It is that time again. Time to plan your gardens and landscaping. If you are like most of us you have a budget to stick to. Which can be hard when you see something you really want for your garden. Here are simple tips you can use to build your garden for less this year.
Save money on your garden
1) Grow plants that save you money. Mix herbs and veggies in with flowering plants to get used out of flower beds. Spinach is my favorite filler plant because it has a high nutrition value. If you are on SNAP benefits you can buy food bearing plants and seeds with your benefits. This plan of action can help you get back on your feet faster by allowing you to grow your families food yourself.
2) Check the Orphan corner of your local garden center. These plants need a little love but, in the end, you can bring them back to full glory. Just prune away the rough spots to encourage growth, provide plants with the right growing environment, and breath new life into them. The best thing you can do is look up each plant and learn a thing or two about them.
3) Visit local sales as late as possible on the last day. This is a great way to get discounted plants that the seller does not want to cart home. Don;t be afraid to haggle a bit at farmers markets and such. Just be sure to keep your offers polite.
4) Compare ready-made structures for your garden with the coast of materials to make them on your own. Some things like sheets of lath are cheaper to buy pre-made rather than spend valuable time making it yourself.
Sometimes you need to spend money to save money
5) Buy items like mulch and top soil in truckloads to save. Building a garden for less sometimes means planning ahead. Measure out how much you need then price deliver compared to the price of bags. Don’t need that much? Go in with neighbors for a truckload.
6) Watch for used tools at a great price to build your garden for less. Yard sales, estate sales, thrift shops, even the local buy, sell, trades like craigslist.org can be good places to find used garden tools.
7) Spend a little more for grass seed. While this may seem counter-productive sometimes spending a bit more can make for a better deal. Look for grass seed with a germination rate of at least 85%. Be sure the package contains no more the .05% weeds otherwise, you will be spending more to kill off unwanted weeds. Pass over any grass seed that does not promise “NO Noxious weeds.”