The beauty of your landscaping largely determines the curb appeal of your home. In other words, it determines how welcoming your home looks from the outside. Moreover, curb appeal also affects the resale value of your home. This is exactly why it’s so important to invest time, money, and effort in your home’s landscaping. However, just because your landscaping looks like a million bucks doesn’t mean that it should cost that much. In fact, there are plenty of ways to maintain and improve your home’s landscaping without spending too much money in the process. If you’re interested, read on to discover quite a few dollar-stretching landscaping tips.
Do your homework. Mistakes can be costly. In fact, many of these mistakes won’t just cost you money, but also time and effort as well. To save you from committing any high-priced mistakes, you’ll need to do your research. Fortunately for you, we’re in the information age and all the knowledge you’ll ever need is right at your fingertips. Gardening websites, eBooks, and maybe even helpful experts on a forum or blog can be great sources of useful landscaping knowledge.
Compare shops. One landscaping shop may offer the exact same product as another, but at a wildly different cost. That’s why it’s always a good idea to compare the varying offers of different shops before settling on just one.
Split the costs. Have a friend or neighbor that also has a landscaping project? If so, you might want to split the cost of bulk orders and equipment rentals with them. You could even take things one step further by splitting shipping costs for mail-order purchases.
Consider used products. A new product isn’t necessarily a better product. There are plenty of used plants, tools, and equipment available on today’s market. More often than not, these used products will perform at more or less the same level, but may be bought at a much cheaper price.
Know your soil. Have your soil tested to learn more about it’s pH level and nutrient content. By doing so, you’ll be able to know which types of plants grow best on your property and which do not. Preferring the former and avoiding the latter will help you significantly lower your maintenance costs.
Grass clippings and fallen leaves. Don’t throw away grass clippings and fallen leaves. Instead, use them as compost or mulch to add healthy nutrients for your plants. Over time, this tip will help you save a significant amount on fertilization expenses.