Installing and maintaining a landscape around your home can be an expensive endeavor. Even the perfect landscape can become more of a hassle than pleasure when it costs more than you can afford to install and maintain.
With these helpful tips, you can save money on landscaping without sacrificing quality or aesthetics.
Plan before you spend.
Plan before you buy it. Without a plan, you may end up buying something you don’t need and wasting your money.
Draw a rough sketch of the landscaping design first. Next, find out the specific work you need to do to make it happen. If you need advice, there are plenty of websites where you can get ideas on how to design your project. Some boutiques and architectural firms have experts who can give you advice.
Once you’ve done your homework and have a clear idea of what you need, you can start spending your money without worrying about wasting it.
Shop on stage.
The written plan should include a schedule of when you will install each piece of landscape. Most people can’t make all the changes at once. With a step-by-step landscaping plan, you can buy what you need, when you need it, as long as you have the money to do so. This step-by-step financing allows you to avoid the interest and fees that come with building loans and credit cards.
Don’t sacrifice quality.
It’s important to remember that cheaper isn’t always better. If the quality is similar, buying a cheaper item is the best solution. However, local stores are often run by experienced professionals who will be happy to impart their wisdom for free if you have any questions about your shopping experience. For example, a specialty store may be able to give you more information about installing a water feature. If you don’t have experience with landscaping, paying a little extra for better service and experienced help and advice can save you money in the long run.
Inspect your plants carefully.
If you shop at a big box store, be sure to thoroughly inspect your plants for disease and insect problems. At these stores, nurseries rarely take care of their plants. If you buy a plant that gets a disease and dies, you’ll have to buy it again, and that money will be lost. Besides, diseases and insects can spread to the rest of your landscape. Many nurseries offer free plant warranties and guarantees.
Buy when prices are low.
If you plan your land use ahead of time, you can specify when each stage must be completed. You can buy wood during the winter months when it is cheaper and store it until it is ready for use. Buy trees, shrubs, perennials, bedding material, and soil at the end of the season when prices are lower. In most places, you can wait until October to make maintenance purchases and still have time to winterize your landscape. Note that plants are sold at local nurseries. This way you can find high-quality plants at low prices.
Track down additional resources
Explore another resource. This store isn’t the only place you can buy what you need. You can order from our catalog or online. As a member of the Garden and Seed Club, you can get helpful advice on many topics at very competitive prices.
You can arrange a plant exchange in your neighborhood. Some municipalities offer bedding and compost cheaply or for free, or you can check out stone and bricks for free at building and demolition sites.
Cost-sharing in neighboring areas
Discuss with your neighbors how you can share the cost. By pooling your resources, you can get all the benefits of a great deal on items you buy in bulk. You can also share the cost of renting chippers, rototillers, aerators, and other machines. If everyone pays a few dollars each, you can arrange for all your neighbors to use the equipment before you return it. This can save you money on zoning costs.
If you follow these money-saving tips, you can cut costs and create a beautiful landscape that you can afford to maintain.