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Money Saving Tips - Garden

How much your garden is costing you will of course vary depending on how large it is and how you have decided to lay it out. But this is one area where you can really make some big savings. Here are some great gardening money saving tips to help you bring down your gargen costs.

Landscaping

Whenever people think about landscaping their garden, they imagine it will cost thousands of dollars. But this is not true, with careful planning and budgeting it can be done for far less! The secret is to plan carefully and break the big jobs down into manageable chunks. Then simply schedule the jobs over a few years and before you know it, it will be completed at a fraction of the cost of having contractors do the work and you will have the satisfaction of having done the job yourself. Here are some money saving tips to help reduce the cost of your garden landscaping.

  • Do it your-self - rather than employ someone else to do it for you. You can save hundreds by getting stuck in yourself.

  • Buy topsoil and gravel in bulk

  • Use local sources for heavy materials, otherwise the transport costs will be too high.

  • If your requirements are insuffient to justify a bulk load, club together with neighbours

  • If you don't want to do it yourself, get the best price by scheduling the work for when your gardening contractor is least busy and may be grateful for the work.

  • Always get several quotes

Garden Equipment & Maintenance

Anyone who has a garden needs basic garden equipment and supplies. These can prove expensive. Many people employ a gardner to maintain their gardens. If you are able; consider doing the garden yourself, or allowing the kids to earn their pocket money doing gardening chores. If the garden is too, much, consider reducing the cultivated areas and allowing some wilder sections to grow. You help the wildlife and reduce the amount of gardening. Here are some money saving tips to reduce the cost of your garden maintenance and equipment.

  • Look for alternative places to buy, your local home-and-garden center may not offer the best value for the money.

  • Look after your existing equipment

  • Buy quality equipment at discount prices - use mail order or the internet to find your bargains - check out eBay deals here

  • Only buy what you need - Always ask yourself if you REALLY need that latest gizzmo - Just walk away if you can. Simple, quality tools are all that you need.

  • Buy in bulk. Bulk compost from a local manufacturers will cost as little as $30 a cubic yard ( enough to fill the bed of a compact pickup truck ). This would cost over $100 at your local nursery. The sam holds true for Bark chips and other mulch.

  • Mulch. If you live in a dry climate, a thick layer of mulch will dramatically cut your water bill. No matter where you live, mulch is also one of the best weapons against weeds.

  • Save time. Consider using a low-pressure sprinkler or drip irrigation system on a timer. Over time, you'll recoup the costs by watering more efficiently and free up a lot more time do other money saving tasks.

  • Avoid expensive and dangerous garden chemicals, you can often use highly effective, low-cost natural solutions to pest control

Garden Plants

Growing plants is fun. With a bit of fore-thought and planning you can avoid paying almost anything for your plants. Making impulse purchases of the currently flowering plant in the garden center is likely to seriously dent your budget! Here are some simple and fun money saving tips to reduce you plant costs.

  • Propagate your own plants - You can plant an entire hedge for free just by using cuttings or plant an entire annual or perennial bed for less than $20 if you start from seed. It takes a little skill and practice - but you can save a fortune and get a great deal of satisfaction!

  • Swap plants and seedlings - This is fun to do, you can swap your plants and seedling with neighbours, you can even agree who is going to propagate what and swap when they are ready. You not only get your plants free, you share out the work of propagating them!

  • Buy small plants for cents and grow them, rather than purchasing large plants. Within 3 years there may be little difference in size.

  • Buy plants out of season or at end of season for big discounts.

  • Use native plants, fill sections of your garden with wildflowers, shrubs and trees that grow naturally in your area, they will thrive.