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Beautiful And Inexpensive Landscape Ideas for For Problem Areas

Beautiful And Inexpensive Landscape Ideas for For Problem Areas

There are times when we buy properties for the way the house looks. It has the right amount of bedrooms and baths or we like that it has a nice kitchen. We may be attracted to the neighborhood or other amenities.

Creek beforeSometimes, if we are just focused on the lack of vegetation around the house we may not put an offer on it.

New construction sites are usually lacking in natural plants and trees.

Usually, all landscape is scraped clean so the new home buyer will have to be creative and install trees, shrubs and flowers.

This can be quite an expense if all plants have to be purchased.

This picture is of the yard behind the house that includes a drainage pipe and creek.

The guardrail was installed after the homeowner had lived there a year.

The whole area was covered with 6 foot weeds and the dirt is clay.

Some of the steps that were used at this property:

  • The process of cleaning the steep hillside took a long time and the weeds pulled out by hand and trash bags were filled.
  • Next treated lumber was used to terrace it a bit to help in holding the dirt and provide footing when weeding or working with plants. Inexpensive rebar was used to anchor the boards in place.
  • To prevent further weeds, Preen was spread over the area.
  • Flowers like irises and day lilies can be used as perennials to help stabilize the dirt. Many plants can be donated from friends with overgrown flower beds that would love for you to dig up some and take them away.
  • Wildflower seeds that attract butterflies were spread everywhere.
    The result of hard work:

Creek Flowers













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Comment balloon 16 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • May 17 2010 12:05PM


Great turn around!  Landscaping is the first thing buyers see and as the old saying goes, "you only get 1 chance to make a first impression"!

Posted by Lexi & Jordan Ostlund (RE/MAX Professionals) almost 9 years ago

What a beautiful transformation!  And inexpensive!

What is preen?  Is that like landscape cloth?

Jen Wing

Posted by Jen Wing, Field Inspections Since 2007 (JPW Field Inspections) almost 9 years ago

Great post Lizette. What a transformation! We're working on a similar challenge with a steep hillside in our back yard.  How long was it between the "before" and "after" photos?

Posted by Darla Zimmerman-Pilant (Exit Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Lexi - How true! It always amazes me that some homeowners don't take time to keep the landscape nice.

Jen - Preen is a weedkiller that doesn't hurt flowers. 

Darla - It might take a few years to get the Iris to bloom, but the wildflowers will do well as long as morning glory seeds are not in the mix. 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 9 years ago

What a lovely transformation!

Posted by Brenda Carus (Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Lizette--What a dramatic difference! No longer an beautiful!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 9 years ago

Nice improvement. I just watched street curb appeal, some show on tv, and they fixed up several problem areas like the one in your picture, it really does a wonder for property values and the neighborhood!

Posted by Christopher Watters, Austin Realtor (512-829-8000) (Watters International Realty) almost 9 years ago
Great landscaping Lizette can make a home gorgeous!
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Hard work but well worth it.   Fabulous.

Posted by Connie King almost 9 years ago


That second photo is certainly an improvement over the first. Very nice.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Great tips lizette! 

looks like a great spot to spread flower seeds... "meadow in a can" ..

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) almost 9 years ago

With  creativity, you can find  special deals for your buyers and then help them transform it into this kind of beauty.

Nice before and afters.


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 9 years ago


Got the card today. Thanks very much.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Lizette, Good Post, Nice Before and after Pictures, Flowers are always a nice touch,


Posted by Barbara Flannery, "Homes for Everyone In London Kentucky" (USA Realty,Inc.) over 8 years ago

Thanks Lizette.   Its a lot of hard work but WELL worth it.



Posted by Lori Cofer, REALTOR, Moscow Idaho Real Estate (Beasley Realty) over 8 years ago

Lizette I can't believe the transformation.  With property planning much can be accomplished.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 8 years ago

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