Home > Frugality > 5 Cheap Landscaping Ideas You Should Do This Summer

5 Cheap Landscaping Ideas You Should Do This Summer

Landscaping IdeasHave you been looking for some different landscaping ideas lately? I know we have in our home since summer is here in full force, but we generally like to find some things that are a bit different or outside the box.

Of course, everyone is planting bushes and trees and filling landscaped areas in with bark – wouldn’t you like to do something a little different? If you’re looking for some new or unique landscaping ideas then hopefully this list will get your creative juices flowing as to what you can do to fix up your yard this summer while also staying on a budget.

Chair Swing

Take a look at the picture below. It’s a chair swing and it could really jazz up your back yard and for less than $20. That’s not too bad in my book!

The chair could easily be found at a yard sale for $5 (or less if you’re good at negotiating), and then all you would need is a single long board and some rope. First you remove the legs off from the chair, then cut your board in two and create a frame underneath. Finally, drill some holes and attach the rope to a tree branch above. Presto! You’ve got your chair swing for $10 or $15.

Plant Some Ornamental Kochia Scoparia Grass

I just recently stumbled upon this lately, but it can really bring your landscaping alive. In the summer time, the plants are typically green, but in the fall the bright colors will come out and turn your yard all sorts of different colors! If you’re looking for some colorful landscaping ideas this could potentially be the plant for you.

Create Your Own Wind Chime

Believe it or not, wind chimes are making a comeback, especially the creative DIY kind. If you have some old keys in the drawer that no longer fit into any of your key holes (we all end up with these keys somehow…), then why not create your very own wind chime?

Find yourself a nice stick from the back yard and get some yarn from the basement and you have everything you need to make the wind chime pictured below. If you have young children, this can also be a great way to involve them in a fun project around the house.

Make Tiki Torches Out of Old Wine Bottles

Many people buy tiki torches from the store at $15 or $20 a piece, but why spend the money when you can make your own for a fraction of the price? Plus, your DIY torches will likely jazz up your back yard much better than the store-bought variety.

All you have to do is find some torch rope (you can find these from your local outdoor store (such as Lowes or Home Depot), lantern fuel (likely kerosene), and an old empty (washed out of course) wine bottle, and you can create your very own tiki torch! Each torch should cost somewhere around $5 or less.

Glow in the Dark Planters Pots

Take a look at the photo below. I don’t know about you, but they look pretty darn creative to me. The great news is that they’re super simple. If you already have a yard like the one below, all you have to do is buy some glow in the dark paint, apply it to your pots, and you will have your very own glow in the dark pots every night! The nice thing is, they produce light at night so you don’t have to worry about lighting your yard if you are out in the yard with friends.

 

 

What are some landscaping ideas you’ve come up with? Have you ever DIY on landscaping, or do you prefer to go store bought? What’s your favorite way to spruce up your yard for the summer?

 

 

Photo courtesy of: Green Forest Landscaping

If you enjoyed this post, please considersubscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.
The following two tabs change content below.
John Schmoll is a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. He's passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes so that they can live lives free from the shackles of debt and empowered to make their money work for them. You can check out his other sites: Frugal Rules, for ways to improve your financial literacy; and Sprout Wealth for tips on different ways to make more money. John has been featured on Forbes, Lifehacker, Yahoo Finance and US News & World Report and more. If you're wanting to grow your blog, check out my blog coaching services to see how I can help you take your site to the next level.

15 comments

  1. I like these! The tiki torch is awesome! I’ll have to try that one out. Wine bottles can be very unique so they can make some interesting torches I’m sure.
    Kalen @ MoneyMiniBlog recently posted…11 Ways to Make Money When You Spend MoneyMy Profile

  2. That ornamental grass looks really cool!!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted…I Heart Baby Veg: An Ode to GardeningMy Profile

  3. I LOVE these ideas!!! Especially the wind chime and the tiki torches out of wine bottles! I have never seen anything like that and unfortunately after a challenging week, I do happen to have some empty wine bottles after the weekend. :-)
    Shannon @ Financially Blonde recently posted…Why Set the Bar Low?My Profile

  4. I love the chair swing…I think I may have to build one…I’m also a huge fan of the wine bottle tiki torches…awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing!
    Joshua @ CNA Finance recently posted…Are We Headed Toward Another Economic Recession?My Profile

  5. Oh I really love the glow in the dark planter pots! I might have to do that :)
    Michelle recently posted…Six Questions To Know More About YouMy Profile

  6. My grandma used to have a chair swing, I used to love that thing.
    Zee @ Work-To-Not-Work recently posted…Give Yourself a Bonus!My Profile

  7. I really like that ornamental grass. I have one bush thingy that apparently died that I need to get out, and something needs to replace it. Not sure when I am going to do that, but it is on the list!
    Kipp recently posted…Liebster Nomination x2My Profile

  8. Whoa, those are all really neat backyard projects! The colour on the bushy grass is really astounding, it’s amazing some of the colours that nature can produce.
    I create a healthy stream of empty wine bottles, maybe I should repurpose them like this and sell them!
    Anne @ Money Propeller recently posted…7 Things to Buy When You Graduate UniversityMy Profile

  9. I love the chair swing. I wish we had a tree that would be able to support the weight of people swinging on it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge