14 Budget-Friendly Landscaping Ideas That Look Professional

Steal these cheap and easy landscaping ideas for a beautiful backyard.

cheap landscaping ideas
Lisa Hubbard

A beautiful backyard doesn't have to cost a fortune. With a little effort and a lot of creativity, you can create a professional-level outdoor space at an attainable price point. Think retaining walls for flower beds, pretty garden paths, and bubbling water features. These landscaping ideas for your yard are cheap, easy, and guaranteed to turn heads!

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Jenna Burger Design
Add a flower bed border.

This has to be the easiest and cheapest landscaping idea out there. Simply add a stone edge and mulch to pretty up plain flower beds in a snap.

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Ugly Duckling House
Hide your AC unit.

Air conditioning is a necessity, but the units can be quite the eyesore for your home's exterior. Build a cover to keep it out of sight, out of mind.

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diy water fountain
Hometalk
DIY a water feature.

Not everyone has a pond or stream on his or her property. But installing a water feature doesn't take a ton of money—and it does wonders for any outdoor aesthetic. Here, an iron tea pot and an old whiskey barrel team up to make one gorgeous DIY fountain waterfall.

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DIY Candy
Give your garden hose a home.

This DIY hose holder completely camouflages all of that tubing and serves as a planter. Carpentry not your thing? This may be more your speed.

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Ohio Thoughts Blog
Make a path for high-traffic areas.

This blogger needed a walkway in between her back door and garage. She made this one using salvaged wood beams and concrete.

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Funky Junk Interiors
Link points of interest with a path.

Use reclaimed pallet wood to add some character to an underutilized corner or connect two points of your backyard.

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Getty Images
Design your edging layout with temporary spray paint.

Edging adds professional-looking definition to garden beds. Outline your design first using a .

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John Cullen Lighting
Light up the night.

Not only is landscape lighting aesthetically pleasing, it also increases safety by making sure paths (and obstacles) are visible after sunset. For inspiration, check out UK-based (pictured here).

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Flickr Creative Commons/Cliff
Go heavy on the evergreens.

Opt for evergreens like boxwood shrubs—often used in formal landscaping—to give your yard color year-round.

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Flickr Creative Commons/Armcon Precast
Use a retainer.

Retaining walls can help define flower beds, create visual areas of interest and, most importantly, prevent soil erosion.

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Mike's Backyard Nursery
Get on island time.

Gardening expert Mike McGroarty planted herbaceous perennials and trees of varying heights—lavender twist red bud tree and a laceleaf weeping Japanese red maple—to form this "island" in his front yard.

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Rain on a Tin Roof
Clean your walkway.

Sometimes, all it takes is a good cleaning to get your sidewalk looking like new.

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Oh My! Creative
Rock on!

This spiral border contains a small vegetable garden using a variety of similarly sized rocks in complementary colors.

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Tamarack Landscaping
Feel the berm.

Berms—landscaper speak for small mounds—are used to create a border between properties or break up a monotonous yard. Check out (pictured) for ideas and inspiration.

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