If you’ve had the same garden layout for a few years now, you may have become bored and want to try out something new. Landscaping your garden can seem like a complicated and expensive task, especially if you feel you need to hire a landscape gardener to do the job for you. However, in truth, you don’t have to spend a lot of money landscaping your garden, and you definitely don’t need to pay someone else to do it for you! This guide should help point you in the right direction.
1. Make a Plan
A lot of the time that money is spent when redesigning gardens is through wasting it! If you don’t plan your new garden, down to the details of what plants you want where and what accessories you might need you can easily waste hundreds of pounds!
2. Use A (free) Landscaping Tool
Your plans will work best if you use a proper piece of landscaping software. You might be put off of the idea of this under the false idea that any decent software will be expensive, but you shouldn’t be!
3. Search For Freebies
When trying to save money, you should never pay for anything before being sure that you could get it for free (or at least cheaper) somewhere else. Check local newspapers, ad catalogues and web pages that are offering materials, tools or anything else you might require for landscaping your garden for free or at a reduced price. Don’t forget to ask in your local garden centres to see if they’ll do any deals or have anything they need to get rid of.
4. Stay Local
Of course, if you’re redoing your garden you want it to be exactly how you envisage it. However, be prepared to compromise. Choosing plants that only grow far away from your location means you’ll have to spend money on delivery and transport of them. Have a look at local alternatives that may be very similar to save cash.
5. Know When to Spend
Saving money doesn’t always mean having the lowest initial cost. In fact, spending a little more to start with can save you money in the long run. You can keep costs down when buying plants and such, but when buying tools and garden accessories (such as tables and chairs) you should opt for quality over price to avoid having to make repeat purchases if a low quality item needs replacing.
6. Do it Yourself
This doesn’t necessarily mean go it alone, after all, gardening can be a time consuming task. However, you should avoid hiring a professional wherever possible. Recruit family and friends to donate their skills and you’ll be surprised at the results!
7. Keep Up The Work
There’d be no point in going to all of this effort if you let it grow out of control a couple of months later. Stay on top of your gardening tasks to increase the amount of time before you’ll have to landscape it again.
Do you have any more tips on how to landscape on a budget? Let us know!
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