There are a plethora of items you use to make your property ready for the warmer months. Plants, rocks, pots and various types of lumber. Sometimes the toughest part of landscaping is keeping costs down. But making your property look like a million bucks doesn’t have to make a hole in your wallet. Here are some tips to help you cut down on your landscaping costs this summer.

Plan Before You Spend

Whether you just moved into a new house, or been living in the same home for years, it’s a good idea to take the time to learn about your local growing conditions. Do research to see what kind of plants are native to your area as well as the kind of soil conditions that are best for those plants. Check out your favorite landscaping magazines and websites for inspiration. Depending on the project, sketch out the design before you start planting or building.

Talk to a Professional

Even if you don’t need to hire a landscape professional it still might be a good idea to consider it. The simple maintenance on your lawn might take up more time and effort than expected. It might be worth it spending money on an hour of maintenance if it saves you from costly mistakes later.

Buying Plants on a Budget

Once you have selected the best plants for your property go ahead and visit some local nurseries and home improvement stores to find the best deals. Consider the time of year when you’re buying plants as out-of-season plants will typically be more expensive and harder to find.

Ask Yourself This Question

Do I need a roll off dumpster for this project? If you plan on doing a big project such as building a new deck or revamping your trees and bushes, you may not realize a dumpster would be the most efficient way of cleaning up the leftover debris. There are a variety of sizes to choose from that can fit your unique project and won’t put you over budget. Renting a roll off dumpster can save you a lot of time and headaches in the long run.

Don’t Cut Your Lawn Too Short

Most lawns typically do best when they grow to be 2 or 2-1/2 inches tall. When you let your grass grow higher, its roots grow deeper, so you don’t have to water it as much. It also means you don’t have to spend money on herbicides since tall grass shades out weeds.

Make Your Own Compost

A great way to have the best black gold in the neighborhood is to make compost. It is an efficient way to regenerate poor soils and retain moisture. Here is a simple DIY Garbage Can Compost that won’t take too long to build.

Don’t Rush Purchases

As long as you have a plan for your property, it’s smart to time your purchases. For example, if it’s winter time and you plan to use lumber in the spring, it’s often cheaper to buy it during the colder months. There’s no rush to purchase newly released plants. They’re usually more expensive because supply is low and demand is high.

Socialize With Your Neighbors

A smart, and social, way to save money is to split the rental fee for chippers, tillers, and other heavy equipment with your neighbors.

Gather Fallen Leaves

Instead of gathering leaves and putting them in bags to put at the end of the curb, consider chopping them up with your lawn mower to use them as mulch for your garden.

Use Screws

When you use screws to build a deck they will last longer compared to using nails.

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