If you were to ask a realtor for a tip on how to make your house appear more attractive, one thing that they are definitely going to recommend is that you boost your curb appeal. Whether you’re planning to put your house on the market or you simply want it to look beautiful, being that the front of your home is the first thing that people see, it’s important that it looks great at all times.
But if you’d rather not hire a professional landscaper to do the work for you, before starting any kind of landscaping project, it’s a good idea to know how you can save money while doing the job yourself. So if you’re interested in hearing about some money-saving landscaping ideas, here are five that many homeowners use year-round:
Come up with a plan. No matter what the project may be, it’s always beneficial to start off with a plan. This includes what you want to do to your front and back yard. Thankfully, there are all kinds of websites that can provide you with a host of creative ideas. Simply go to your favorite search engine and put “landscaping design ideas” in the search field to get your creative juices flowing.
Consult with a professional. Even if you don’t want to use a professional landscaper, it’s still well worth your time and money (good ones tend to cost between $50-100 per hour) to get a consultation from one. Not only can they share with you some of the best things to do in your yard, but also how to get some of the equipment and supplies that you need at a cheaper cost.
Time your purchases. Just like there are off seasons for clothing, there is an off season for landscaping items, too. For instance, if you need lumber to build something in your backyard, it tends to be a lot less expensive during the wintertime. On the other hand, if you’re looking for things like trees, shrubs, flowers, soil and/or mulch, later in the planting season is best.
Borrow your neighbor’s equipment. Say that you hired someone who works at Morgreen Nursery & Landscape to consult with you about how to do an affordable landscape design. If they went down a list of equipment that you’ll need and it’s a bit more costly than you planned, here’s an option you may want to consider. If you have a good relationship with your neighbors and you know that they do a lot of their own landscaping, it can never hurt to ask them if you can borrow some of their equipment. If that doesn’t work out, remember that Craigslist has a “farm and garden” section under its “for sale” category. You also might want to go to websites like Freecycle.org to see if there is any free equipment listed.
Look for sales. Whether you go to a physical store to get the things that you need or you’d rather buy online, there are always sales that you can take advantage of. Thanks to websites like Coupons and Retail Me Not, you can find all kinds of coupons and promo codes. All you have to do is put the name of the store or business in the search engine and active discounts will appear – just in time for your landscaping projects!