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Simple and Affordable Front Yard Landscaping: Enhance Your Curb Appeal on a Budget

By Sarah Finazzo June 5, 2023

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If you're eager to enhance the curb appeal of your home but don't want to break the bank, you've come to the right place. In this blog post we will focus on affordable ideas that can transform your front yard or up the charm on your curb appeal. Ready to get started?

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#1 // Refresh Your Front Door

A fresh coat of paint on your front door has a remarkable ability to instantly breathe new life into your home's exterior. Whether your house is showing signs of wear or you simply want to update its look, a fresh paint job can work wonders. Select a color that suits your style and complements the architectural features of your home.

The right color choice for your door can make a powerful statement, adding character and enhancing curb appeal. Bold and vibrant hues like deep blue, rich green, or warm red can make a striking impact and help your home stand out in the neighborhood. On the other hand, if you prefer a more timeless and classic look, neutral shades such as beige, or gray can lend an elegant and sophisticated touch.

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#2 // Add Window Boxes

Other front yard landscaping ideas can focus on your house themselves. For example, try adding window boxes. There are inexpensive options or this could potentially be a DIY project if you're handy!

These simple additions can transform the exterior of your home, adding a touch of beauty and charm. Window boxes provide the perfect opportunity to showcase colorful flowers, lush greenery, or even herbs.

Whether you have traditional or modern architectural styles, window boxes can be customized to suit your home's aesthetics. Just remember that window boxes do require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. This includes changing out the flowers seasonally as well as watering.

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#3 // Update Outdoor Lighting

Updating your front lighting is a transformative way to update your curb appeal. Thoughtfully chosen and well-placed lights can showcase the architectural features of your home, add a warm and inviting glow, and enhance the overall aesthetics of your front yard.

There are various types of front yard lighting that can make a significant impact. For instance, installing pathway lights along walkways or driveways can not only provide safety and guidance but look beautiful in the evening. Accent lights strategically placed to highlight trees, shrubs, or other landscape elements can add depth and drama. Wall-mounted sconces or pendant lights beside your front door can offer an inviting glow and serve as stylish focal points.

Lighting has a wide range of pricing so be sure to set a budget before you start shopping, but there are also great solar-powered or LED lights that are energy-efficient and can save costs in the long run.

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#4 // Plant a Garden Bed

Looking for a DIY front yard landscaping idea? Plant a front yard garden bed.

A garden brings life, color, and texture to your home's exterior, instantly making it more visually interesting. A well-designed front yard garden can add interest to your yard in every season. It can add depth and dimension to your property, making it stand out from neighboring houses.

A garden bed can complement the look of your home along its front foundation - or it can make a statement as a floating garden bed. You can add a garden along the sidewalk, driveway, below a mailbox or around a fabulous tree. Your options are endless and it's a great opportunity to change up your front yard landscaping and make your house a home.

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#5 // Create a Welcoming Seating Area

Creating a welcoming seating area in your front yard is a surefire way to increase your curb appeal - and can be a DIY project. By incorporating a cozy bench, a pair of Adirondack chairs, comfy outdoor furniture, or even a small dining set, you instantly create a space that exudes hospitality.

Your seating area can serve as an inviting spot for relaxation, conversation, or a cocktail hour. A well-designed seating area can become a focal point, drawing attention and admiration from visitors and passersby.

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#6 // Incorporate a Statement Tree

Having a front yard tree creates a sense of maturity and permanence, making your home appear more established and inviting. The height, shape, and foliage of a tree can provide an appealing contrast to the surrounding landscape, adding visual interest and depth to your front yard.

And not to be overlooked, mature trees offer shade and a great spot to relax during hot summer months. Trees can be expensive, but if you are observing tight budget, a young tree or sapling can be much more cost effective and just takes a little patience!

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#7 // Trim and Shape Shrubs

Well-maintained shrubs present a neat and tidy appearance, giving your front yard a polished and cared-for look. By removing overgrown or unruly branches, you create clean lines and defined shapes that are welcoming. Shapely shrubs contribute to a sense of order and symmetry, which can be particularly pleasing to the eye.

Moreover, regular trimming ensures that your shrubs maintain their intended size and form, preventing them from encroaching on pathways, windows, or other structures. Well maintained plants will keep you from needing more extensive costly yard clean ups in the future.

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#8 // Edge Your Lawn

Garden edging means creating a defined boundary or separation between the garden bed and grass (or another element, such as gravel or turf). It involves a barrier line, which can be physical such as corten steel, a row of bricks, rubber, or can even be just a clean cut line delineating distinction between different elements.

The purpose of garden edging is both functional and aesthetic. Functionally, it can help prevent the spreading of grass or weeds into flower beds or other designated areas, providing a clear separation that makes maintenance easier. Aesthetically, garden edging enhances the visual appeal of the landscape by adding structure, organization, and a polished finish.

Aa crisp edge is a simple front yard landscaping trick, but don't ever underestimate the difference it can make to your front yard landscaping. Our favorite look is generally just a clean cut line between the garden bed and grass, which is very budget friendly and only requires a straight edge shovel!

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#9 // Clean Exterior Surfaces

Pressure washing or deep cleaning your driveway, siding, or walkways can make a huge different in the overall look of your front yard. Over time, outdoor surfaces accumulate dirt, grime, algae, and stains, which can make your property look dull and neglected.

Pressure washing utilizes a high-powered stream of water to remove these unsightly substances, revealing the clean and vibrant surfaces beneath. You can rent a power washer at your local garden center or hardware store - or better yet, see if a friend has one you can borrow.

Just remember to gently test surfaces at first to ensure you don't wash off your paint altogether!

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#10 // Upgrade House Numbers

In the market for easy DIY projects? How about simply updating your house numbers? House numbers are often ignored, but when done right they can be a focal point of your front yard or be a great part of the decor. Replace old, worn-out house numbers with new ones that are stylish and easy to read.

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#11 // Maintain a Healthy Lawn

A well-manicured front yard and lawn instantly enhances the overall appearance of your home's exterior. In general a nice lawn showcases your commitment to maintaining your outdoor space and gives the impression of a well-cared-for property. Whether this is maintaining your grass, up keeping your artificial turf, or sweeping a gravel path in place - it makes a big difference.

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#12 // Add Potted Plants

There are so many fun ways to use potted plants to add curb appeal to your yard or entry.

You can create a welcoming entryway with a pair of matching planting pots on either side of your front door or entrance, adding a symmetrical and inviting touch. You can layer containers at varying heights on your front porch or stoop staircase. You can frame a front yard seating nook with some festive containers.

Switch out your potted plants seasonally to reflect the changing colors and themes. Incorporate seasonal flowers or foliage to keep your curb appeal fresh throughout the year.

There is a large range of prices for plant pots so do some digging to find the best options for the look you want and your budget. Also remember pots are a longterm investment that you will be able to use for years to come, with just the cost of changing out the flowers.

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#13 // Invest in Perennial Plants

Unlike annual plants that need to be replanted every year, perennials come back year after year, establishing strong root systems and continuing to grow and bloom. This means that you don't have to spend money on purchasing new plants every season, ultimately saving you money in the long run.

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#14 // Update Your Walkway

If you are looking to add curb appeal, make sure your front walkway is in shape. The front walkway serves as the main pathway that leads visitors to your home, making it an important element of the overall first impression.

Cracked, uneven, or damaged walkways not only detract from the visual appeal of your home but also pose safety hazards. Regular cleaning, repairing any damages, and ensuring proper lighting along the walkway is a great way to stay on top of your front yard appearance.

Updating your walkway can get costly, but there are many ideas on a budget you can incorporate. If you are starting from scratch a mulch or gravel path is very affordable, however is not as foot traffic friendly. A stepping stone walkway can be a great option and evoke a great cottage garden feel. Pavers or bricks can be more expensive, but worth the investment because they will hold up great for years to come.

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#15 // Update Your Paint

Perhaps its painting your traditional white picket fence, shutters, your porch or front door - a fresh coat of paint, while not a landscaping idea can do wonders to sprucing up your curb appeal. Go bold with your color choice or stay more neutral, the decision is up to you! There are also some fun apps out there now that will allow you to play around with your paint choice color before you commit with a roller.

Remember, enhancing your curb appeal doesn't have to be expensive. By implementing these affordable home & landscaping ideas, you can transform your front yard into a visually appealing space that leaves a lasting impression on visitors and passersby.

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To start our process you’ll fill out a questionnaire about your property that helps our design team understand your goals, needs and existing landscape. You can add 3d renders, lighting plans or side yards to your design package. You’ll then meet with your designer on a video call, show them your space and discuss your priorities. Tilly also offers individual DIY projects, including a DIY Garden Bed if you aren’t ready to tackle your entire yard. 

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