Grass, trees, and bushes may be the obvious choice for a backyard – and they’re probably the least inexpensive in the short term, since they’re likely what you already have. But if you have a big yard, then installing other types of groundcover – think gravel patios, paved dining spaces, or snap-together wood decking squares – could cost you less to maintain the long run. If you aren’t interested in spending time planting, weeding, fertilizing, mowing, seeding, pruning, watering, and trimming, then investing in a maintenance-free yard at the outset (especially if you’re handy enough to DIY it) will add up to big savings over the years.
More Great Links
- “10 Backyard Landscaping Ideas on a Budget.” How Stuff Works. (May 31, 2013) https://www.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/budgeting/10-backyard-landscaping-ideas-on-budget.htm
- “USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.” USDA Agricultural Research Service. (May 31, 2013) http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
- “DIY Project: Eriks’ Recycled Wine Bottle Torch.” Design Sponge. (May 31, 2013) http://www.designsponge.com/2009/08/diy-project-eriks-recycled-wine-bottle-torch.html
- “Dyed Glass Luminaries from Baby Jars.” Inspired By Familia. (May 31, 2013) http://inspiredbyfamilymag.com/2012/07/05/dyed-glass-luminaries-from-baby-jars/
- “Chic Backyard on a Shoestring.” Sunset magazine. (May 31, 2013) http://www.sunset.com/garden/landscaping-design/chic-affordable-backyard-00418000070409/
- “Building a Gravel Patio.” TLC. (May 31, 2013) https://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/building-a-gravel-patio.htm