Cool Backyard Design Ideas on a Budget

Go Beyond Green

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)
  • “USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.” USDA Agricultural Research Service. (May 31, 2013)
  • “DIY Project: Eriks’ Recycled Wine Bottle Torch.” Design Sponge. (May 31, 2013)
  • “Dyed Glass Luminaries from Baby Jars.” Inspired By Familia. (May 31, 2013)
  • “Chic Backyard on a Shoestring.” Sunset magazine. (May 31, 2013)
  • “Building a Gravel Patio.” TLC. (May 31, 2013)