Some people think that a well-manicured lawn and beautiful landscaping are only a reality for wealthy homeowners. There are many things that you can do on your own for very little money, which can beautifully transform the look of your landscaping.

Try sticking to native plants when you are landscaping. Make sure to look into using the shrubs, trees, and flowers that are native to your region when landscaping. Native plants are designed to withstand— even flourish— in the region’s given soil and weather conditions.

Prices of landscaping tools and materials fluctuate from one season to the other. Make sure to compare prices for the materials you need and wait for just the right moment to buy them. Buying in bulk is also a good way to save money— don’t be afraid to stock materials you know you’ll probably use later.

If you install an outside kitchen, consider using granite for most of the surfaces. While other countertop materials might not cost as much, granite allows you to place hot items on its surface without any risk of damage.

Before deciding on grass for your yard, consult a local landscaper. There are many kinds of grass seed and sod, and some even do better than others in different areas of the country. Some types of grass prefer heat, while others need a dormant cold period. If you don’t choose the appropriate variety for your yard and region, you will spend a lot more time maintaining your landscaping.