Saving money during any landscaping project is not an impossible task. First, you need to embark on proper research. Talk with the local horticulturalists and ask them for ideas. Do not ignore the importance of spending time consulting with extension agents and asking them for advice. Gardening websites and books or magazines contain vital information that would be very helpful in this regard. At times, it might be important to go with your gut feelings or instincts. Some landscapers might be motivated to offer advice based on what the client has paid. For that reason, in such scenarios, going with gut feelings would always prove beneficial.
Do a Comparison Study…
Learn to do a bit of comparison. Compare the prices that different landscaping experts or specialists charge for their services. Never engage in impulse buying. Learn to operate with a budget. Before buying any plant, prepare a spot where it shall grow. Otherwise, if you purchase the plant on impulse, make to watch it die while hesitating to identify the perfect spot. To save money, learn to talk with neighbors and friends about the possibility of buying plants jointly and in bulk. This way, everybody can save money by splitting the costs of buying the plants, seeds, fertilizers and tools or equipment.
There is nothing wrong with buying used items. If the items would make a positive contribution in landscaping, do not hesitate to buy them. If the items are in a relatively good condition and would not require a hefty financial investment to repair or replace some parts, do not hesitate to pay what it takes to acquire it. Overplanting is a sin. Do not forget to plant with an image of the size that each plant would reach maturity. By overplanting, some of the plants would never mature, and the lawn or garden would be nothing other than a massive mess. Overplanting means setting aside some money to move a few of the plants to a better location to create space.
At times, it is a better idea for the property owner to embark on DIY landscaping. Hiring a professional gardener or landscaper, all the time might not be viable. Therefore, learn to find inspiration by reading magazines, newspapers, and books. Watch programs on television and find ideas to introduce into the garden. Test the soil before planting anything on it. Testing the soil helps choose the right plant and additives, thus preventing loss of money. Pay heed to the soil’s pH level. The soil should never be excessively acidic or too alkaline oriented. Add manure when and where appropriate.
In the end…
Lastly, learn how to stop weeds from growing and thriving in the garden. Learn to make your compost. Learn the importance of picking the right kind of grass. Do not forget to feed the lawn appropriately and sensibly. If the grass is not prone to thatch, consider leaving grass clippings on it to avoid paying more to buy fertilizers. Planting grass saves more money than sodding. Sodding the front and seeding the back creates a contrast when landscaping.