Tips for a Backyard makeover on a budget?

I have a large backyard that has never been landscaped. I am a senior on Social Security. Is there a way to "dress" up my yard with little money to work with?

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  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Jun 20, 2018
    Hi- Start with one area. Hunt for clearance shrubbery . Last year I got a few Knock out Rose bushes for $1.00 each at Lowes, at the clearance rack. Just were not in bloom, and no way to tell the color as the tags were gone. This year one azalea bush and one rhododendron for $3.00 each at clearance. I have done this for years. Just make sure you have decent soil what ever you plant. Buy bags of top soil when on sale - that will help. Sometimes local horticultural societies give away trees, especially in the spring, to do with Arbor Day.

  • Njones47 Njones47 on Jun 20, 2018
    Excellent idea! Would never have thought of that. Thank you so much.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 20, 2018
    Sometimes, if you go on or check out You can ask for plants that someone wants to share. The great thing about these 2 sites is that everything has to be free! And, they are nationwide. There should be something in your area.

  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Jun 20, 2018
    If you have a community email , request cuttings, talk to local gardners, they usually have a lot of extra plants.