People love showing off their homes. Starting and maintaining outdoor landscaping projects can be intimidating ventures. You don’t have to recreate the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but you can join the 90 million American households who got into DIY garden and landscape design. You don’t have to search far and wide, nor spend a fortune on landscape design ideas, but whatever you decide to improve upon, you’re steadily increasing your property’s ROI. Here are some easy, inexpensive ways to get started.
Trees and Flowers
People sometimes forget that landscaping is building beauty out of what nature already gave you. You don’t need etched marble fountains or shrubbery shaped like your dog (if you can do it, go for it). Start simple. Get to a plant nursery and buy flowers, trees, bulbs, and seeds. Flowers pop color into a landscape quickly and are such a minuscule financial burden. Trees take a little more time than flowers, but still remain a worthy investment, maturing with your property and giving homes to wild life, as well as some privacy and shade on your estate.
Food gardening is one of the greatest landscape design ideas. Not only are you growing your own food, which is a fabulous hobby, you’re creating healthy green space to complement the trees and flowers you’ve just planted. Fruits of your labor you can actually eat! Americans annually spend a whopping $3.6 billion on food gardening and $2.8 billion on flower gardening. It’s easy, accessible, and admittedly therapeutic.
Outdoor lighting is a surefire way to show off your yard beyond sunset. Many shy away from outdoor lighting because of electric concerns, which is fair. It’s cumbersome and complicated to have installed and the cost can stack up quickly. Instead, try harnessing the power of the sun with solar powered outdoor lights. They’re inexpensive, inconspicuous, and, once the sun sets, subtly light up your outdoor spaces.
Landscaping is easier than you think, so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty (literally). Ask for help when you need it, make a family activity out of it, but really just have fun. Make your garden something to gloat about, show off your greenery for the world (or neighborhood) to see!