Creating an Outdoor Area on a Budget


Spending time outdoors is a great way to relax, enjoy the fresh air and connect to nature.

Being out in nature has been shown to help improve mental and physical health. With all the events of the past couple of years, immersing yourself in nature is more important than every before. It helps to ground you, increase your helpful gut microbiome and getting sunlight on your skin produces vitamin D which is good for the immune system.

Here are some ideas for creating an outdoor area you can enjoy, no matter what your budget:

Look for Secondhand Furniture and Decor

One of the best ways to save money when creating an outdoor area is to look for secondhand furniture and decor. You can often find great pieces at yard sales, thrift stores, or online marketplace sites. If you’re handy, you can refinish some of the articles you find to give them new life.

Get Creative with Your Planting Containers

You can spend quite a lot of money on planting containers. But instead, get creative and repurpose items you already have around your home. For example, old coffee cans, buckets, or tires can make great planters. You can also look for free mulch or wood chips from your local landscape company or tree service.

Use Lighting to Create an Ambiance

Lighting is critical for creating an inviting outdoor space. Consider using solar lights or string lights instead of electric lights.

Add Some greenery

Adding plants is a great way to spruce up your outdoor space without spending much money. Start with perennials that are inexpensive and easy to care for. Or attend a local seed swap. You may also find plants and cuttings on re-gifting sites such as Freecycle and ask your friends, colleagues and families too. Most gardeners are very happy to share plant cuttings with you. You can also get creative with vertical gardening by planting herbs or vegetables in hanging baskets or wall planters.

Create Some Shade

Shade is essential in any outdoor space. You can install a retractable awning or add shade sails to keep costs down. In addition, you can strategically plant trees and shrubs to provide natural shade in your outdoor area.

Bring In Some Water Elements

Adding water elements like fountains or waterfalls is a great way to add interest to your outdoor area. Consider making your fountain out of rocks and plants, or look for a used fountain online. Or simply leave a shallow planter with some rocks in it – once it has filled with water, you’ll attract pollinating insects to your garden and may even see some dragonflies.