10 Easy and Simple Landscaping Ideas

Nathan Powers
Written by Nathan Powers
Updated January 3, 2022
Creating a beautiful landscape doesn't have to break the bank. (Photo courtesy of Alejandro T.)

Transform your yard landscaping on a budget with these ten simple ideas.

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Picture your dream yard. Maybe you see a beautiful, blooming garden. Perhaps you imagine a soothing place you can escape the world. Or, maybe you envision yourself enjoying Mother Nature in the company of family and friends.

No matter your vision, achieving the landscape refresh of your dreams doesn’t have to be difficult – or expensive. You can have a beautiful backyard without breaking the bank.

These budget-friendly and simple landscaping ideas are perfect for transforming your yard.

1. Grow a healthy, beautiful lawn

One of the first things people notice about a landscape is the lawn. Nothing beats the sight of beautiful, lush green grass. While you might struggle to achieve this goal, maintaining a picture-perfect yard is possible. Use The Espoma Company's organic lawn foods for a lawn that is not only beautiful but is also safe for the kids and pets.

2. Plant in pairs

Choose plants that work well together, especially if incorporating potted plants in your landscaping. Companion planting is not only visually appealing, it also helps plants to thrive. For example, sunflowers add stunning beauty to the garden, but inhibit the growth of any surrounding plants. Don’t forget to prune your plants regularly to keep them healthy and thriving year-round.

3. Find purposeful plants

Choose multi-purpose plants while planning your landscape to get the most out of your garden. Edibles like blueberries and tomatoes not only provide delicious homegrown food, they add pops of color and beautiful foliage to the garden. Even if you’re short on space, you can use compact edible berry shrubs, such as those from Bushel & Berry, to add fresh fruit instantly.

4. Add raised garden beds

Raised beds can add depth to the garden and serve as a great focal point in your landscape. Raised gardening beds are also harder to reach, which serves as an added bonus if critters have been snacking on your plants.

5. Mix it up

For a dramatic contrast, mix living plants with practical hardscapes. Add stone walkways or pebble beaches to the garden to create a textured landscape. Or, plant contrasting colors near each other for a bold, colorful yard.

6. Divide the garden

Your house has different rooms, so why can’t the garden? Use symmetrical lines of flowers, shrubs or succulents to create borders in your landscape. Then, you can style each portion of your yard differently for a unique look.

7. Add containers

Particularly great for small space gardeners, container plants fit perfectly into any landscape. The best part is, almost anything can be made into a container garden, so get creative! Whether you’re growing edibles or simply your favorite flowers, be sure to use an organic potting soil, such as The Espoma Company’s, for best results.

8. Create privacy

A backyard can be a place to relax and simply enjoy your surroundings. If you like to escape from the world, you’re going to want some privacy. Plant tall hedges or fences in your yard to create a secret oasis.

9. Party time

If you love hosting company and entertaining guests, make your landscape party-friendly. Use big trees to create plenty of shady spots to relax. Incorporate outdoor furniture in your backyard and add elements like fire pits and string lights to create a fun, welcoming environment.

10. Create a kid zone

The best way to get kids playing outside is to have a kid-friendly landscape. Add a swing set, sandbox or paved stones for hopscotch to keep your little ones active and happy. Use this opportunity to teach them about gardening and growth.

The options are endless when it comes to improving your landscape on a budget - you just have to be a bit creative. 

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