You don’t have to break the bank to redo your landscape with style. With a little more sweat and strategizing, you can pull off a landscaping project easily on a lean budget. Here are six budget friendly tips to help revamp your yard from beginning to finish.
- Plan Ahead
Before you plant a single seed in your yard, come up with a plan of action. The idea of having a backyard pond surrounded by lush vegetation may appeal to you – until you research the price tag. Gardening books and websites are smart places to search for initial inspiration. Or take a stroll around your neighborhood or local botanical garden to see what other gardeners have created. Take note of what appeals to you. From there, tally up the expenses required to make that vision a reality. From there, you may have a better idea of what you can realistically afford.
- Do It Yourself (DIY)
Three words should become your motto for frugal landscaping: Do it yourself. If you aren’t prepared to get a little dirty and sweaty, you’ll have to pay the premium for professional help. There may be some jobs that are too big or complex for one person, but when you’re brainstorming goals for your landscaping project, think about what you can do alone and when you might need to call in the pros. Also, consider asking for help from friends or family who might be willing to share the workload in exchange for dinner or a favor.
- Find the Freebies
Instead of racing to the nearest home improvement store or nursery and purchasing every supply, think about free resources at your disposal. Have a friend with a green thumb? Ask for clippings of your favorite plants from his or her garden that will grow well in your yard. Know someone who works at a nursery? Find out if you can inspect the plants the nursery throws away for any salvageable ones. However, stay away from becoming a green-thumbed robber. Stealing clippings from public places such as parks or botanical gardens will often carry significant fines if caught.
- Shop Offseason
You may feel an itch to landscape once the weather turns warm, but it may be wiser for the wallet if you hold off. The prices of plants and gardening supplies fluctuate with the seasons. Since demand peaks in the spring and early summer, that’s when you’ll pay the most for popular flowers. If you wait until the end of the growing season, you can find plants on clearance that are still in healthy condition. That’s also a prime time to stock up on other supplies, including gloves, garden hoses, sprinklers, and tools since few people will be putting things in the ground once the weather cools.
- Buy in Bulk
You may plant only one or two plants in your yard, but you’ll probably need dozens of bedding plants and tons of soil and mulch. For those plants or materials that you’ll use in large quantities throughout the landscaping process, buy in bulk. Your wallet will thank you in the long run.
- Keep It Up
Whenever you start landscaping, you’re never really finished. Plants grow, die and roots dry out. For that reason, don’t waste your hard work by neglecting your newly landscaped yard. Putting those plants in the ground not only costs you money, but it also costs you time. Unless you want to do that over and over again, maintain the perfect appearance by spending time in your yard on a regular basis. Pluck some weeds from the flower beds every few days and trim the shrubs when they start to lose form.
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