Improve Your Garden Without Breaking Your Budget
It’s easy to get carried away with our garden design. Some desirable features, such as certain hardscaping accents or exotic plant varieties, can be quite expensive.
However an attractive garden doesn’t have to cost a lot. Solid design is more important than money spent.
I found an article on the Huffington Post that outlines several inexpensive garden improvements.
The ones concerning drip irrigation and xeroscaping are especially relevent give the many parts of the country in drought conditions these days.
One idea that isn’t mentioned is joining a garden club. Aside from being able to share tips and advice with gardeners familiar with your area, most garden clubs have plant exchanges. When members divide their perennials, they share the divisions with each other. It’s a great way to get excellent plant for free.
7 Affordable Landscaping Ideas for Under $1,000
Landscaping doesn’t have to be an expensive investment. There are a lot of affordable projects that will make your garden look beautiful this spring. There are also many ways to make them last for years to come, so you don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on maintenance costs.
#1 Choose perennial plants – $10 to $50 Perennials save you money because they come back every year, whereas annuals have to be replaced every year. Perennials can last for years and sometimes require less maintenance…
#2 Plant more native species – $10 to $100 To keep maintenance down, lean towards putting more native species in your landscape. Native plants have acclimated to the climate conditions, which means they need less care. This also means they don’t attract pests or problems that exotic species do. To learn what plants are native to your area, …
#3 Install soaker hoses – …think about investing in soaker hoses. Sprinkler water sometimes evaporates before it can fully cover your plants. Soaker hoses, on the other hand, release water near roots so plants get the nutrients they need…. …will cut down your water bill significantly.
Photo courtesy of Tender Earth, LLC in Eugene, OR
#4 Invest in a young tree – Trees are highly beneficial, not only to your yard but also your home. If you install a tree near your home, it can lower your air conditioning costs. Instead of buying and planting a grown tree, invest in a young tree. They’re far less expensive and easier to handle — and it’s a long-term investment that pays back.
#5 Seed or sod a lawn –
#6 Replace lawn with rocks/pebbles – If you don’t feel excited about a seed or sod lawn, you can go with rocks and pebbles instead. Adding stones or boulders to your landscape is simple and less expensive, depending on the square footage. You can then add some shrubs and plants to make it look more natural.
#7 Add stepping stones – Stepping stones are a great addition to a stone or green lawn, especially if you need to connect two elements of your landscape with a pathway.
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