Two are open to the public and the third sells flowers to the big box stores.
As a kid my time was spent sitting inside a greenhouse doing homework and listening to music while my parents worked. To say I know my way around a flower is a bit of an understatement.
But what really interests me, more than flowers, is landscaping.
I love looking at beautifully landscaped homes and even more than that, I love getting my hands dirty.
Here are six tips that can help you save on landscaping costs.
Know Exactly What You Want
Before you even start landscaping you need to know exactly what you want. Are you just wanting to add flowers around your house? Do you want to tackle the exterior of your home, add a patio, or a deck?
Map out a plan of exactly what you want your landscape to look like and assign yourself a budget.
You may not be able to do everything at once but once you’ve figured out how much money you can spend you can start taking on one job at a time.
If you’re not sure what you want I’d recommend browsing through Pinterest or checking out DIY blogs for inspiration. (A couple of my favorites are YoungHoueLove and BowerPower.)
Don’t Buy Everything At Once
My guess is that you’re not made of money (and neither am I.) Landscaping can be super expensive. And if you want your home to look nice you need to go project by project.
Don’t expect to get everything done in one summer – because that’s probably not going to happen. (Unless you take out debt which I definitely don’t recommend.)
Remember, DIYing whether it be the interior or the exterior of your home is a journey. And you never know how your style is going to evolve year to year.
Know When to Splurge and When to Save
There are some things that are definitely worth splurging on. These can be things like quality material for a patio, trees, and even some types of flowers.
Then there are other things you should definitely try to save on. For instance you can often find used pavers, outdoor furniture, shutters, and more on sites like Facebook Yard Sales, Freecycle, and Craigslist.
Keep your eye out for bargains but make sure you’re getting quality materials that are going to last.
Buy in the Off Season
We’ve already covered the fact that you shouldn’t expect to give your yard a complete overhaul in one summer. It’s not going to happen.
Instead look at the big picture and buy your materials in the off season.
You can get deals on flowers, shrubs, and trees during the end of the season. You can also score deals on lumber and other outdoor material during the winter.
Be Cautious of Ordering Plants Online
A few years back I made the mistake of ordering Bradford Pear trees online. I thought I was getting a decent deal and in the pictures the trees looked beautiful.
When my order came in I was blown away. My trees were sticks. Literally – sticks. They were about a foot and a half tall and only had a few little roots on each of them.
My neighbors sat and laughed as I planted my new
sticks Bradford Pear trees in my front yard. Needless to say they didn’t last.
I would only order plants from a catalog or online source if you have a recommendation from a friend or family member.
Be wary. Those good deals you think you’ve discovered probably aren’t that great after all.
Do It Yourself (And Know When Not To)
Seriously, what is more rewarding than tackling a project yourself?
There are some aspects of landscaping, like planting flowers and mulching, that are super simple to do yourself. With a quick internet search you’ll know exactly how to plant your flowers or shrubs of choice and how to care for them too.
More labor intensive projects like building decks, laying pavers, or painting your front door or siding are a bit challenging. These are definitely all projects you can tackle yourself but since we all have different capabilities in some instances it’s definitely better to outsource these jobs.
Landscaping is a Process
If you want your project to end up looking great you need to take your time. If you rush and half do each project you’re going to be disappointed with results.
Save yourself and your wallet some heartache by going one project at a time. You’ll eventually wind up with the yard of your dreams!
What are your tips to save on landscaping?