Landscaping can become a big expense for homeowners. With the recent economic downturn, homeowners need all the help they can get to lower costs and stay on budget.
Here are some money-saving landscaping tips
Avoid Wasting Money
If you ever tackled a home improvement project, you know that the budget always expands as unexpected issues arise. A lack of planning can result in an identical scenario with your landscape design. Sketch your landscape design with as much detail as possible. Label exactly what you will need down to the last wire and screw. This step may take you a little time but it will save you money and stress in the long run.
Part of the planning process is to ensure your design is cohesive with your yard and no unexpected events occur. Though you may not have the budget to hire a landscape designer for the whole project, it may be in your best interest to consult with one on an hourly basis. Just a few hours talking to a professional and going over your design plans can signal you to potential pitfalls that could cost you more money down the road. Before you consult with a professional, make sure you have your landscape plan already in place.
One Step at a Time
Once you devise a budget, you may discover that you do not have the money to complete the entire project. Instead of settling for lower quality plants and materials, divide the project into phases and complete it over time. In the end, you will be happier that you did not use cheaper materials even though the landscape took you a long time to complete.
You can find low-cost plants and materials at home improvement stores. These locations offer the basics in terms of what you will need to start your design such as mulch, annuals, pavers, and common tools. For more specialized plants, consider a local specialty store. There you will find more knowledgeable salespeople who will know exactly what you are looking for and lead you in the right direction.
You can snag some online discounts by searching the web. Research coupons by performing a search for the store name along with the word “discount code” or “coupon code”. A number of sites will come up with links to special savings. Compare prices and don’t forget to include shipping in your budget.
Check with your city about any initiatives that provide residents with free mulch. Also, arboretums or related public places may hold plant sales.
Are you friendly with your neighbor? Ask to borrow some tools and share the costs. If any of the neighbors are in the midst of a landscaping design, consider sharing the costs of expensive equipment. It’s a win-win for all parties involved.
Landscape design doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little ingenuity and a good dose of patience, you can have the landscape of your dreams on the budget you desire.