Landscaping a yard is a great way to increase a home’s curb appeal. The standard amount spent on landscaping is between five and 15 percent of home value, which averages out to over $10,000 on the low end of the scale. Fortunately, there are several ways to beautify a yard without going into debt. If you are looking for professional help it pays to know who you decide to hire for your landscaping needs, so a little research might be in order. You can check out these reviews of Christies Landscapes and other landscaping services online to get started.
Use What Is Already There
A homeowner can save time and money by utilizing the trees and plants that are already in place and learning how to care for and prune each one. Making note of where a yard seems to flood or catch the most sun can be helpful in planning for new plants, patios and play areas. The homeowner can avoid more expense by doing most or all of the work, instead of hiring a professional.
Buy Late in the Season
Soil, mulch, trees and perennials are less costly when purchased near the end of the season when stores want them gone. In many areas, this is in the fall, which works well for getting plants established before summer comes again. Plants can be found at a discount by checking local gardening clubs, botanical centers and arboretums.
Mulch and fertilizer can add a large amount to landscaping costs. Homeowners can make compost piles from scrap wood and chicken wire and fill them with a combination of food scraps and waste from the yard. With bags of compost going for at least five dollars at home improvement stores, this approach can be a real money saver.
Be Water Smart
Landscaping can account for up to 20 percent of water use around the home. This can be minimized by using plants that are tolerant of drought or otherwise acclimated to the area. Watering a yard is more efficient when done in the early morning or early evening, when there will be less evaporation and strain on local water supplies.
Phase the Yard
Splitting a landscaping job into affordable phases will allow the homeowner to avoid taking out loans or using credit to finance the project. This method provides room for evaluation and adjustments before each phase begins and costly mistakes can be avoided. Many lawn suppliers can offer free quotes so that you can assess what separate portions of your job may cost you. Don’t be afraid to ask vendors for help and ideas! Many nurseries are willing provide free advice on landscaping.
Taking on landscaping can seem complex and intimidating, but with proper planning and careful purchasing, a yard can be both beautiful and affordable.
Written on behalf of Western Turf Farms Ltd. a sod farm in.