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Best Solar Powered Motion Security Light

Best Solar Powered Motion Security Light

SOLAR POWERED MOTION SENSOR LIGHTS are available in a range of sizes, shapes, lumen ratings, and more. In order to know which of them are right for your needs, there are a number of things you need to take into consideration. Such as how large the area you are trying to light, how long you need the lights to stay on once they have been activated, how long you need the batteries to last.

So, let's take a good look at what you need to know if you want to avoid the mistakes I made and get the right lights the first time around.

What Advantages Are There to Using Solar Powered Motion Lights

There are several very important benefits to switching over to using solar powered motion lights, including:

  • They are very affordable
  • Readily available
  • Solar lights are very eco-friendly
  • They use LED lights for added light and low battery usage
  • They do not use any electricity
  • They are easier to install (and don't require a professional in some cases)

Man fitting wired security light to homeIn many cases, you don't require a professional to install a solar motion security light, unlike the security lights than run off of mains power.

What Should You Look for In Solar Motion Lights?


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As with most products you plan to buy for your yard, there are several things you should look for when shopping for solar powered outdoor motion sensor lights.

Their Placement

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There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solar power motion sensor light, you need to be very aware of the location you plan to put each light. The location you choose is very important to how well the light you choose is going to work. If the solar panels can't get enough sunlight, the batteries will never reach full charge and your light won't function properly.

The Weather

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While you are looking for locations, you also need to keep your local weather conditions in mind. If you live in an area where it tends to rain or snow a lot, there are a number of different solar powered lights designed to meet these challenges.

Intensity

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Next up is deciding how bright you need for the lights to be. While you might need low-level lights for along the sidewalks or on the deck. While brighter lights may be needed at the front and back doors and outside of your shed to help scare away would be thieves, along with a large selection of stray animals.

Adjustability

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Depending on location, you may need to buy lights that are adjustable as this will let you aim the lights to where the work to your best advantage. Be sure you buy lights that will let you lock them in place and stay there once you secure them.

Which Are Better LEDs or Incandescent Bulbs?

For years, there has been a myth going around that LED lights are far too expensive in consideration with their counterpart the incandescent bulb. Of course, if you are only looking at this from a short-term investment, then they might seem more expensive.

There are two very good reasons why LED lights make more sense in the long run. First, they use far less electricity than any other type of bulb currently on the market.  The saddest thing of all is that an incandescent bulb only uses 10% of the electricity it consumes to produce light, the rest is wasted as heat.

The other reason is that the typical LED bulb is expected to have a lifespan of somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000 hours. The average lifespan of an incandescent bulb is only between 4,000 and 10,0000 hours. When you look at numbers like this, the average LED bulb lasts five times longer than an incandescent bulb.

Comparing Wattage to Lumens

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While both terms are used to rate alight bulb, they have completely different meaning. Wattage is the amount of electricity or power used to illuminate the bulb. The term Lumens is used to measure the amount of light the bulb actually produces. An easy way to look at this is the more wattage, the more electricity is used, the more Lumens, the more light the bulb produces.

The Motion Sensor

The next thing on your list to consider is the range of the motion sensor. Some are variable, some have set coverage. The sensor itself is responsible for turning your light on when it senses motion. If the sensitivity is too low, the light may not turn on when needed. If you buy one with a sensor that is overly sensitive, everything that moves in your backyard is going to turn the light on at the risk of driving you and your neighbors nuts.

5 of Our Picks for the Best Solar Powered Motion Sensor Light

I know how hard it can be to buy the right solar powered motion sensor light. There are so many of them to choose from, finding the right one can be a bit overwhelming and (like me) you could end up spending a lot of money just to end up with lights that don't really get the job done. So, what I have done, is to put together a list of five of the best lights I found along with their good and bad points.

URPOWER Solar Lights 8 LED Wireless, Waterproof Motion Sensor Outdoor Light


URPOWER Solar Lights 8 Led Wireless Waterproof Motion Sensor Light

These simple to install and use solar powered lights that will last for up to 12 hours on a full charge. They are perfect for pathways, driveways, patio, your shed, even covering your vegetable garden. The sensor covers an arc of 120 degrees and a distance of up to 12 feet (3 meters). The lights are set to turn back off 30 seconds after the motion stops.

Pros Cons
Uses 8 LED for max light/max battery life Some units delivered with defects
Weatherproof Lens will yellow over time
Virtually instantaneous response to movement No documentation included

Litom Solar Lights Outdoor, Wireless 24 LED Motion Sensor Solar Lights with Wide Lighting Area

Litom Solar Lights Outdoor, Wireless 24 LED Motion Sensor Solar Lights

This solar light features 24 LED spread out to provide you with up to 270 degrees of light. The sensors have a range of between 10 and 26 feet depending on where it is located. For best results, be sure to mount the light where it will receive direct sunlight. Unlike many motion sensor lights, you can also set this one to come on in medium light or dim light sensor mode as well. Offering you more adjustability to suit your needs.

Pros Cons
Wide range of coverage – up to 270 degrees Takes a long time to fully charge
Offers three different modes of operation Has reliability issues
Has a long warranty Mode switch hard to use

Magictec 45 LED Wireless Solar Motion Security Light

Magictec 45 LED Wireless Solar Motion Security Light

For those wanting a lot of light, the 45 LEDs in this solar powered light might be just what you are looking for. It is one of the brightest lights in this category. It is IP65 weatherproof rating. It features a full-on mode, low light mode, and motion detector only model. Detection range is up to 30 feet. It will run in the full light mode for up to 8 to 10 hours. In motion sensor mode, it will stay on full brightness for 15 seconds and then turn off.

Pros Cons
IP65 double sealed, weatherproof Expensive in comparison to others
Bright No installation or operation instructions
Offers three different modes Motion sensors have problems

MicroSolar SL1 Solar Security Light

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MicroSolar – 80 LED – Waterproof Adjustable Light Fixture

This solar security light features a massive 126 LEDs producing 1000 Lumens. The light can be adjusted in two directions toprovide better coverage. The sensor is fully adjustable allowing you to choose between 3 and 600 seconds of delay time before the light comes on. The solar cell comes with a 16-foot cable that lets you install the panel virtually anywhere to catch the full sun. There is also an optional 16- extension cable for those hard to reach areas.

Pros Cons
Adjustable on two axes Some quality issues
Motion Sensor range 7 to 12 meters Water gets into the sensor
Long-life lithium battery Less than stellar customer service

Solar Lights Motion Sensor Outdoor Solar Spotlight

Hallomall Outdoor Solar Lights Motion Sensor

It just doesn't seem possible that a solar-powered light could be this bright when only rated at 800Lumenss. But thanks to special optics the light is far brighter, making it even more eco-friendly. The light can be swiveled through a full 360-degrees as can the solar panel to help you catch maximum sunlight. The light housing is IP65 weatherproof rated. The kit comes with ground stakes and wall mounts for maximum usability.

Other Options

The only other viable option is to go with a wired light that is connected to your household wiring. So with this in mind, here is a security light you might want to consider if you have 110V power out to your shed.

Hyperikon LED Security Light, Black, 30W (125W Equivalent) Outdoor Motion Sensor

Hyperikon LED Security Light

This LED floodlight offers long-life, high-performance, and low-cost operation in a very simple no-frills fixture. Manufacture Hyperikon makes use of Helios, their latest LED technology to provide true light for any circumstance. While perfect for home use, this unit meets commercial and industrial quality standards.

Pros Cons
No batteries to die in the middle of the night Will add to your electric bill
Exceptionally bright Subject to damage from water leaks
Three lights in one unit for better coverage Wall mount only

Conclusion

As you can see there are many different lights to choose from. Be sure you take into consideration your needs, the amount of space you need to light, and whether or not you need to have solar lights that cost nothing to operate or electric lights that may be brighter but cost money to keep running.

I hope that the above information helps you find the right lights for your yard and garden.

If you have enjoyed learning about solar powered motion sensor lights. If so, please let me know. If there is any other information you would like to see here, please contact me here.

Thank you for reading this guide to solar powered motion sensor lights, I hope you found it useful.

Garden Ideas

Garden Ideas – From Uncomplicated to Unique See What’s Possible in Every Garden

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THERE IS NOTHING WORSE than knowing you want a lovely garden for your family but are stuck trying to find the right garden ideas to match your dream. There are any number of ways to create a new garden,which can lead to more than a little confusion. My suggestion is to look around everywhere you go, you never know what you might happen upon that will give you the inspiration you need.

Make Your Garden Uniquely Yours...

No one ever said a garden has to be this size, that shape, or in a particular type of container. In fact,many avid gardeners will go out of their way to use unusual containers for their plants.

Others put their plants in unusual places in the house or yard. Your garden should be something that does more than feed your family or provide a place for flowers to grow, anyone can do that. It should be something that makes a statement about who you really are.

This being said, here are a few of the more creative ideas I have come across in my travels. Some are somewhat common, but you will find that one or two of these great garden ideas are truly unique. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed collecting them.

Flower Garden Ideas

Flower Garden Ideas

​Nothing is more beautiful than a huge swath of colors such as those you might see in a flower garden. Use these ideas to create your own rainbow, using a wide variety of flowers to ensure maximum color spread.

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Vertical Garden Ideas​

​Who said your gardens had to be horizontal to succeed?

When you are limited for space or simply want something a little different, why not go up instead of out. You can create a vertical garden on fencing,with pallets and window boxes. Be creative, let your mind wander, you might be surprised at the results.

Herb Garden Ideas - Freshly harvested herbs

Herb Garden Ideas

​The best way to make your favorite dishes taste amazing is to use fresh herbs.

You can plant them in containers or an open patch of garden. You can even grow them inside on the window sill in small pots or troughs. Herbs will produce all year long inside and most of the year outside. Some will even resist frost.

DIY Garden Ideas

DIY Garden Ideas

​Sure, you can run out to your local department store or discount hardware superstore and choose from an increasingly large range of garden stuff...

But, who sets out to create a garden only to have it look like everyone else's? Look around your garage, garden shed, local scrap yard, you might be surprised at what you find and how easily it can be turned into a planter, storage for tools, or just garden art

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Front Garden Ideas

Planning to brighten up the front of your home?

You will have the best house on the street with these simple but effective garden ideas. From a few well-placed flower beds, to trees, hanging baskets and just about anything you can do to add color and life to your front yard.​

Rock Garden Ideas

Rock Garden Ideas

​Not all gardens consist of just soil and plants. You can create an amazing relaxing garden using rocks ranging in size from gravel that is used to create paths through your garden to boulders.

Boulders also come in a range of sizes, use them to create your own garden landscape.

Vegetable Garden Ideas

Vegetable Garden Ideas

Whether you want to get the kids interested in eating healthy, providing ​food for yourself or you just want to know where you food is coming from, growing your own vegges is great

And all the best ideas I could find relating to growing your vegetable garden are here:

Backyard Garden Ideas

Backyard Garden Ideas

Your backyard is a place where you and your family can get away from it all...

It is also the perfect place to get serious about your garden. From vegetable and flower gardens, to gazebos and sheds, it's all here to give you and your family a place to relax, year round.

Container Garden Ideas

Container Garden Ideas

If you can't (or don't want to) dig gardens in the spot you want to grow plants, all is not lost.

People have been container gardening for centuries. You can use virtually anything that will hold soil as a planter. And all that other people are doing with their planters (including DIY stuff) is here

Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

​Even if you can't put in an herb garden outside, there is no reason you can't grow your favorites on the kitchen windowsill.

You don't have to buy fancy containers, anything will do, even a few leftover Styrofoam cups. For all the ideas and detail on what to put your herbs in and where to put them, take a look here

Desert Garden Ideas - Cactus and Gate

Desert Garden Ideas

Just because you live in the desert does not mean you can't have a garden.

What it does mean is that you have to tailor your selection of plants to suit the climate. With so many different varieties of plants available, you'll need to be creative, but the best ideas I have found are here...

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Creative Garden Ideas

​Planting vegetables, flowers, trees, and shrubs is only the beginning when it comes to gardening for many people. You might be surprised at the crazy ideas you and your family can come up with to decorate your yard and gardens.

Indoor Garden Ideas

Indoor Garden Ideas

Why not bring the outside inside by using a variety of planters, pots, and stands?

Although light can be a large factor there are other things to consider. To see what's possible, and the benefits of an indoor garden, go here:

Home Garden Ideas

Home Garden Ideas

There are not too many places where you can't get something to grow. Make use of odds spaces, create planters from things you would normally throw away, and make use of both indoor and outdoor areas all year long.​ For the best of home garden ideas, take a look here

Raised Bed Garden Ideas

Raised Bed Garden Ideas​

There are a number of reasons to build raised garden beds...

Some do it purely for aesthetics, or accessibility, while others have poor soil to work with. When built right a raised garden bed can help minimize weed growth and bring the beds up to where they are easier to work in.

Whatever your reason, you can find all kinds of ideas for raising your garden here

Create Your Own World

When you make the decision to build one or more gardens around your home, you open up an entire world of creativity.

There are no set rules for what a garden should or should not look like. Dig some of your gardens into the ground, use plenty of planters and pots, and most of all plant as many varieties of veggies, flowers, trees, and shrubs as you can. Use your garden to paint your own world, one plant at a time.

You can also share with everyone via Facebook, and Pinterest

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The 21 Most Popular Curb Appeal Ideas You Can Add to Your Home in Less than 24 Hours

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Curb appeal doesn't necessarily have to take years to take effect. You can add your own quite quickly

 

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Quick Navigation#1 – Paint#2 – Edge Your Lawn#3 – Front Light Fixture#4 – New Mailbox#5 – New Mulch#6 – Shutters#7 – Clean Exterior Walls – Power Washer or by Hand#8 – Replace a Few of Those Tile/Shingles on the Roof#9 – Highlight the Path to Your Door#10 – Make Front Door Stand Out (Say Open Me)#11 – Prune and Prune Some More#12 – Add a Door Knocker#13 – Install Window Boxes#14 – Add Arbors or Fence Panels#15 – Stonewall Border Edges#16 – Outdoor Art#17 – Upgrade Railings#18 – Create a New Planting Bed#19 – Potted Plants#20 – Install House Numbers#21 – Garden Lawn Patio Landscape Pathway DecorPulling Up to the Curb (In Summary)Related Articles:

WHEN THE TIME COMES to sell your home, there are several steps you can take to help entice buyers to stop and check it out. If you were to talk to just about any reputable realtor, one of the first things they are likely to tell you is you must make potential buyers want to see more of your home.

If the first thing they see is a run-down home or yard, most will drive on. According to the National Association of Realtors, (although we couldn't find the actual study, it's quoted in quite a few places) curb appeal sells approximately 49% of all houses.

Here are 21 of the most popular curb appeal ideas we found used by realtors and home and garden websites across the country.

 

#1 – Paint

Nothin' like a Fresh Coat of Paint

Painting a Door

Repainting your home is one of the best curb appeal ideas out there. If the paint on your home looks old or is faded, chipped, and cracked, any potential buyer is going to see a home that looks like it has not been well cared for.

Buying a few gallons of paint, rollers, and brushes doesn't cost that much, but can add tremendous value to your home. You can give the front a coat in a day. To do the whole house, depending on the size of your home, you can probably paint it in one or two days.

#2 – Edge Your Lawn

Put that Power Edger (or Spade) to Good Use

Curb appeal ideas - edge lawns

Remember that power edger you bought, you know the one that is buried out in your garden shed? This is the perfect time to drag it out and put it to work.

Nothing looks nicer that crisp clean edges along all f your sidewalks, paths, and of course don't forget your driveway. Grass that is overgrowing the edges of paths etc. make your home look unkempt, no matter what the rest of the yard looks like.

#3 – Front Light Fixture

Add a Touch of Class with a Fancy Light Fixture

Curb appeal ideas - Front light fixture

Your front door is the gateway to your home, if all you have to light the way is a boring commercial style light fixture, buyers are not likely to be impressed. This is one of the least expensive curb appeal ideas.

Check out the wide range of front light fixtures available online and in your local hardware stores. Shed a little extra light on the front door, you might be surprised at the results.

#4 – New Mailbox

Update that Old Beat-up Mailbox with Something Newer and Nicer

Curb appeal ideas - New Mailbox

While that beat up old standard mailbox might still be perfectly good and still keeps you mail dry, it sure doesn't look good from the street. It is also one of the first things potential buyers are likely to see when they pull up.

Now is the perfect time to replace it with a brand new one, leaving the old one in place could lead people to think the rest of your home matches the condition of the mailbox.

#5 – New Mulch

Give Your Gardens a Fresh New Look

Curb Appeal Ideas - New Mulch

Mulch tends to stop looking good after only a few months out in the weather. As potential buyers walk up to your door, you can bet they will be checking out the gardens. A few bags of mulch don't cost much and can be laid down in a couple of hours or so.

This is a wonderful way to make your flower gardens look spectacular and show buyers how much you care about your home and gardens.

#6 – Shutters

Shutters Make a Nice Change from Curtains

They can be used to block out the light and let in plenty of fresh air. Even more importantly, you can paint them to complement the color scheme of each room you put them in.

No one ever said windows must have curtains or that shutters belong on the outside. Interior shutters have become a very popular trend.

They can be used to block out the light and let in plenty of fresh air. Even more importantly, you can paint them to complement the color scheme of each room you put them in.

#7 – Clean Exterior Walls, Fences and Pavers

Get Rid of the Grime and Add Beauty and Value

Curb Appeal Ideas - Clean your home with a pressure washer

Over time you have probably become used to how dingy your exterior walls, fences, driveway etc. have become.

Whether you are talking about the walls of your home or those surrounding your gardens, washing them down with a power washer or even scrubbing them by hand can have a dramatic effect on the way your home looks from the street and on how fast it is likely to sell.

#8 – Replace a Few of Those Tile/Shingles on the Roof

You Don't Have to Replace the Entire Roof for Instant Curb Appeal

Curb appeal ideas - Changing Shingles

Remember that wind storm that came through your area last winter and left you with a few missing or damaged tiles or shingles?

This is the last thing a potential buyer wants to see. Replacing them is something you can do if you are familiar with working on the roof, otherwise, your best bet is to call in a professional roofer who can get the job done in a few hours.

#9 – Highlight the Path to Your Door

Add a border of shurbs or a few lights to draw visitors down the garden path

curb appeal ideas - garden path

Have you ever noticed how many creatures are attracted to lights? You can achieve a similar effect by adding a few electric or solar-powered lights along the sides of the path to your front door

Not only do they look quite chic, but they will make it much easier for buyers who come to see your home after the sun sets. This is something you can do for yourself in just a few hours, less if you install solar-powered lights.

#10 – Make Front Door Stand Out (Say Open Me)

Give Your Front Door an Upgrade

Curb appeal ideas - front door upgrade

Your front door is the gateway to your home and how it looks from the street is likely to have a huge impact. Upgrading your front door or at least refinishing it, is one of the more popular curb appeal ideas that has definitely been proven to work.

While a new door might be needed if your old is in rough condition, more often than not simply cleaning it and repainting it will have the desired effect. Just be sure to pick a color that complements but stands out from the exterior wall color.

#11 – Prune and Prune Some More

Tame those Wild Hedges and Climbing Plants

Curb appeal ideas - trimming and pruning

The walls of your home are no place for birds and other animals to nest and there is no reason why your climbing ivy or hedges should look like they are totally out of control.

Be sure to trim anything back that might obstruct windows, doors, or porches. If you have hedges around your yard or garden, be sure to trim them back and make sure the tops look nice and level for instant curb appeal.

#12 – Add a Door Knocker

Knock, Knock… It's A Potential Buyer

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Now that you have spruced up your front door or at have replaced it with a shiny new one, there is one more finishing touch missing.

Adding a nice door knocker is a great way to add a touch of class to your home's entryway. Sure, people are still going to use the doorbell, but at the same time, you can bet they will be staring at the doorknocker and wondering if it really works. What a neat way to welcome a potential buyer to your home.

#13 – Install Window Boxes

What a Gorgeous Way to Brighten Up the Exterior of Your Home

Curb appeal ideas - flower window boxes

Window planters offer you a very affordable way to add a dash of color to your home. They are easy to install and even easier to fill with soil and plant.

Depending on the variety of flowers you choose to plant, you could have blooms in less than a month and plants that will continue to flower all summer long.

#14 – Add Arbors or Fence Panels

Nothing Like Adding a Touch of Privacy to Your Home

curb appeal ideas - arbors or fence panels

Whether it's neighbors with a messy yard, businesses that can be seen from your yard, or you simply want to add a touch of privacy to your home a few inexpensive fence panels or an arbor is a great solution.

Fence panels come preassembled today so that all you have to do is install fence post in the right places and attach the panels.

#15 – Stonewall Border Edges

Your Home is Your Castle and it Needs Walls

curb appeal ideas - border edges

A good way to make your gardens look even better than they already do is to install stonewall border edges around them.

You can use real stone and set each piece yourself or you can buy faux stone wall sections that can be used to surround your gardens in a truly traditional manner.

#16 – Outdoor Art

What a Great Way to Add a Little Fun and Whimsy

curb appeal ideas - outdoor art

You have worked so hard creating a world of your own in your backyard and gardens, why not add a little life to it.

There are so many different forms of outdoor art available it will leave your head spinning. The good news is that whether you buy rock animals, resin birds, or ceramic beasts, your yard is only going to gain when it comes to curb appeal.

#17 – Upgrade Railings

Give them Something New to Hang onto

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Everyone needs a hand (rail) to hold on to, especially when going up and down the steps to what you hope is to become their new home.

If your railings are like most, they are probably showing their age by now. Rather than painting them and trying to make them look good, why not update them with something a little fancier or more up to date.

#18 – Create a New Planting Bed

A Little Dirt, a Frame, a Few Plants and Violà!

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See that expanse of boring lawn in front of your home? So do any potential buyers. This is another of the many inexpensive curb appeal ideas that you can throw together in an afternoon.

While it might not take much time to complete and plant, a planting bed like this one can add a tremendous amount of appeal and value to your home. Just be sure to add plenty of that new mulch to make your planting bed look its best.

#19 – Potted Plants

Potted Plants are not Only for Inside Your Home

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Most people tend to think of potted plants as something that belongs inside the home. While this is true and you can definitely spruce up the inside of your home with a few plants, this is not the only place for them.

There are many different plants that can be successfully grown outdoors. Put one on each side of the front door, several out on the deck or patio, and even scatter a few in strategic places around your yard for maximum effect.

#20 – Install House Numbers

Think Bigger than Just Your Mailbox

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In this day and age, most of us have our house number on our mailboxes so the post office knows where to put our bills.

The problem is that many areas group their mailboxes together, making it hard to find an address if there are no numbers on the houses. The best way to cure this problem is to put your house number on the front of your house using numbers that are large enough to be easily seen from the street.

#21 – Garden Lawn Patio Landscape Pathway Decor

Add a Touch of Flair to Your Garden Paths

Curb appeal ideas - pathway lighting

If you have taken the time to create one or more paths running through your lawn and around your gardens, why not add a few lights along them.

Adding lights is also a great way to add nighttime curb appeal to your home for those who like to go shopping for their next home in the evening or simply want to see what their next potential home looks like at night.

Pulling Up to the Curb (In Summary)

If you truly want to make the most of the curb appeal ideas, you need to take an objective look at your house as you pull up to it. Try to look at it as if you were interested in buying it for the first time.

Note anything that looks old, tired, worn out, out of place, or just not as nice as it should. These are the things you should be doing something about them. Only you can do what it takes to get the most out of your home, take the time to make it look its best.

Remember, you only get one chance to make a good first impression!

Thanks for reading, if you have any comments please use the contact form

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12 Simple Landscaping Ideas for Privacy in Your Yard

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Experience privacy in your own garden. Here are 12 simple to do ideas...

Ahhh, there is nothing quite like enjoying the privacy of your backyard, except that is for those pesky neighbors who keep staring at you. The reality is that as our population has boomed, the size of most backyards has shrunk to the point where we are all practically living on top of each other.

While a fence might work, it would need to be very tall to give you the privacy you crave. The good news is that I have put together 13 alternative landscaping ideas for privacy that will not only give you the privacy you crave but can be aesthetically pleasing as well.

The Top Landscaping Ideas for Privacy

1. Bamboo (In Pots or the Ground)

Bamboo offers privacy at a high rate of speed

Bamboo is considered to be one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Bamboo can be planted directly in the ground or in containers to match your needs. You can even buy bamboo plants that are already 10 to 30 feet tall for instant privacy.

Beyond this, even the smallest shoots can provide you with a full privacy screen within no more than a couple of years. Bear in mind there are a number of types of bamboo, be sure to match the type with the climate you live in for the best results.

One important thing to remember is that bamboo tends to spread rapidly and your neighbors may not be too thrilled if your bamboo starts to infiltrate their yard.

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Pros Cons
Rapid growth provides a fast privacy screen Rapid spread may not be good for neighbors
Relatively inexpensive Need to buy the right bamboo for your climate
Makes a good wind/nosy neighbor break Taller plants can be very expensive

2. Acmena Smithii (Neighbors – be – gone)

Many Names but a Fantastic Way to Keep the Neighbors at Bay

The Acmena Smithii is known by a number of different names, the most common of which is the “Lilly Philly”, and in New Zealand they call the “Monkey Apple.” No matter what you choose to call this plant, it can be grown as a shrub or in hedgerows.

When properly placed, the plants can reach up to 16 feet or more in height and can be up to 18-20 feet wide. During the summer months, the plants feature off-white flowers that occur in clusters and in the winter months they bear fruit. Because the foliage of the Acmena Smithii is very thick, these plants make a wonderful natural privacy screen.

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Photo: Australia Native Plants Society (Australia)

Pros

Cons

Can be pruned to shape

Fruit is edible but relatively tasteless

Able to withstand periods of drought

Attracts several varieties of moths

Several varieties that grow rapidly

Typically can grow too high to prune if not kept pruned back at a young age

3. Tiered Planting

Build your privacy one layer at a time

Although bamboo and Acmena Smithii are among the top landscaping ideas for privacy, many landscapers in the 20th Century turned to planting gardens in layers for aesthetics and for privacy.

The basic idea here is to start with a taller layer of trees and tall shrubs at the border of your property, add in medium sized shrubs and plants in the middle, and then add in dwarf shrubs and perennials in front.

The original concept behind this was to create a border that was in bloom practically all year long, but this is also a great way to add beauty and privacy to your yard.

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Photo: Nancy Andrews

Pros

Cons

Plants that bloom all year add lots of beauty

Buying so many plants can be expensive

When planting properly can create a dense privacy screen

Tends to take up a relatively large area of your yard

Trees, shrubs, and plants attract lots of wildlife

You may need to hire a professional landscaper to be sure you get the right plants

4. Fence Trellis

A Beautiful Blend of Man-Made and Natural Privacy

Trellis fences covered with any number of plants and creeping vines have long been used to add beauty and privacy to yards around the globe. The basic premise is that you first install a trellis style fence along the border of your yard and then plant some form of creeping vine plant like honeysuckle or ivy.

Over the course of time, the plants fill in the gaps in the trellis, giving you the privacy you desire. The good news is that there are literally dozens of plants you can choose from to beautify your garden.

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Photo: Pinterest

Pros

Cons

You get to choose the plants to cover the trellis

Can be expensive depending on the size and type of trellis and plants you choose

The flowers look beautiful in the spring and summer

Plants take a long time to grow and cover the trellis

You can make the trellis as short or tall as you want

Plants attract a lot of bees that may be an allergy issue

5. Lattice Screens

An Inexpensive Alternative for Your Privacy

In reality, a lattice screen is any type of fencing made of thin strips of wood that have been woven into a decorative pattern. Those that have been designed specifically to be used in landscaping for privacy tend to have openings that are 1 -1/2 inches or less, those that are intended for more decorative use may have opening as big as 3-inches or more.

You can, of course, buy pre-made lattice screens in most discount home improvement supercenters or if you feel that you have the skill and patience, you can build your own.

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Have a quick look at this video on creating a privacy wall using lattice screens and plants:

Pros

Cons

Can be built at any height

Tall fences need to be set in concrete

Does not have to be expensive

The wood will need to be resealed to prevent mold and rot

Pre-made lattice easy to find

Plants take time to grow well enough to add the privacy you desire

6. Fencing

Fence Yourself In and Your Neighbors Out

Fencing comes in an incredible range of sizes and designs, making it a great choice when looking at landscaping ideas for privacy. You can now buy privacy fencing made from wood or plastic resin in sizes ranging up to 12 feet tall or more.

There is nothing quite like a solid fence to keep your nosy neighbors at bay and finally give you and your family the privacy you truly desire and deserve. However, you should check with your local authorities to see if you need a permit to erect a fence.

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Photo: Pinterest

Pros

Cons

Solid fence panels offer exceptional privacy

Wood fence panels will rot over time

Plastic fence panels never rot

Plastic fence panels can be expensive

Hundreds of styles of fence panels to choose from

Your neighbors or HOA might object to a solid fence

7. Creepers/ Vertical Garden Beds

In Ground/Above Ground – Natural Beauty and Privacy

No one ever said you must build a long-term solid privacy fence just to be able to sunbathe privately in your backyard. You can create a vertical garden that adds plenty of privacy to your yard, even if you are renting.

There are literally dozens of plants to choose from that can be trained to grow vertically up a fence, a trellis, or in individual planters. All these plants need is something to grab onto as they climb their way up.

As long as you keep them properly watered and choose the right variety, you should have year round privacy.

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Photo: Sanjay Nursery

Take a peek at how This Old House builds a vertical garden:

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Pros

Cons

Adds a lot of beauty to your yard

Some climbing plants are invasive and may spread far more than you expect

The plants themselves are relatively inexpensive

Most climbers need a solid structure to grow on

Some plants can be grown in containers, making them a great choice for renters

Some plants can actually damage the structure they grow on

8. Raised Garden Beds

Stretch Out On Your Favorite Beach Blanket in Privacy

There is nothing worse than the feeling you are being watched when you are stretched out trying to soak up some sun. Even in you don't worry about your neighbors seeing what you are up to when walking around your backyard, there are some times when you really need a little privacy.

One great way to do this is to create a wall of raised garden beds ranging in height from just above ground level to those in the back that are tall enough to give you the privacy you need. You can even use some of the lower containers to grow fresh fruits like strawberries or vegetables.

Follow this great video on raised garden beds and privacy walls:

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Pros

Cons

Add lots of color to your yard

May take up space

Can plant various fruits and vegetables

Require regular care

Does not need to be expensive

May attract a wide range of pests and rodents

9. Sails

Instant Privacy When and Where You Need It

From nosey neighbors to peeping toms in the high rise across the way, your privacy is being slowly etched away. While a permanent privacy fence or wall might be the perfect way to keep your ground level neighbors at bay, they don't do much for keeping anyone above the second floor from sticking their nose into your business.

Privacy sails are among the newest landscaping ideas for privacy. Typically, these “sails” are offered in wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors for you to choose from. They are mounted on frames that can be moved around or come with hardware that lets you attach them to buildings, poles, or trees in your yard to block nosy neighbors and the sun.

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Pros

Cons

Complete flexibility

Should not be used in medium to high winds

Come in a wide range of sizes and colors

Limited coverage based on size

Can provide you with instant privacy

Cheaper materials tend to rot

10. Laser Cut Privacy Screens

Create Your Own Custom Privacy

When you need a small amount of privacy that can be moved to block the nosiest of neighbors, laser cut privacy screens offer the perfect solution. Picture this, you and your significant other are getting ready to slip into the hot tub for a little personal relaxation when you notice your neighbors are grilling dinner.

The worst part is that your HOA doesn't allow for any kind of fencing. A custom laser cut privacy screen can be the one thing that separates you from your neighbors and gives you the privacy you need.

The best part is that you can buy pre-designed panels or you can order custom cut panels with your own personal designs, depending on how much you want to spend.

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Photo: Home Design Directory (AUS)

Pros

Cons

Light weight small panels that are easy to move around

Prices range from relatively cheap to extremely expensive

You can have custom patterns cut into your panels

Wil not stand up well in moderate winds

Offer plenty of personal privacy no installation required

Only useable to cover small areas such as a porch or hot tub

11. Consider Curtains

Bring Inside Privacy Outside

Just as you use curtains to create privacy in your home, you can also use them to create a small private space for yourself in your backyard. This method of creating privacy is a little more involved than using a laser cut panel or privacy sail, but when done right can create a nice little corner to relax in.

All it takes is creating a wooden frame with or without a roof, create a bench or to and then hand up the curtains. One word of caution, though, if you live in areas with high winds or lots of rain or snow, you will need to take the curtains down during inclement weather.

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Pros

Cons

Can be used to create a cozy and romantic nook

Not suited for areas with high winds

Can be relatively inexpensive to build

Will need some building skills to complete

Offers a very private space on your patio or anywhere in your yard

You may need a permit depending on size and styl

12. Pergola

Moveable Privacy with Style in Your Backyard

While most people tend to think of a pergola as a small covered patio, this is only the beginning. When you take the time to add some type of curtains or roll-up bamboo shades to your pergola, you create the ultimate family get together space with plenty of privacy from peeping toms and nosey neighbors.

You can open and close the shades to suit not only the privacy you need but also to block out the sun during different times of the day. You can build your own pergola, buy a kit, or have a pre-built one delivered to your home. You can even cover your pergola with living plants for added beauty.

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Before the Curtains Close

As you can see there are a number of different landscaping ideas for privacy to choose from. Some like fences and living walls take time and effort, while privacy screens and sails are easy to set up and more portable.

For myself, I built an 8-foot-tall plastic fence on one side and then added a curtained “love nest” in one corner for my wife and I to enjoy. The one thing you must keep in mind is that you need to check building codes and permit requirements in your area before building any kind of permanent fence or structure.

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23 Landscaping Ideas for Side of House

23 Landscaping Ideas for the Side of Your House

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When you look at the side of your house are you happy with what you see?

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THE SIDE OF YOUR HOUSE can be the perfect place for smaller gardens, a nice path, a place to put out a small table and chairs to relax on during those warm spring and summer mornings.

You might be surprised at how much you can do with this small area of your yard. Here are XX great landscaping ideas for side of house for you to consider.

#1 Grow Right Up to the Side of Your House

Small garden strips can make a big difference

When you lay the paving stones for your garden path, why not leave a little room between them and the side of your house for a small garden. You can plant a few perennials along the way, add a couple of planters if you run out of usable ground and create a very inviting path that leads to the back door or garage.

#2 Create Your Own Feng Shui

Improve the flow of energy along the side of your house

The side of your home is the perfect place for this particular landscaping idea for side of house. By creating a natural stone walkway and adding in a wide selection of plants and lattice structures that literally guide you along the garden path, you can create your very own outdoor feng shui that helps to relax you from the stresses of a very busy life.

#3 Shady, Straightforward, and Functional

Angular gardens, straight lines, and shady function

Life doesn't have to be all curves and swoops, sometimes there is nothing better than good old-fashioned straight lines and thoughtfully laid out gardens. Here we see straight stone paths that lead you directly to places to sit and relax in the shade of your favorite trees.

The small inset gardens can be used to plant shrubs, small areas of grass or cover plants, or even an herb garden that will help keep your kitchen well stocked year-round.

#4 Wild and Crazy

There is nothing better than an abundance of flowers and shrubs

One of my favorite landscaping ideas for the side of a house has to be one that includes lots of flowers, flowering shrubs, and assorted plants. I like the garden path that not only runs through the middle of the gardens, but has a few age cracks in it that add plenty of character.

You can add in a section of fence with a gate to help keep the kids and dog out in the backyard and suddenly you have completely transformed the side of your home into something spectacular.

#5 Natural River Rock and Shrubs

Smooth, clean, and environmentally friendly

Not everyone wants gardens filled with plants that take a lot of water or soil that requires constant weeding and upkeep. Not only does using natural river rock in this manner help to alleviate this problem, it helps to keep water away from the foundation of your home.

The use of a few small shrubs adds a touch of color and keeps the area very environmentally friendly.

#6 Everyone Loves Curves

We all love curvy shape and this design has a lot to offer

Curves in all the right places is a good way to describe this particular landscaping idea. Not only is the path nicely curved all the way down the side of the house, but at each indented curved there is a garden full of beautiful flowers.

You could even use some of the garden space to plant your favorite herbs for use in the kitchen.  While this path is made from poured cement, you could use pavers or gravel and achieve similar results.

#7 Going Down the Garden Path

Wide gardens and a simple paver pathway

Sometimes keeping your landscaping ideas for side of house as simple as possible is the best choice. Why not add in a nice wide garden space where you can plant small trees, larger shrubs, and of course your favorite flowers.

By keeping things simple, you will find your side gardens and pathways much simpler to care for yet still incredibly beautiful and relaxing.

#8 Troughs Make Great Planters

Make your own massive planters

While livestock watering troughs are generally not meant to hold anything but water, they have many other uses. For example, if you drill a few holes in the bottom and then line the bottom with a layer of rocks, you can turn them into amazing planters that can be placed along the side of your home.

What a great place to grow edibles such as lettuce, cucumbers, your favorite herbs and more. The best part is that these gardens are close enough to the house that you can harvest what you need when you need it.

#9 Roses and a Bench to Enjoy Them

Create your own rose garden with a shady spot to enjoy them from

When the sidewalk that runs alongside the house is right up against the wall, you have to be a bit more creative in planning your landscaping.

Adding a large garden that runs all the way from the path to your fence and filling it with rose bushes, trees, and plants that scale the fence is a great way to create a little extra privacy.

Add in a bench that can be used to sit on and enjoy your garden or as a place for special potted plants lets you create your own special “Zen” nook.

#10 Ferns and Hedges

Beauty and privacy all in one go

Not everyone wants their neighbors to be able to see what they are doing in their backyard. While fences can help to keep prying eyes at bay, why not choose a more natural barrier as part of your landscaping ideas for the side of your house.

Privett hedges make a great privacy barrier and grow relatively quickly. You choose how high you want them to grow and how much privacy you want Add in a garden filled with your favorite ferns up against the side of the house and create your own special place.

#11 Raised Beds and Trellises

Overhead beauty and plenty of hanging plants

Whoever said a garden has to be flat on the ground? Raised garden beds are not only very eye-appealing they are perfect for those who don't want to or simply can't bend over to work at ground level.

Adding one or more overhead trellises to your side garden not only gives you somewhere to grow plants such as honeysuckle, that not only smell amazing all summer long, but can also be used to create a wonderful shady spot to relax in and enjoy a glass of iced tea.

#12 Pavers, flowers, and a Comfortable Place to Sit

Natural beauty and plenty of shade

 

Even when the side of your house faces a busy street, there is no reason why you can't use a few natural rock pavers to create a path past a wall hugging flower bed to spruce up the side of your home.

Use plenty of mulch to help hold in the moisture and keep the weeds at bay and choose a nice shady spot for a table and chairs to relax in or eat a freshly barbecued meal. You can even create a bit of a privacy screen with gardens between the path and the street.

#13 Grids and Trellises

Geometric patterns can look amazing

While many people tend to like a more random look for the gardens and paths that run along the side of their home, this may not be the best idea for everyone.

In this image, we see that the person has laid everything out in nearly perfect geometric patterns. Even the plants have been set in rows and in between the pavers for a more uniform look.

The trellises are loaded with creeping plants that will continue to provide shade all summer long. You can add lights to the trellis creating a unique night-time walking experience.

#14 Pavers and Planters

The perfect solution for areas that rain a lot

No one says you have to have gardens running right up against your house to be able to enjoy a taste of Mother Nature's bounty.

Why not use paving stones in your choice of colors and cement them in place to create a solid, water-resistant surface that is easy to clean and remove snow from. You can then use a series of planters to add shrubs, bushes, trees, or flowers to complete the picture.

If you choose the right plants you may be able to take them inside during the winter months.

#15 Tip Toe Through the Tulips

Why not create a side garden you can walk through

Who said you should never walk through your garden. Why not plant your garden right up against the side of your house and then add in a few cute paving stones to create a path that lets you wander among your flowers.

You can add a garden along the side of your home or any other structure such as your garage or garden shed. Adding a few planters filled with your favorite flowers at the edge is another great way to add more color.

#16 Rocks, Pavers, and Cool Fencing

Create your own natural walkway

Have you ever wanted to be able to take a walk out in the woods on a daily basis? Even if you don't live near the woods, you can create your very own nature trail along the side of your home.

As you can see, the path and surrounding gardens are made using a range of different types of rock in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Plants are added in seemingly at random and privacy fencing is used to give your side yard a more secluded feel.

#17 Living in Perfect Harmony

Geometry does have a place in your yard

Do you remember a time when you thought you would never use all of that geometry you learned in high school? Take a good look at this landscaping idea for the side of your house.

Pavers can be laid out in just about any imaginable geometric pattern to create your own type of symmetry. Plants can be added along the side in planters, hanging window boxes, or planted directly in the ground. You can add a trellis at one end as a gateway into the garden.

#18 Poetry in Motion

Symmetry can always have a home in your yard

Symmetry can be used to create true poetry in motion along the side of your house. Simple square paving stones are used to create a diamond pattern walkway that is surrounded on both sides by gardens.

What a great way to grow your favorite flowers and herbs conveniently close to your kitchen door. Allowing grass to grow between the pavers adds a nice natural touch and will also help keep them firmly fastened in place.

#19 Gravel and Green

Create your own garden path full of edibles

When you have only limited garden space to work with but a nice section of ground between your home and the fence between you and the house next door, you have the perfect place for a couple of long gardens.

You can separate them with a gravel path lined with bricks to create a nice aesthetic look. Plant the gardens with your favorite flowers or use them to grow edibles like tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, and more.

#20 Create a Peaceful Place to Relax

Pavers, plants, and a comfy chair or two

Just because your home is close to another building doesn't mean you can't still create a welcoming and relaxing place to get away from it all. Create a wandering path from the front door around the side of your house with pavers and then use every available inch of ground to fill with a wide variety of plants.

You can plant veggies, flowers, trees, and bushes to give you the peace and quiet you want along with a number of vegetables you can enjoy most of the year. Don't forget to add a pad for a chair or two so you can enjoy the fruits of your labors.

#21 Fenced in and Functional

You can create your own private world even in the city

Just because you happen to live in the city where houses are almost so close you can hear your neighbors talking in their living room doesn't mean you can't improve the side of your house.

It really doesn't take much to dig in a garden alongside the house and along the fence with a decorative walkway between them.

Mix your choice of plants between those that are planted in the ground and those that need to be in moveable planters to achieve a little added beauty in your side yard.

#22 Create an Overhead Garden

Variety is the spice of life

When it comes to landscaping ideas of the side of a house, variety is truly the spice of life. Most of us tend to think of gardening in terms of planting things that tend to remain close to ground level. While the majority of the plants you will be using to improve the look of the side of your home, why not go vertical.

 It doesn't take much to add a trellis or two with climbing vines to the mix. Not only will this add a more unique to your side garden, it can give a number of birds a place to build their nests, allowing you to watch them raise their families.

#23 Anyone for Hopscotch?

Throw your stone and take your next step

While this may not really look like the hopscotch game board we used to draw on the sidewalk when we were kids (long before the digital age), the alternating square and rectangular pavers used here definitely create a unique look. Using gravel instead of mulch helps to trap enough moisture in the ground to keep the shrubs well-watered.

This type of gardening is often referred to as xeriscaping as it requires little to no additional watering, which also helps to keep moisture away from the sides of your home.

The Last Step

As you can see the number of landscaping ideas for the side of a house is virtually limitless. In fact, the only things that are likely to limit what you do to improve the side of your home are your imagination and your budget.

The good news is that you can always do what I did and source as many materials as you can from used building supply stores such as Habitat for Humanity, your local recycling center, and the local dump (be sure you have permission to enter the dump before you go in as you could be charged with trespassing).

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Because Cheap Landscaping Edging doesn't have to look cheap...

Do you know where your gardens end and the lawn starts?

Is your garden slowly creeping further out into the grass?

MAYBE YOU'VE THOUGHT ABOUT adding edging but thought it was too expensive and/or time consuming? I used to think that way to, but after spending a long time doing my homework, I came up with these 13 great cheap landscaping ideas that are sure to help.

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No Dig Landscape Edging

Simple yet dramatic

Polypropylene edging like that shown in the picture can be an excellent way to mark the line between your gardens and the lawn. This particular type of edging has the advantage of being very flexible.

This makes it the perfect choice for gardens that do not follow "Traditional" shape. Installation is simple, all you have to do is gently tap the edging in place and then use the enclose nails to help hold its place. This kit comes with 60 feet of flexible and durable steel edging, 18 spikes, and 3 connectors.

Installation is easy and requires no digging. The steel edging lets you create curves and straight lines with ease. Unlike many traditional forms of edge that stick up, this one is designed to be installed at ground level.

ProsCons
No digging required to installDoes not come with enough spikes
Kit includes everything you will needMaterial is hard to cut
Very flexible, makes curves easilyPlastic edging can break
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Stone Wall Edging

Timeless good looks with a modern twist

Nothing looks nicer than a nice stone wall around your gardens. People have been using stones in one form or another to build walls for centuries. Of course, not all of us have the skills need to build a stone wall from scratch.

While this one might be made of plastic, it looks just like real stone and comes in sections that add up to 9.75 feet long. The tan color was chosen for its ability to blend into the scenery. You can use the sections to create straight lines or curves and they come with 9.5" long metal stakes to help keep everything in place.

ProsCons
Looks like real stoneSusceptible to damage from string trimmers
Can be used for straight lines or curvesColors fade in sun
Easy to assembleMay break during assembly
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Plastic Landscape Edging

Easy installation makes this edging a hit

This easy to install plastic edging is a great way to put the final touch on your gardens. Made from a durable green plastic, this flexible edging can be used to mark the boundary between your gardens and your lawns.

The material is tough enough to resist major damage from string trimmers. It can be used to edge gardens, patios, or lawns. Each set contains six lengths approximately 1 yard long that interlock with each other to form a solid edging.

ProsCons
Easy to installMay not be flexible when cold
Strong enough to resist damage from string trimmerMay fade over time
Green color blends inGreen color can be harder to see
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Garden Fence Edging

Affordable, classic, and classy

Give your gardens that classic look with these sections of white plastic picket fencing. In this set, you get four pieces that measure a combined 24 feet in length and are 13 inches high. The durable plastic resin material will never rust or crack. Best of all, with this type of border, you will never have to break out the paint.

It is perfect for encapsulating long straight runs or sweeping curves. Each piece has a pair of built-in spikes for easy installation.

ProsCons
Easy to installSomewhat flimsy
Won't rust or crackNot tall enough to keep even small dogs out
Never needs paintingPosts bend when installing
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Iron Fence Edging

Very pretty and practical at the same time, what a concept

When was the last time you bought any type of edging that was at the same time pretty and practical? This iron fencing can be used on curves as well as straight lines, making it easier to go around curves.

In this set, you get 6 sections that measure 18 inches long by 18 inches high and 2 sections that measure 6" by 18 inches. All pieces have been powder coated in a pewter color to give them a classic good look. The "easy-locking" ring system adds flexibility to help you go around corners.

ProsCons
Measures a full 18 inches above groundHard to install as all pieces must be lined up first
Larger pieces are quite sturdyPoor quality Styrofoam packaging materials
Metal pieces tend to stay in ground better than those made of plasticIron will eventually rust
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A Pebble Border

Pick your own pebbles

Natural stones or river rocks can be a fantastic way to add a border to your gardens. You can buy a wide range of pebbles or river rocks from your local discount hardware superstore or buy direct.

These pebbles come to you attached to a length of mesh intended to help keep them locked in place. This makes creating your border much easier than trying to do so one pebble at a time. Bear in mind that over time the pebbles may come loose and become a hazard when mowing the lawn.

ProsCons
Natural pebbles look amazingPebbles may come loose
Being attached to mesh makes installation easyLoose pebbles can be flung by lawn mower
Can also be used to create pathsOne set doesn’t cover very much
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Border Lawn Edging

Plastic logs that look realistic and make a great border

Why not add a beautiful log surround to your gardens? These logs come in sections of five equal length full round logs with two spikes to help hold them in the ground. They are a good way to keep your lawn and garden separated.

You can use them to create borders, planter boxes, and tree rings. They are flexible enough that going around in circles is easy. Each log is coated in a water-based paint to help prevent rot, pest infestation, or dry rot. Each log measures 5 inches tall by 1.25 feet long and is brown in color.

ProsCons
Real wood has a very long lifeMay rot or become infested
Flexible to go around in circlesInconsistent quality
Easy to installShort daisy-chain lengths mean you need a lot to cover a longer run
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Solar Edging

Put a little light in your yard

If you are looking for an innovative way to light up your yard, gardens, or paths at night, these solar powered interlocking panels might be just what you are looking for. Each set comes with three dozen 6-inch interlocking panels you can use to create a variety of shapes.

The solar powered panels each have an LED light that is powered by the rechargeable battery. The 36 panels can cover up to 18 feet and turn on and off automatically.

ProsCons
Easily add solar lighting to your yardDo not come with corner brackets or edging stakes needed to install them
Turn on and off automatically400 mAh batteries only last 3-4 hours
Long lasting LED lightsManual on/off switch hard to operate
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Cut Wood Edging

Do it yourself edging that looks amazing

No one ever said you have to spend a fortune, to create a border for your gardens. In fact, if you are searching for cheap landscape edging, it doesn't get much cheaper than this.

Simply take lengths of board and cut them into useable sizes like the ones in the picture. You can use flat boards, half rounds, or whole rounds and dig them into the ground to create your border. You can even use scrap lumber from other projects to save even more money.

ProsCons
Easy to work withBoards/logs must be protected to prevent rot
Very inexpensiveBoards can splinter
Can be used to create any shapeWood tends to attract pests
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Steel Edging

Create a weathered look using steel sheeting

If you plan to be creative when developing the shape of your gardens, you need a form of landscape edging that can match the shape. Steel edging such as that pictured above can be bent into virtually any shape easily.

You can choose how high the edging goes based on the sheet metal you buy. Steel tends to rust with age, an aesthetic that many people truly appreciate. However, rust also presents its own share of problems, especially if you have young children.

ProsCons
Can be bent into any shapeRust can cause tetanus if cut on the metal
Can be cheap if bought from scrapyardsRust will eventually destroy edging
Aging effects can be pleasingSheet metal like this may be hard to find
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Artificial Block Edging

More than just eye candy

While cut rock is always a nice choice when it comes to edging, it can also be quite expensive. Artificial block edging offers all of the benefits of natural rock without the cost.

These blocks are stamped and are available in a range of patterns and colors to complement your gardens. These blocks can be used to add a touch of elegance to your yard and will provide you with many years of flawless service.

ProsCons
Beauty that lasts for yearsEven though they cost less, can still be an expensive option
More affordable than natural rockBlocks are heavy
Easy to installWeeds and grass can grow under the blocks
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Simulated Stone Edging

Looks great costs less

Give your gardens and trees a natural rock look without the high cost of buying hewn blocks. These resin blocks measure 10x5x4 and weigh only one pound. You can use them as tree surrounds, in straight lines, or to create an endless variety of patterns and shapes.

This particular kit comes with 16 blocks and ground stakes. You can create a straight line run of 12 feet or a circle that measures 52 inches in diameter.

ProsCons
Only weigh one poundColors may vary with each block
Weather and UV resistantBlocks are hollow with openings on each end
Can be used in straight lines and circlesExpensive for plastic blocks
Landscaping Edging - Treated Pine Sleepers

Treated Pine Sleepers

A lifetime under the tracks retirement to your garden

If you have a large area of your garden or lawn to shore up, treated pine sleepers like these make a great choice. You can use them to create walls as well as borders.

Sleepers tend to be very strong and can last for decades without any further treatment. You can stack them, make long runs, cut them and make short runs, the choices are endless.

The one thing to keep in mind is that you should never use any type of treated lumber, especially sleepers in your vegetable garden as the chemicals used to treat them are highly toxic and will leach into your garden soil.

ProsCons
Treated sleepers will last for many yearsChemicals used to treat them are toxic
Can be cut to sizeHeavy due to treatment
Can be stacked to create support wallsCan be expensive

The End of the Edge

I hope this has given you at least some new ideas regarding the many different types of cheap landscape edging available. Bear in mind, you can use more than one style of edging or start out small and upgrade as you can afford to do so.

I use several of these in different spots around my yard. The idea was to provide you with enough information to make choosing the right one for your yard much easier.

I hope you have learned something about choosing the best cheap landscape edging for your gardens

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