If you have a front or back yard, you know the value of making that yard visually attractive, with healthy plant life. And while gardening can be a fun activity for all ages, it can also get expensive, especially if you’re new to it. The cost of gardening supplies, seeds, fertilizer, pottery, and outdoor decor can all add up if you’re starting from scratch. However, don’t let those costs put a damper on your desire to spruce up your outdoor space.
If you’re interesting in trying out some DIY landscaping and are looking for ways to save money, here are a few tips:
Create your own compost.
Purchasing mulch and soil products from a gardening supplier can add to your overall costs, so why not make your own compost? Keep a bin outdoors that is designed solely for dead leaves, fruit and vegetable peelings, and clippings from other plants. Once you’ve been working on your compost pile for a few weeks, you should have soil that is rich with the nutrients necessary to make your new plants grow.
Check out end-of-season sales.
It’s currently fall, and the plants you’ll find at a nursery might not look their best right now. However, those same plants can grow with ease once spring rolls around, as long as you keep their roots healthy and alive — and you can get these plants for really great bargain prices. Also, take advantage of sales during the fall on other backyard and landscaping gear, including pots for your plants and gardening tools.
Look into planting perennials.
Choosing plants that flower year after year is a great way to both go green and save money — you won’t have to start over every year with new plants and seeds. It might be a bit more expensive to start, but in the end, you’ll save money with these types of flowering plants.
Save any extra flower seeds.
It’s okay if you end up with more seeds than you ended up planting — you can always use them next year. If you keep them in a cool and dry safe place, your seeds will keep healthy over the seasons so you can use them at a later time. You might even consider buying seeds in bulk if you find a great price to save money.