Your home should be a place of relaxation both inside and out. Which means interior AND exterior design. However, sometimes that means shelling out quite a lot of money to have that tranquillity. Here’s ways to do it cheaper.

Exterior design and landscaping costs can be between $4,800 to $50,000 depending on your needs. Aside from that, there are also maintenance fees that you might have to deal with later on. So what do you do when you don’t have that type of money to spend?

Well, you go low maintenance. That doesn’t mean using cheap materials. Instead, it involves looking for sustainable approaches that will give you the best value for money and beautify your home’s exterior. Here are a few ideas.

Artificial Grass

Many people are deciding to use synthetic grass for the exterior design of their gardens because it requires little to no upkeep or maintenance. While it might be a bit costly for purchase, it is cost-effective in other areas. For example, since they do not require any mowing, you will save up on fuel costs. They also don’t need to be watered so you will cut back on your water usage. Plus, your grass will be green all year round. Artificial grass is best used in smaller areas. 

Concrete Patio

When you think of concrete, the first words that might come to mind are ‘grey’ and ‘drab.’ But maybe you should revise your opinions. Modern-day concrete exterior design is anything but boring. They are slowly gaining popularity again, especially when it comes to patio construction. But most importantly, they are durable and easy to maintain. Concrete patios only need to be swept or hosed down. Plus you will not have to battle with pests, weeds or mould. If you think concrete patios are perfect for you, then you should go for it. There are many concrete supply companies ready to help you get started.

Make Your Own Mulch

Mulches are organic materials such as dried leaves, and wood barks that spread around the soil to enrich and insulate it. Mulch can be relatively expensive, especially when purchased from garden supply shops. But why spend so much money when you can make your mulch at home? You can use old pizza boxes, shredded papers, freshly cut grass, pine needles and even hay. There are many options available to you. You can also decide to use rocks or gravel. 

The pink flowers are Anigozanthos hybrid «Bush Spirit », while the black and green are Macropidia fuliginosa. Native species of Western Australia

Grow Native Plants 

Most of the time, when people think about growing something in their gardens, their minds wander to exotic plants. However, those plants require a lot of maintenance which can cost you a lot. So consider growing flowers, fruits or vegetables that are easier to find in your community. Since they will be in their natural environment, it will be easier and more cost-effective to keep. It will be a bonus to find perennial plants, which grow all year round, and can last for up to 20 years. Most of them require little maintenance (fertiliser and water). That makes them economically-friendly eventually. Some of them also spread and fill out your gardens nicely.

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