Gardening & Outdoors
5 quick and easy landscaping tips that drastically improve curb appeal for homeowners on a budget
You don't have to spend thousands to make your home look good!
Jaclyn Abergas
09.21.22

One of the best things about reality TV and the online world is that we get easy access to so many tutorials and educational videos.

These videos help us to learn new skills and information, entertain us, and teach us how to do things ourselves so we can stay on budget. One skill we can learn to do on a budget is landscaping our own homes.

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YouTube - Project Build Stuff

There are so many advantages to doing the landscaping on your own.

One, you can save money.

You’re eliminating the middle man and doing the cleaning, arranging, and assembling yourself. That saves a lot on labor.

Two, it’s a great way to exercise. You’ll be on your feet, moving your entire body, and doing a lot of physical labor.

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YouTube - Project Build Stuff

You’ll feel stronger after and have a great-looking garden.

DIY landscaping is great when you have the energy and drive to do it.

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YouTube - Project Build Stuff

Now, would you like to learn a few ways to improve your home garden and your curb appeal?

Brad from Project Build Stuff shared 5 tips on what part of your landscaping you can do on your own and how to do it. And he shows how to do it on a budget.

Take a look at what already exists in your garden and improve it.

For Brad, he has landscape edging that has become disheveled. The stones on the edges of his flower beds are trees that have become uneven and uneasy to look at.

The first thing he did was to disassemble and remove all the stones. He lined it up on the driveway on one level and power-washed both sides of the stones.

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YouTube - Project Build Stuff

Wow! What a difference!

A quick wash removed the dirt it accumulated over the years and made it look brand new.

The next thing he did was to mark the original placement in straight lines or circles so he could perfectly line up the stones. Of course, he had to do a little digging to make the stones evenly placed on the soil.

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YouTube - Project Build Stuff

Never underestimate the effect of a power wash.

Sometimes, just using pressure wash to clean the outside of your house, including the front lawn and driveway, can be transformational. Use a pressure washer to wash the outside of your home (make sure all windows and doors are closed!).

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YouTube - Project Build Stuff

But the real transformation can be seen in concrete.

Pressure washing your driveway and the walkway leading to your front door will reveal years or decades of constant use. This will reveal all the dirt and grime that have accumulated over the years or even decades.

Seeing the results will make you pressure wash your driveway every week.

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YouTube - Project Build Stuff

Do you have bushes or trees in the front of your house? Prune them.

Cut off a few branches regularly and it will definitely bring the curb (and eye) appeal of your house up high a few levels. Channel your Edward Scissorhands level of pruning!

Check your weed control and mulch.

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YouTube - Project Build Stuff

Is it minimal? Or is it bad?

If it’s not too much, then just remove the mulch and the weeds. And make sure to do so regularly. If it’s bad, give yourself a fresh start and remove all of the mulch and weeds.

The final step is to add your plants.

Are there existing plants on your front lawn? Do they look good or do they need to be replaced?

Ask for tips from your local gardening center or nursery on the best plants for your house. And ask them for the best tips on how to give these plants the best chance of a long life, especially if you don’t have a green thumb.

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YouTube - Project Build Stuff

And, of course, add some landscape lighting so the front of your house looks good day or night.

Of course, hiring a landscape architect or designer will definitely bring your curb appeal to A+ levels. But if you’re on a budget and want to make your front lawn better-looking than before, then start with these tips from Brad.

They’re manageable and affordable.

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YouTube - Project Build Stuff

If you want to see how Brad was able to transform the curb appeal of his house, watch the video below.

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By Jaclyn Abergas
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Jaclyn Abergas is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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