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Home builders know the problem: The home can just be financed and the garden is only a minor matter. After moving in, the green around the house usually has no more euros left over. But even with a tight budget, you can make a lot of your fallow land. First draw up your dream garden. Afterwards, check with each individual garden area how the ideas can be implemented inexpensively.
Paved areas are the biggest cost factor. Therefore, consider whether a completely paved area is really necessary. Cheap alternatives are water-permeable coverings made of gravel or grit. If the area is not traveled by car, it is sufficient if you remove the soil about 10 centimeters deep and compact well with a vibrating plate. Then lay out a plastic fleece and apply the gravel to it. The fleece is permeable to water, but prevents the gravel from mixing with the subfloor.
As a garage access sufficient lanes of concrete slabs. For this, you should provide a 15-20 cm thick foundation of gravel, because otherwise the plates sink into the ground over time. For garden paths even simpler construction methods are possible: wood chippings or bark mulch are well suited as a surface for paths that are not constantly entered. As the organic material rots over time, it has to be replenished every year. A border of stone is recommended as well as in gravel paths, so the bed and path are clearly defined.
Patience pays off
For the plants: If you have patience, you can save a lot of money. A hedge made of hornbeam or red beech seedlings needs longer than ready-made hedge plants to perfect privacy, but it is considerably cheaper to buy.
Privet hedges and flowering shrubs such as forsythia, weigela, ornamental currant and scented jasmine are even available at no cost if you use them from woodpile: Simply cut off pencil-long shoots in early spring and stick them into the ground. Larkspur, Funkien and other noble perennial species are quite expensive to buy. Since most species need to be shared regularly, ask friends, neighbors, or relatives if one or the other plant will fall for you.
When planning the bed design, plan generous distances between the plants. After only a few years, you can share almost every shrub, so that even large beds will soon be full.
Inexpensive miniature garden with charm
A green kingdom for thrifty gardeners
Our design example shows a small garden (7 x 14 meters), which can be implemented very inexpensively.
Privet hedges serve as an enclosure 1 as well as fencing and trellis of wickerwork 2. The privet is not expensive because it grows quickly and can be easily pulled out of woodpile. From wicker or hazelnut rods, you can craft rustic fences and trellis with a little manual skill. The rods are usually free, if you are ready to participate in a pollard cutting action - just ask the local conservation authority.
Also a small arbor, sprinkled with climbing plants 3 you can build yourself from thin spruce trunks. Other seating is concrete bricks 4, which at the same time serve as a retaining wall, and wooden blocks made of tree trunks 5. Simple stair structures 6 compensate for the difference in height between sunken terrace and garden. The garden paths 7 consist of individual concrete slabs and gravel, the small space in front of the arbor 8 is covered with wood chop.
The terrace covering 9 is a patchwork of clinker, concrete and natural stone - it is lively and inexpensive, as the companies often leave their remaining quantities on request cheap. In addition, you can use used stones - even old washed concrete slabs look good, if you install them with the bottom up. A small foil pond 10 - without fish, special edging and elaborate technology - relax the garden design.
Attractive bushes 11 like rock pear, forsythia and elderberry cost in the size 60-100 centimeters no fortune. A house tree 12 There's even no charge: just dig in a thick willow branch. The result is a head willow, which spreads the natural flair of the pond.
The perennial beds 13 You can make attractive with Astilbe, lady's mantle, thimble and other cheap perennials. It is even cheaper to ask the nice neighbor for offshoots. Even wildflowers 14 are not only suitable for the meadow: You can use it to design flowerbeds at low cost.
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Summer flowers: Snapdragons, marigolds, zinnias and many other one-year-old summer flowers can be sowed directly in the bed during spring. By summer it will be a colorful flowerbed for little money
Garden paths: Gravel or gravel roads are a low-priced form of pathway design. Also conceivable is a covering made of bark mulch or even cheaper chopped wood. In order to keep the path clean, an edging is recommended
Fences: A Staketenzaun from untreated chestnut corners is inexpensive, durable and fits well with its rustic charm to country house garden. The chestnut fences are usually held together with two to three horizontal, galvanized metal wires and offered in different heights as rolls
hedges: Although a hedge of hornbeam or beech seedlings needs a few more years to reach their final size, it is a cost-effective alternative to ready-made hedge plants. In addition, seedlings tend to grow safer than larger plants. Important: When planting the hedge, cut the plants back vigorously so that they branch out well
Paved areas: An inexpensive variant are coverings from used bricks or concrete slabs. You can buy bricks relatively cheaply as demolition material. Tip: Fragments of washed concrete slabs can simply be laid with the underside facing upwards in the rustic Polgonal bandage
Flower Meadow: With seeds for wildflower meadows, larger areas can be planted quickly and cheaply. You can also use the seed to plant flowerbeds
House Trees: The bluebell tree (Paulownia) is the ideal house tree in the winegrowing climate. Since it grows quickly, it does not cost much and can also be well propagated by means of woodpile. In the colder climates the flower buds freeze occasionally
Race: A lawn is the cheapest form of surface greening. But do not save on the wrong end: quality blends of the well-known brand manufacturers form a denser sward and grow more slowly than, for example, cheap blends such as "Berliner Tiergarten"
Flowering shrubs: The scented jasmine (Philadelphus) and many other flowering shrubs are available for free: In the spring, put a pencil-long piece of the annual branch (twigs) in two-thirds into the ground. Within two years, a 60 centimeter tall shrub will emerge