Front Garden Landscaping Ideas On A Budget.
The following 5 landscape design elements and landscaping ideas for front gardens are aimed towards the budget conscious home owner, looking at improving their front garden’s street appeal.
Front gardens do not need to be elaborate to create an impact, nor do they need to be high maintenance. Take a look at the following list of landscaping ideas you can have incorporated in your front garden on a budget.
Before commencing on landscaping your front garden, it’s important to have an idea of what design elements you want to incorporate.
Landscape designers can assist you with a practical design and let you know what earthworks and drainage considerations need to be taken into account, depending on whether you have a flat or sloping garden.
Bobcat hire if you are attempting to do much of the work yourself is the convenient way to get the required levels, or to remove tired lawn without spending weeks digging by hand and ending up with a sore back. Once the landscaping professionals have your area set up, you can start doing the fun stuff.
Flat blocks can benefit from having raised garden beds, while sloping blocks that are split up with retaining walls into several level areas become more usable.
For raised garden beds, consider one or two rows of concrete blocks with a bullnose capping top. Concrete block retaining walls are cost effective, can cater to curves and there are many colours and ‘faces’ to choose from.
Concrete sleeper retaining walls are cost effective to use for split levels. These days concrete sleepers come with many pattern and colour options that will match your front garden’s theme and have the benefit of being able to form a decorative base if you would like to place a fence on top.
For low maintenance front gardens, using artificial grass instead of lawn is a great idea.
Read more about the advantages of artificial grass over roll out natural lawn.
Paving laid on a compacted quarry rubble base can be used to provide a flat usable space. Paved driveways are becoming a popular alternative to concrete and also look better as the path in front of your house.
Pavers can also be used as a path across your synthetic grass eliminating traffic marks while creating an interesting focal point.
If you decide to use instant roll out lawn, consider placing either pop up sprinklers or a sub surface drip irrigation system down first. An automatic garden watering system is well worth the investment and will not only save you money on water, your lawn and garden plants will get the right amount of water down at the roots all year round without you having to remember to water.
There are two landscaping supplies to consider on all garden landscaping projects.
A quality mulch or organic compost should be dug into garden beds to give your plants nutrients and good drainage.
Pebbles come in a huge range of sizes and colours to complement your garden theme and make for a low maintenance alternative to other top dressing materials such as bark chips. Pebbles wont move when the wind blows, hold in the ground moisture, reducing surface evaporation and are pet friendly.
Unless you are wanting to have your front garden landscaping makeover completed at once, consider completing your landscape design over several stages; especially if you are working on a tight budget with limited cash flow. If you have an idea of what your working towards, you can plan to complete each stage over several months.
Landscapers from Visual Landscape Gardening are licensed to carry out all landscaping work, with over 25 years worth of experience in residential landscape design. Free-no-obligation quotes can be requested across Adelaide’s metropolitan suburbs.