10 Ways to Landscape Without Planting Something
Don't have a green thumb? Here are some great landscaping options that don't require planting.
Create a dynamic look around any existing lawn or garden feature with some landscape edging. You can go with a patio paver/stone or maybe brick to add a nice border.
Construction Pro Tips
A DIY retaining wall is a fantastic way to add character and dimension to a sloped yard. Retaining walls take ample planning and strong landscaping knowledge, so be sure of your DIY skills if you plan on building one. A poorly-reinforced wall won’t hold up for long.
Break up the yard with some simple stepping stones. You can add them in the front or back yard.
Don’t want to nurture plants and shrubs? Well, a rock garden is a great alternative and requires a fraction of the maintenance.
You can DIY a water feature or go the simpler route of purchasing one. Both are good options.
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A DIY rain barrel costs less than $100 and works just as well as any barrel you can buy. But first, determine if collecting rain water is illegal in your state. Planning to buy one? Here’s a list of our favorite decorative rain barrels.
Create an Outdoor Living Space
If you’re more of a kick-back-and-relax type, consider building or hiring someone to build your dream outdoor living space. Whether you prefer an outdoor kitchen, a dining area or maybe a bar to entertain, there are plenty of options.
Low-Maintenance Ground Covers
Sand, gravel, mulch and bark are all low-maintenance alternatives to grass. Plus, they can add a pop of color to break up the landscape.
Consider adding tiki torches or other outdoor lighting to your backyard oasis.
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Tired of mowing a lawn? Artificial grass or turf might be a good option for you.