End of Season Garden Bargains for New Homeowners

End of Season Garden Bargains for New Homeowners


Save money on yard and garden purchases.

If you’ve moved into a new home since Labor Day, you may find yourself with a challenge: how to handle seasonal lawn duties without going broke purchasing new garden equipment and tools. Fortunately, if you’re in the market for a lawn mower, garden tools or equipment, fall is an excellent time to acquire what you need at big savings. Read on and we’ll explore what new and seasoned homeowners can do to find bargains.

Hit the yard and garage sales — Check out local sales to find inexpensive tools and lawn equipment. Many people start gardening in the spring, but give up when summer comes as they have little time or interest to continue. This means they’re ready to let gently used tools go and at prices far less than what you would traditionally pay for new. Most any lawn mower that is one or two years old, but has been maintained, should sell for less than half price new. Don’t settle for old tools or equipment — you want to buy stuff that will last you for years.

Scour the stores — If new equipment is what you want, then season ending specials should offer you some decent savings. Check the inventory of your local Sears, Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Lowe’s stores for equipment. Ask a sales clerk about buying the display model — get a “scratch and dent” price to knock off some money. Don’t worry about how the equipment looks — you’ll be abusing it soon enough on your own.

Head to the garden center — Are you looking for plants? Skip the annuals, but check out the perennials at nearby garden centers. Find the discount rack and determine which plants you can nurse back to health before winter settles in. Discounts of up to 90 percent can be had on damaged, but still viable plants that the center cannot sell otherwise. Some plants and trees can be safely planted right now.

Seeds for next year — You got into your own too late to grow a garden which means you’ll be paying full price next year for new seeds. Or will you? Many towns have community gardens and participating gardeners are only too happy to share seeds they’ve collected and dried from their plots. Trouble is, some people have too many seeds and aren’t willing to let these go to waste. You can store seeds in zip lock bags or in sanitized prescription containers, keeping these in a cool, dry place until next year.

Save on fertilizer and mulch — Back to your garden center you go in a bid to find discounted bags of fertilizer, soil and mulch. Not just garden centers either — hardware stores and home improvement retailers need to make room for Christmas merchandise. Strike a bulk deal and you’ll be calling a friend to borrow his pickup truck.

You’re already dealing with the shock of making mortgage payments, paying for homeowner’s insurance and setting aside money for property taxes and maybe HOA dues. You can limit your expenses by carefully exploring what you need to buy now or put off until later. Even a neighbor’s generosity to use their equipment should not be overlooked.


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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".