Renovating Your Backyard: What To Update And What To Replace

Posted August 4, 2019 by in Home
renovating your backyard

If you’re currently looking out onto a tired and less than appealing backyard, you might be wondering what the cost of updating it would be. In order to save money, you will need to strike a balance between working with what you’ve got and replacing some of the older features.

While doing a bit of backyard DIY can certainly involve a bit of elbow grease, it’s a much cheaper way of giving your home an outdoor makeover.

Renovating Your Backyard: What To Update And What To Replace

The lawn: update

If the lawn outside is looking a bit patchy, it can be a bit disheartening to feel as if it will need to be replaced. However, having new turf put town can be incredibly expensive. Instead, go round to the spots that look a little less than healthy and take out any dead grass. Then, go around and patch them up with a seed and mulch mixture. You will need to water this regularly, or use a specialized grass fertilizer – but you will see the results in as little as two weeks.

If you want to give your lawn a much more vibrant, dense look, you can use a technique that’s known as over-seeding. This means adding more seeds to your lawn over time to give it the thick appearance of lawns found in country homes and manicured lawns. 

Dying shrubs: replace

Just like the appearance of your lawn, dying or tired shrubs can have a surprisingly significant effect on the appearance of your garden. If you have a set of shrubs that have just never taken to the soil or are withering away, it’s probably a good idea to bite the bullet and get them replaced.

With larger shrubs, you may need to take off the branches of the plant in order to make it easier to lift it out of the ground. Remember, too, to give the soil a good turnover and make sure it’s fertilized for future shrubs so that they can grow into much healthier replacements.

Feature pieces: update

There is never a wrong time to add feature pieces to your garden. Placing statues and ornaments around your garden will give it a customized appearance that is personal to you. Stone ornaments, in particular, can create a look that’s regal and classy. Hunting around garden centers for the best bargains is the best way to find some thrifty pieces.

Old shed: replace

If you’ve moved into a new home that has a shed from a previous owner, it might be a good idea to replace it. Old sheds can look tired out and dampen the appearance of your backyard. Finding a stylish contemporary replacement will look much more at home next to your home. Hunting around for a style you like and within your budget has never been easier as you can head online to research the best options. Websites like offer a variety of choices to get you thinking. 

Like many forms of renovation, achieving a backyard makeover on a budget is mostly about prioritizing your money. Spend the larger parts of your budget on visible features that will really get noticed. Otherwise, saving money by getting down to work with some DIY skills could be the best way to save some dollars.