3 Low-Cost, Late Summer Landscaping Ideas

With just a few short weeks of summer remaining, why not make the most out of your yard? Add these low-cost, late summer landscaping ideas to your renovations checklist to boost your home’s curb appeal heading into fall — and to satisfy your love of a good DIY project!

Plant Late Summer Blooms

Planting flowers is an affordable way to add spring curb appeal, but come August, your garden may be looking a bit dull and stringy. With fall just around the bend, now is the time to think about adding some late summer color to your back porch container garden or front yard planting beds. Take this list with you when shopping at your local garden center for affordable flowers that will stay vibrant throughout the coming months:

  • Aster
  • Autumn Joy Sedum
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Coral Bells
  • Helenium
  • Pansy
  • Snapdragon
  • Strawflowers
  • Sweet Autumn Clematis

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Edge Your Beds

Speaking of planting beds, why not spruce things up with a creative DIY border that keeps your yard looking tidy? A quick search online will offer a wealth of ideas using inexpensive materials like stone, brick, repurposed pallet wood, and even recycled wine bottles! With a little imagination and elbow grease, the low-cost possibilities are nearly endless. Fill in your newly edged beds with a fresh layer of mulch, and you will greatly improve the look of your late summer landscaping without breaking the bank. Check that off your renovation project plan!

Hide Those Eyesores

If you’re an avid do-it-yourselfer, consider building a screen to hide and house those unsightly but necessary items that detract from your curb appeal, like your garden hose or AC unit. These projects may not be on your renovations checklist, but they should be! Best of all, you can knock them out in virtually no time (and for mere pennies), so you can get back to enjoying your summer and fall in the great outdoors.

For more low-cost, do-it-yourself ideas, check out our recent blog, DIY Backyard Inspiration On A Budget. From building your own Adirondack chairs and budget-friendly flowerpots, to affordably tiling a boring concrete slab on the back patio, The RTA Store is here for home inspiration and to help you with your renovation project plan!


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