazing large wood slices take the place of your customary stepping stones or stone garden embellishments. These are funky ways to make your garden the focal piece of your backyard. 

Whether you have a pond area or even just a wide space add some pieces too. Get as artsy as you please with a conception like this. Add lawn statues or even some gazing balls for added color and texture.

Work With What You Have

Quaint Neighborhood Driveway
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If you don’t have a 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.

Second Nature

Wooden stumps
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Using natural elements such as wood and stone are great ways to make an outdoor space feel closer to nature. Since you’d be utilizing elements you’d typically find in nature anyways, these are usually cheaper items you can easily incorporate into 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 neighborhoods with many trees if you don’t have them on hand already.