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- April 13, 2007 at 5:46 pm #251563Guest
Fixing up a backyard is expensive even when you do it yourself so it
is best to do it gradually. We have a good sized yard. When we moved
here it was only partially fenced, there was just grass everywhere.
No patio, no landscaping or anything. We have been here for almost 6
years and each year we have done a few things because of the cost we
have to spread the costs out. We have finished the fencing. We had a
company in that put in the posts for $20 each then we built the rest
of the fence. For a patio we used patio stones. We waited until
there was a sale on at the hardware store. We bought the kind that
are coloured concrete with lines on them to look like bricks. We had
a load of sand dumped on our driveway, 2 tons cost $60. We moved it
with wheelbarrows to the backyard and leveled it out to lay the
patio stones on.
For plants we have put in a lot of flowering shrubs. They are easy
to maintain and add colour to the yard. I put the word out to
friends and family and was able to get shoots and roots from several
different people. Many of these types of shrubs spread so often
people with mature shrubs will thin them out. I got tons of
different coloured lilacs, flowering crabapple and rose of sharon as
well as some maple saplings. You won’t get instant results like
going to the garden centre but they will mature over time. I also
watch the garden centre flyers. They often have “loss leaders” just
like grocery stores. I have bought small potentilia, smoke bushes,
hydrangea and snowball bushes for $4.99-$7.99 each. Also if you buy
the smaller bushes they are much cheaper that buying bigger ones.
When you first put in the little plants they look a bit skimpy,
resist the urge to try and fill-up the spaces. The plants will
mature and fill-up the spaces over a few years time.
Another thing that has added lots of colour at an economical price
is making my own hanging pots. I bought the metal hangers and pots
at the dollar store. I used potting soil and planted petunias
(bought on sale) in the pots and hung them. I hang them along my
fence and resuse the same pots every year. Costs hardly anything.
Much better than the pre-made hanging baskets. A two year old can
help with this. Another thing to do is plant morning Glory seed. I
put them along the fence, I stick those bamboo sticks from the
dollar store in the ground and they will grow up them and the fence.
Sunflowers are fun to grow and I always plant some of those. I plant
them a little bit away from the house because they tend to attract
bees and wasps.
We put in a 8’x10′ shed last year. It was a major investment for us.
It was a rubbermaid type plastic shed. It was over $1000 for the
shed and the base. It took about a day for us to put it together. We
priced the wooden shed kits but they worked out fairly expensive
because the siding and shingles were not included in the cost.
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Jessica White”
I am about to move into our first house and we have a huge
backyard…I want to keep everything inexpensive and do-it-yourself.
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