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​ 6 Affordable Ways to Improve Your Yard

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For homeowners and renters, a front yard and backyard has a lot of advantages and benefits. However, just like the inside of a home, the yard comes with an endless list of areas that need improvement. Each can come with its own set of costs and time commitments. There are a collection of projects and tasks that you can take on that will improve your yard, while also keeping money in your wallet. From repurposing to reusing to cheap additions, these simple tasks will help. We’ve comprised a collection of our favorite ways to improve your yard for cheap. For more DIY ideas for outside, you can visit

Add Lighting

Outdoor lighting is an easy way to quickly improve the ambiance of your outdoor space, and it doesn't cost very much money. In the past, you would have to run a bunch of wiring throughout your yard, along with purchasing expensive electrical garden lights to mount and place. Nowadays, all you have to do is grab some solar powered yard lights! Patio lighting has been proven to improve the curb appeal of your yard. It also allows you to hang outside at night, enjoying warm summer evenings with family and friends. And, you can buy really inexpensive solar units that you can walk around and strategically place in your yard.

Add a Rock Pathway

Pathways in your yard serve both form and function. For starters, a pathway helps you and your guests walk around your yard, making it easy and convenient. On days with inclement weather, they can actually make is possible to get through the yard when otherwise it wouldn’t be! Pathways and  stone fountains also add style and form to your yard. They help to provide natural boundaries and break points, while also giving people a designated path to take. This preserves other areas of your yard from getting walked on or trampled. The best part about adding a rock pathway is that you can usually do it for free. Drive by any construction site in your neighborhood, and there is usually some leftover rock that will work well for your yard.

Add a Functional Garden

For people who like to garden, planting herbs and flowers in  decorative flower pots is a fun activity that simultaneously improves their yard. But, if you’re not a natural green thumb, this might be an area you skip over. However, you should consider adding a functional garden instead. A functional garden doesn’t just help the aesthetic of your yard, it also provides food for you and your family. Whether you opt for vegetables, fruits, or herbs, there are many cheap and easy to grow plants to take advantage of. You’ll be adding to the look and feel of your yard while also cutting down on your grocery budget.

Add a Fire Pit

Fire pits provide a wonderful evening atmosphere to gather with friends and family around the warm glow of a fire. Adding a fire pit to your  aluminum cast yard furniture can turn an otherwise non functional space into a gathering place. You don’t have to spend a ton of money adding an ornate concrete area to your backyard. Rather, opt for a portable fire pit that will give you a ton of utility without having to spend a lot of money. Harness some of our previous tips by building a rock area around the fire pit to place chairs around.

Add a Storage Shed

Storage sheds are high on utility, allowing you to store a whole host of things for your yard. Beyond putting your lawn mower and other outdoor tools, you can store long term items that you don’t use often in a shed as well. You can build a shed yourself, of opt to go with a pre-built option. Either way, focus on getting one that will be large enough for everything you need to store. You don’t want to go to all the effort of researching, purchasing, and installing the shed, only to find you need a larger one.

Add a Coat of Paint

When in doubt, a fresh coat of paint outside or  installing mosaic tiles will help any yard improve in look. Anything that sits outside takes a beating all year, from the sun over summer to the various elements throughout winter. Paint will show its age after awhile, and freshening it up will go a long way. Paint is cheap to buy and easy to add - any DIYer can do it over an afternoon or weekend. Any area outside that has paint can usually benefit from a touchup. All you need to do is take a small chip of paint into your local  home improvement store and they will be able to color match it.

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