Three Ways To Save When Redoing Your Own Landscaping

Posted on: 2 March 2017

Re-landscaping your own yard can save you a lot of money compared to hiring a professional. However, costs can still add up quickly. If you're really on a tight budget, then you'll want to apply some of these tactics to keep your landscaping costs as low as possible.

Shop for wholesale plants.

Look online for retailers who sell wholesale plants. You may have to buy them in larger quantities, but you'll get them for a lot less than you'd pay at your local garden center. Plan your landscaping around the plants that you can get inexpensively. For instance, if you can get 20 hostas at $4 a piece, then plan on using a lot of hostas in your landscape design.

You can also consider buying the bulk quantity necessary for getting the discount, and then selling what you don't need. For example, if you need to buy 10 peach trees to get them for $10 each, but you only want to plant 2 peach trees, you can then list the other eight for sale on a site like Craigslist or find a friend who wants to buy them.

Use natural stones as edging.

One of the most expensive parts of landscaping is buying all of the bricks or manufactured rocks to surround your flower beds or raised gardens. Instead of buying these items, consider using natural stones. Your landscaping will have a more rustic appeal, but you can likely obtain the stones for free. Look online for homeowners and builders who are getting rid of loose fill. Ask if you can sort through it for stones. You can also try visiting a local beach and collecting rocks that look nice.

Seed the lawn from scratch.

Buying turf for an entire lawn is expensive. Seeding the lawn and waiting for it to grow is a lot more work and requires some patience, but you'll only have to pay for a bag of grass seed. For best results, make sure the soil is loose and moist before you even scatter the grass seed. Then, apply more water once it has been scattered. Cover the area with straw, which you can purchase at most garden stores, until the grass starts germinating. Then, rake up the straw so the new grass gets enough sunlight. Make sure you water the grass daily until it does germinate and then three times a week (unless it rains) until it grows in thickly. 

For more information, contact companies like Kauai Nursery & Landscaping Inc.


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