Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.
There are ways, however, to save money on your yard without compromising the quality of your plants or your lawn care regimen. Here are some of my top tips for
Know what you desire.
Before you even think about buying anything for your new garden, make sure that you know what it is that you want to achieve. Do you want to create a space where people can relax? Or is there something specific that catches your eye?
Hone in on the details of your project by asking yourself these questions:
- What kind of plants do I want to grow? Do they require full sun or partial shade? How much water and fertilizer do they need?
- Are my plants annuals or perennials? Annuals are plants which are grown from seed each year, whereas perennials live for more than one season. Perennial plants will continue growing throughout the winter months if given the right conditions – including protection from frost and snow.
Do the work yourself.
If you're looking to save money on landscaping, consider doing some of the work yourself. There are many ways you can save money by learning some new skills and making a more personal connection with your yard:
- You can save money on landscaping by simply doing some of the work yourself. This is especially true if you have a small yard that doesn't require significant maintenance or if you enjoy working outside.
- If you want to save even more money on landscaping, consider hiring professional labor for certain projects or tasks (for example, installing irrigation systems). This can help keep costs down while ensuring that everything is done properly.
Build a budget.
Before you can begin saving money on landscaping, you need to create a budget. You can do this by tracking your expenses for one month or by estimating how much you spend each month. Once you have an estimate, compare it with the amount of income you have available. If there’s a gap between what you want to spend and what is realistically possible, consider adjusting your spending habits so that they more closely align with your income level.
You should also think about whether any of these changes will be difficult for you psychologically – if they will cause stress or make other aspects of life less enjoyable, then perhaps this isn’t the right time for them!
Talk to pros, but do it right.
- Ask for references.
- Get a bid, timeline and warranty.
- Request a contract with payment plan options (if needed).
- Get guarantees on materials and workmanship.
- Ask for a list of products used or available to use in your landscaping project so you can be sure they are using the best materials in their work as well as ones that meet your needs and wants for your landscaping project.
Consider the climate.
It's important to know what plants will grow in your area before you make a purchase. This can be done by researching the climate at your location, or by asking friends and family who live there.
If you know when to plant flowers, shrubs and trees, you'll save money on landscaping over time. If you wait until late winter to start planting things outside, many plants will not reach their full potential before summer comes along and heats up the ground too much for them. However, if you wait until fall or early winter—when temperatures are cooler—you'll give your newly-planted trees plenty of time to settle into their new environment before summer arrives!
You should also consider which plants need watering and which don't if you want to save money on water bills while still enjoying beautiful landscapes throughout springtime into fall season each year!
Don't waste water.
- Don’t waste water. The majority of your water usage will be on the lawn, but that doesn't mean you have to keep it green all season long. Drip irrigation systems are more efficient than sprinklers and can be customized to meet individual watering needs (and budgets). If you can't afford a whole-home system, consider installing a few drippers in specific problem areas where your lawn is suffering from dry soil.
- Use rain sensors to automatically turn off your irrigation system when rain is expected instead of having it run all day without doing any good. This will reduce your bill and help prevent problems with erosion and runoff that contribute to stormwater pollution in nearby streams or rivers.* If there's room for one more item on your property, consider making a rain bucket using a 5-gallon bucket (or similar size) with holes drilled around the bottom; this makes watering plants much easier with less risk of overwatering them.* Finally, collect rainwater when possible by installing gutters and downspouts that direct runoff away from buildings or pavement where they'll cause rapid absorption into the ground—you can even use them as part of an outdoor drinking water filter!
Fertilize less often.
As a general rule, you should fertilize your plants less often and use a more potent fertilizer.
Why? Fertilizers break down over time, so if you're only feeding once a month, it's not going to be effective for your plants' growth. Instead of watering your garden with a weak solution every other week (or whenever), boost the potency of your fertilizer by using it less frequently but in greater doses.
Buy your plants in bulk.
Buy your plants in bulk. Buying plants in bulk can save you money if you're going to be planting them all at once. It's also helpful if you're trying out a new kind of plant and want to order a few different types at once, so that you have backups if one variety doesn't work out. You can purchase many perennials (including perennials that are already blooming) online through companies like Fiskars or Burgess, which often have better prices than home improvement stores.[
Buying potted annuals is another way to save money on landscaping materials; most nursery stores sell potted annuals at discounted prices during the winter months, when they're not in bloom or actively growing. If possible, it's best to wait until after Mother's Day (or Father's Day) before purchasing any annuals for your beds and borders. This way, there will be less competition from other gardeners who might be looking for cheap blooming flowers for their front yards!
You can save money on landscaping by doing some of the work yourself and by shopping around for plants and building materials.
You can save money on landscaping by doing some of the work yourself and by shopping around for plants and building materials. For example, you might be able to save money in the long run if you're comfortable with a shovel, but if not, hire someone to dig holes for your plants instead of buying already-potted ones.
You should also consider buying your plants in bulk (as opposed to one at a time) and building on what you've got each year so that eventually your landscape will be fully mature. Another way to save money is not wasting water—you can do this by using mulch instead of grass or planting drought-resistant species that require less maintenance.
If you’re going to invest in landscaping, it’s important to do your research and put together a budget. That way, you can compare prices and make sure that you get the best deal on everything from plants to tools. You also have to consider the climate where you live because different plants thrive in different climates and they might not all be right for your garden!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2022 Shanon Sandquist