Easy & Budget-friendly DIY Landscaping Ideas

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Landscaping doesn’t always mean digging up the entire yard. There are many simple ways to revamp your outdoor space without spending a lot of time or money. Below we have compiled a list of seven DIY landscaping ideas that even a total beginner could do. Moreover, these budget-friendly ideas will help you refresh your outdoor space just in time for spring.

Not Sure Where To Start?

If you’re starting with a blank slate, it can be hard to decide what exactly you want. First, choose a specific area to focus on. Trying to figure out your entire backyard or front yard at once can be overwhelming. Next, visualize what you want this space to look like. Take a moment to draw out your current outdoor space and where you want things to go. We recommend keeping in mind how natural light will affect your design. For example, you won’t want to make a garden bed in an area that doesn’t get sufficient sunlight.

Will this area be a place for entertaining or gardening? Are you looking for something more functional or aesthetic? These are a few questions you can ask yourself when planning your DIY landscaping project. Looking up design inspiration online will also be a great way to decide where to begin.

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Raised Garden Bed

With the weather warming up, many people will want to get back into gardening. Raised garden beds are great for keeping out pests and neatly dividing the garden. Choose whether you want to plant herbs, vegetables, or flowers. By doing so, you will have a better idea as to how big you want the garden bed.

Give yourself half a day, and you too can build your own custom raised garden bed. There are plenty of preassembled raised garden beds to choose from for those who want to get right into gardening.

DIY Stepping Stone

Why not spruce up your garden with a one-of-a-kind stepping stone? Even if you aren’t the most artistically inclined, this is a great DIY landscaping project even kids can do. To make your own stepping stone, you’ll need:

  • Quick Setting Concrete
  • Non-stick Spray
  • Mould
  • Bucket
  • Paint Mixer
  • Newspaper
  • Decorative Items (Seashells, Dried Flowers, Marbles, Sea Glass, Sparkles, etc.)

First, line the moulds with non-stick spray. Next, mix the concrete and pour it into a mould. Add your chosen decorative items. Lastly, let the concrete dry for 24 to 48 hours, and you’re done!

If you don’t want to purchase concrete, DIY stepping stone kits are also available to purchase.

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Paint A Mural

Use your fence as your canvas! In other words, if you’re tired of looking at your mundane fence all the time, now is the time to change it up. This is another way to add a personal touch to your outdoor space.

Plant Hanger

Is there a wooden ladder sitting unused at the back of your shed? If so, dust it off and convert it into a plant hanger. This is a great way to showcase all your plant babies in a compact and visually pleasing way. Consider how many and which plants you want to add. Next, purchase some basic plywood to make shelves. If desired, paint the ladder to help match your surroundings.

For a single pole ladder, you can even attach it to your shed or fence. Add desired hanging planters, and you’re finished!

Add Or Replace Landscape Edging

Landscape edging helps define a walkway, a patio, or outline garden space. Landscape edging is a great way to keep grass out of a garden bed and can boost curb appeal. Lawn edging materials typically come in stone, brick, concrete, metal, or plastic.

First, measure out the area you want to define. This way, you’ll know exactly how much material you’ll need. Next, dig a trench around the area you want to define. For plastic edging, dig roughly six inches deep. For stones, dig depending on how large each one is. Place the edging into the trench. Use a connector on the plastic edging so that the ends are attached. Once you fill the soil back, place a stake every 5 feet along the edging. After that, you should slightly angle the stake to ensure the edging stays put.

Mood Lighting

We know just how important lighting can be for an outdoor space. Why not elevate the time you spend outside with some mood lighting? String lights and solar-powered lights are easy to incorporate and help change the tone. The fun thing about outdoor lights is how many choices you have. There are plenty of sizes, shapes, and colours to choose from to help maximize customization. Add these to your patio, around your home, or in your garden. In addition, landscape lighting also helps boost curb appeal and security.


Last but not least, let’s talk about hardscaping. If you’re tired of the amount of time spent mowing the lawn, consider adding hardscaping. Hardscape means using material like wood, stone, or metal and adding it to the landscape. For example, this includes pathways or sitting areas made of stone or gravel. This idea might sound a bit more ambitious than the others. However, you could finish a small walking pathway within a day. If you’re imagining a large stone pathway in your yard, it’s best to contact a professional landscaper.

We hope these budget-friendly DIY landscaping ideas inspire you to plan your own projects. These projects can help revitalize your outdoor space for spring. However, you don’t need to make all projects DIY. For bigger projects like custom stonework, retaining walls, or custom irrigation, let professional landscapers handle it. Furthermore, these tasks will take longer, but you’ll get the exact desired result.

For your next landscaping project, contact us at Landscape 360 to request an estimate. We specialize in all things landscaping and offer high-quality service to Calgary and the surrounding areas.