Maintaining a lawn's pristine green blades of grass is challenging enough, but to do this without spending a bunch of money is another challenge altogether. By altering lawn maintenance routines, homeowners can significantly cut the costs of lawn care. Cheaply nurturing the lawn is only a few steps away.
1. Start with the Foundation Grass
First thing to do to save money is to make sure you don't waste money. From Kentucky bluegrass to tall fescues, turf grasses vary greatly depending on environmental adaptability, intended use, soil moisture tolerance, and maintenance requirements. How well grass grows, how green it stays, and how hard it is to keep up depends largely on your climate, elevation, and geographic conditions. Some grass can't stand the harsh heat of the southwest and will cost you far too much in upkeep. Some grass actually fares better in drier climates. If you start with a grass seed that thrives in your climate, you can cut down on the amount of time and money you invest in keeping it green. Research the nutrients and water the grass will need, its resistance to disease and pests, and its tolerance for sunlight or shade.
You might be surprised to find that you can take care of your lawn in ways that not only help your wallet, but help the environment, as well. Reducing lawn space, for instance, not only saves on gas for your trusty lawnmower, it means that all of your grass-care expenses will be slashed. You can install a pond or a zen rock garden to make your lawn more beautiful without having to spend so much on lawn care.
Mowing high can also make a tremendous difference, as taller grass can hold and absorb water and sunlight more efficiently, with some studies pointing to 50% better water efficiency. Daily Finance suggests a minimum height of three inches. This can certainly save you a lot of money on water over the years. The more time you spend planning for an efficient lawn care routine, the less money its going to cost you.
2. Throw a Landscaping Party
Summer time is the right time to throw a barbecue and sneak in the rakes and shovels. Landscaping can be a fun way to grab some sun and exercise as a group. The key to this will be scheduling some activities and awesome food around the event. Also, don't trick your guests into taking part in the party. You don't want an angry person with a shovel in your backyard.
3. Buy Smart and Buy Small
Late in the season your local garden department will be looking to move tress, shrubs, and other items. Early fall works well for this because it is also a great time for planting. Also don't go crazy buying huge plants. Buy the plants small, and invest time over money. In two years your small flower bushes could end up growing into sizable plants, increasing your landscaping value.
4. Hire a Consultant
If you are new to landscaping getting professional help to plan your work can actually save you money. This is because terrible decisions and lack of experience can cause costly issues. For example, roots can cause major damage to concrete block and sidewalks, so tree location is crucial. The couple of hundred bucks it costs to get a professional design for the landscaping tasks at hand can be the difference between success and a much more expensive bill for a cracked foundation in the future.
Save money and lower the carbon output of your home by creating your own compost. You can do this by building a small bin in your hard to discard your organic material from both in and out of the house. Compost can cost $5 per lb so this is a huge savings, and eco-friendly.
6. Water Usage
When you are buying plants be smart about water. There may be times that you are put on water restrictions, and plants that will dry quickly are a bad choice for keeping a stable landscape. This will help your water bill and keep you from having to replace plants long term.
7. Schedule upkeep
The worst thing you can do is spend hundreds of hours and dollars on a landscape remodel and see the fruits of your labor wither from inconsistent care. Assess your time correctly. If you can't physically keep up with your lawns needs then you need to find some trusted professionals.