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32 Cheap And Easy Backyard Ideas That Are Borderline Genius

Can't afford that dream deck or in-ground pool you're dying for? There are still ways to get a beautiful backyard that's perfect for entertaining.

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8. Plant some ornamental Kochia Scoparia grass.

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It's a a hardy and drought-tolerant foliage plant that germinates super fast. They start out green but turn a pretty red color once it starts to get colder.

13. Opt for a splash pad instead of a pool.

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They start at about $2-3k, which isn't exactly cheap, but they are significantly cheaper than a pool. And safer, too, because there's less risk of drowning.

16. Plant lemongrass as a natural way to keep mosquitoes away.

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Buy a mature plant from an Asian market or grocery store. When you get it home, trim the tops of the plant and remove any dead parts. Plant it in a clear jar of water and place on a sunny windowsill. Within a few weeks, it will develop roots and can be transplanted to your garden.

27. Sugar water or apple juice in a milk jug will trap bees, wasps, and hornets.

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There are plenty of reasons NOT to kill these creatures, but if someone's allergic to stings or you need a way to deal with them without using chemicals, here's an easy method. Fill with sweet sugar water and cut a small slit into the side. They won't be able to escape.

28. Epsom salts make the best and easiest fertilizer.

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It's considered the secret to a lovely, lush garden. For potted plants, dissolve 2 tablespoons of epsom salts per gallon of water, and substitute this solution for normal watering at least once a month. Or sprinkle it into the soil before planting seeds.

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