What’s the cheapest way to to fix the front yard?


I have a big front yard about 2500 square feet. Right now is dirt and has two nice trees, but I would like to do something to make it look better/appealing without spending too much money. So far we took out all the weeds and raked the front yard.


q what s the cheapest way to to fix the front yard
q what s the cheapest way to to fix the front yard
  6 answers
  • Maggie Maggie on May 10, 2019

    Take the fence down

    • Maria Maria on May 10, 2019

      No, it gives some privacy and I can plant something to grow through the fence thanks

  • Beth Beth on May 10, 2019

    In order of cost:

    grass seed (takes time, effort and water, but will work)

    mulch ( must be 4-5” thick to work)

    sod (instant lawn but will have to be babied for all summer)

    shrubs, flowers, mulch and sod. The Cadillac of renos. Will cost about $7,000 to $10,000

    • Maria Maria on May 10, 2019

      it Is such a big area...and it will cost too much, I have only $500-$1000 to do something...so I will start small thanks

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 10, 2019

    What do you think you want in the front yard? Grass, flower beds, what would you envision? You could cover with mulch, grow grass, whatever would help you have a better looking yard. You can do it in sections and finish it over time according to your budget. You could decide on if you want flower beds and where and what shape you want first, go from there and start small, finishing one area first, then going to another. It may take time, but you will be able to make changes as you go as your vision changes on the area and what you want. Map out the yard first for the look you want, then go from there, having a general idea of what you want is first and foremost. I would start by the house first and work outward from there.

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 10, 2019

      Your very welcome, I have done many things that way, it also gives you the opportunity to change things along the way, adding or subtracting by how the finished parts look. Good luck, and have fun planning your new yard, Maria!

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 10, 2019

    you can bulk grass seed low cost many places as well as flower seeds,also look in local papers,websites for people giving away plants & seed exchanges,community gardens. it doesn't have to cost anywhere near 7-10 grand to make your yard nice. do as Nancy says a little at a time and in just a year or two for the 1000.00 you have you'll have a beautiful yard.heck where do you live I have tons of flowers seeds I'll send you some.you can even start checking garage sales and Craigs list for free yard plants,landscaping materials like gravel or mulch,patio pavers,landscape rock,organic compost. Just depends how much work you are ready to do & what you want it to look like. Just make sure you get good tools better to spend extra on good high quality that will out preform & last than replacing cheap ones over and over & take care of them.....NEEDS---wheelbarrow,sharp strong pointed shovel,scoop shovel,solid hard tined rake,8"shrub rake w/54"handle,lrg.metal leaf rake,ratcheting pruners & loppers,18" curved pruning saw(not folding) , Jameson 16' extending handpole saw(can't be without) and good mower when time comes to mow grass(seed is around 2"-3")Compost bin #1 garden /yard essential. I think adding flowers of all kinds Perennials,Annuals,Bulbs,Tubers,Biennials,Herbs,even some veggies would be so beautiful it will draw Bees,Butterflies,Hummingbirds,Moths all kinds of bugs/creatures so garden will become self sustaining with year round color.you don't need to remove a bunch of grass to start making garden beds doing small sections at a time.mostly don't make it a chore it should be labor of love so you want to do it and see beautiful end results,just nothing like getting your hands in the dirt.

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    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 11, 2019

      I live in AZ low desert and have numerous gardens & grow pretty much everything unless it needs deep freezing temps to grow. There are many native plants that would be lower maintenace for you,give you all the flowers you want year round and give back to nature by providing the local animals,bugs,birds with food & more. people give away plants too on Craigslist,try local seed exchanges join NEXTDOOR.com in your area

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Dec 17, 2020

    Our front yard is sloped and we have a couple of terraces with rocks and drought tolerant plants and drip irrigation. Our eastern WA climate is a "steppe" climate with about 7" of rain a year. Frankly my goal in this new house was minimal yard work required.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 06, 2021

    Hello. A lot could depend upon your budget and what you’d like to achieve. Sometimes some window planter boxes or planters outside your door have it at a lot to curb appeal.

    To suit large landscaping needs to your geographical area for the best local professional advice I would highly suggest contacting your cooperative extension. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal.They would have information about the best grass varieties suited to your location as well as plants and shrubs.

    If your office is closed....( ours is open) there might be alternative online venues like Ask an Expert as well as emailing your local master gardeners extension office for their guidance.... in a non contact manner.

    Most plants success depend on their hardness to geographic planting zones. presenting weather conditions and local soil and sunlight exposure.

    Your local experts should have the ideal suggestions for your need.