What You Need To Know To Do A Backyard Refresh On A Budget
Hey, friends! Fall is right around the corner but before it goes I wanted to share with you what you need to know to do a backyard refresh on a budget. When we moved into our home two years ago the list of to-dos seemed to be endless and we became very overwhelmed, to say the least. This summer we finally decided that outside would be our main focus to tackle. The first item on the list was the over side fish pond we had that was honestly the biggest eyesore we had. Next, it was the 30-year-old walk out deck that we didn’t know whose death was first the deck or one of us from falling after it collapsed.
Lastly, we had a few gardens that needed some serious love. The first thing my husband started with was the old deck that we had, he tore down the old deck widened the stairs and made the overall desk 3 feet bigger. One of the first tips I have for you is shop around. When looking for items that you need it’s important to know your options. Never shop at one place! My hubby and I learned the hard way during the process. Prices had either decreased or there was a two for one deal. The next tip which I cannot stress enough is to keep your receipts. I’ll explain why later. The new construction of the walkout was designed to be three to five feet bigger(wider) than the previous deck to accommodate our bbq, along with that a wider staircase for the bottom portion of the deck which we will add on next summer.
We did run into a few trial and errors along the way when building the deck since it was my hubby’s first time getting his feet wet in that sort of home project.
Next was the pond. It was an awkwardly shaped pond that we contemplated getting rid of many times. After much thought and a lot of work, we decided that we would keep it. So what we ended up doing was closing up the sides of the pond where the water was and opening up the previous walkway to make that the pond. To do that we ordered a truck full of dirt to fill in the holes, dug a new hole in the centre and we salvaged the wood from the old deck to border around the pond. We then got various fuss-free shrubs that require no maintenance along with some sod. To cut costs in starting up the pond my husband made his own filtration system and we reused the previous pond liner which later on this summer we had to replace anyway.
Now because we have plans to do a bottom deck next summer the garden that you see in the picture above we needed to get rid of it, plus it had been overtaken by wild grass from the cheap soil the previous owner had used. In this particular garden was a beautiful Peony bush that we relocated to a new garden that we made at the back of the pond and we added two Rose bushes which need minimal attention throughout the summer. To build the new garden we also reused some of the wood from the previous deck.
After building the garden we still had a huge space that was bare and needed some love. With a few extra rocks from the pond, my hubby built me a new garden and we purchased some beautiful perennials which I can’t wait to enjoy next summer when they are in full bloom. Which leads me to my next tip, when shopping for plants wait for the end of the season to grab them. Everything goes on sale! I picked up two Peony bushes, a climbing clematis, a foxglove and one other perennial which I can’t remember all for $10 Amazing right???
Now back to saving receipts We had a few pieces of material left over that we knew we wouldn’t need. Because we kept out receipts we were able to return them to get our money back.
Overall we spent just under $900 for materials . If I could lend one piece of advice it would be to take your time and enjoy the whole project process. It was fun working together, and we discovered that it was not nearly as hard as we thought it would be. We still have a lot of work in the backyard to complete which we will tackle again next summer.
*all materials and greenery were purchased from Lowe’s Canada