5 Ways to Save Money on Your Yard

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Yard

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You can beautify your property on a budget.

Yard projects can get expensive, even more so if you have to lay down sod, plant shrubbery or apply fertilizer. Watering the lawn can cost you dearly especially if drought conditions are prevalent and you desire to preserve your expensive greenery or keep your lawn from drying up.

From late winter to early summer, you may find yourself making multiple trips to the garden center, in a bid to take advantage of weekly specials. That makes for a good way to save, but your time might be better spent exploring some other options including the following five ways to save money on your yard:

1. Use compost waste — Your town may pick up your grass trimmings, but they may prefer that you leave the clippings behind. If not on your lawn, in a pile of compost. Compost material can make for a great nutrient for your lawn and serve as mulch around your trees and shrubbery.

2. Shop the garage sales — New outdoor furniture will cost you a bundle, money you can avoid spending by shopping garage and yard sales for special finds. If you already own yard furniture, consider painting it and making repairs to get several more years out what you have. Estate sales are another place where bargains can be had, especially sales held in cooler months when few people are looking for yard finds.

3. Choose perennials — Plants that come up year after year are perennials while those that are useful for just one year are annuals. With the former, you incur a one time expense. With the latter, you pay year after year. Perennials include baby’s breath, candytuft, flax lily, marsh marigold, peony and poppy. If you’re attached to a particular annual, by all means include them. However, you might find that your perennials provide much of the color and variety you desire, saving you money in the long run.

4. Go native — Plants that are indigenous to your area are better suited to withstand drought and are resistant to disease and bugs. Local plants also require less water, keeping your water bill under control. Consider converting larger sections of your yard to shrubbery, reducing the amount of area dedicated to watering a thirsty lawn.

5. Buy off season — As the seasons change, garden centers slash prices to move out inventory to make room for new items. By fall, that beloved outdoor set may have dropped in price sufficiently to justify a purchase. You can also find buys on plants and yard ornaments. Find the center’s discount section; negotiate with the manager on paying just a fraction of the price for broken bags of top soil, fertilizer, seed and leftover sod. Some of what you buy can be stored for the winter; the rest can be planted or installed before the first cold wave sets in.

Certainly, you’re not tethered to any one approach to saving, but trimming your yard maintenance budget can be beneficial especially if you have other areas where you’d prefer to spend or invest your money.

Resources

Better Homes and Gardens: Perennials

Money Crashers; 4 Awesome Ways to Save Money Landscaping Your Yard; Kevin Mulligan; 2011

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".