Landscaping can beautify lots of real estate and can increase its value, as well, but hiring a professional can cost thousands for a homeowner. By doing your own landscaping, you can save a hefty sum of cash while learning a thing or two about home aesthetics.
Here are several ways to landscape on the cheap:
- Determine your budget. A set budget will force you to think creatively when it comes to landscaping. Base your budget on the standard around your neighborhood or just set it on funding you can devote to the project. You can always upgrade your lawn one more funds are available by planning your landscaping around phases.
- Observe professional landscapers hired by others. You learn a lot about technique and equipment by watching a professional work first-hand. Befriend several and ask questions as if to consider hiring them. By knowing the proper steps and procedures, you can avoid making costly mistakes when doing your own landscaping.
- Provide for your own compost. Instead of buying compost from your local garden supply store, use the organic waste generated by your lawn to create your own. Dead leaves and other organic matter are good sources of compost material; you may even ask for your neighbor's sweepings to fuel your pit. Read up on composting to get your own fertilizer source going.
- Think Japanese. Lack of resources forced the Japanese to focus on simplicity as a lifestyle theme, and this includes landscaping. Poignant yet mesmerizing gardens are thus created using only stones, soil, water and plants. Study these zen gardens in images and books and absorb the philosophy behind them, then create your own thought-provoking lawn with minimal materials.
- Follow a phase schedule. Break up your landscaping into phases then proceed with the next phase when the budget allows for it.
- Consider maintenance cost. A large, ornate lawn can be impressive but may take a toll on your finances due to its monthly upkeep. Switch hard-to-maintain plants with hardier variety that are resistant to disease, drought and insects, such as cactus. Choose local plants that thrive in your local environment and weather conditions instead of exotic flora that can bankrupt you when you try to duplicate its home conditions. Remove elements that will require costly maintenance: these will translate into a bundle of cash in the long run.
- Visit DIY landscaping websites. These sites contain a wealth of tips and information provided by other enthusiasts. The articles are up to date and the forums often contain useful techniques. By selecting a forum based on your district, you can also take advantage of discounts in local stores and seasonal bargains as shared by gardening mavens. They can even recommend an affordable yet creative professional who can help create the lawn of your dreams.
Beautiful landscaping need not be expensive as long as you are willing to put in time and effort not just in grunt work, but also in planning and scheduling. There are plenty of free resources to draw ideas from, so roll up your sleeves and get your green thumb going.