Not everyone has the experience, knowledge, or inclination to work on landscaping themselves. And that’s okay because there are plenty of experts to lend a helping hand. However, if you are trying to bring your property up to scratch on a budget, a landscaping business owner who’s trained in that very task may not be within your reach.
If that’s the case, then you must try and battle through on your own. While it’s going to be tough without the help of someone with years of experience, it’s not impossible. Here are a few helpful hints to help you landscape on a budget.
Use Spreading and Sprawling Plants
The larger your yard, the more plants you have to use. The bigger the number of plants you have to buy, the more money you need. The problem is, not everyone has a massive budget to spend on plants alone. Therefore, you may like to consider purchasing spreading plants that take up a lot of space as a single plant. You can then buy fewer of them.
Groundcover plants that like to spread themselves out include agapanthus, sweet flag grass, silverbush, and yellow buttons. Dedicate an entire flower bed to ground cover plants and let them fill the space while looking attractive at the same time.
Buy Cheap Plants
Sometimes, plants for sale at your local garden store don’t look at their best. They might not have thrived like the others, or they could be a little sad looking or partially dying. While you won’t want to bring any plants home with diseases or bugs, there’s no harm in buying cheap shrubs and flowers that only need some TLC. Talk to your local garden store about what they have in stock that might be within your price range. They will be more than happy to get rid of their less attractive plant variety.
Create Your Own Mulch
Mulch can be expensive to buy, but it’s quite necessary for the prevention of soil erosion, weed growth, ground moisture retention, and even soil temperatures. Instead of spending a fortune on premade mulch, you can make your own at home.
You can collect leaves that fall from your trees, add grass clippings from your lawn, and even chop up tree branches, trimmings, and bark. Pine needles and shredded paper can be thrown into that mix too. You can then be proud of your own creation, rather than a bag you bought from the garden centre.
If you don’t have a budget for a landscaping expert’s ideas, then find your own. Purchase landscaping magazines and highlight areas of interest that could work for your property. You can then sketch out a plan that ties all those features together.
Landscaping on a budget is not going to be easy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Spend time to formulate a plan, then get to work on creating your own peaceful slice of paradise at home.