Want to make a beautiful garden without breaking your bank? Well, it is still possible to do so. Here are the best money-saving tips all gardeners must do.
Go to the garden centers and you can find that they always put perennials in their list at the end of the season. Even if the plants look tired, spring will make the cost is more expensive. Typically, annuals plants will be available to sale in the beginning to the midsummer. They can grow well after a few weeks of planting them.
It is important to underline that the exception is the ornamental grasses. You should buy the young grasses at the beginning of the season. After that, you can let them mature in the summer to become the larger plants nurseries that often sell for four-times of the cost.
Do you want to cover a lot of ground? If so, the best answer is spreading the plants. Whether you are about planting a vine or the ground cover, this way works and even looks better than mulch.
Cutting is a possible way to grow any plants you want for free. Also, cuttings are a great way to grow a lot of plants and everything at once. Of course, different plants require different cuttings. Therefore, we recommend you to do some research. Learning first will help you to do cuttings perfectly and performing the right types of cuttings in the right season.
Small For Big
Think small and the result can be quite big. You can save your money by growing younger specimens. This way is much better compared to spending a lot of dollars just to plant large trees. Purchase bare-root seedlings with the cost about $5 from the catalog. They offer better seedlings compared to the local garden center.
What things to do to make your little trees grow a little bit faster? You should mulch the trees, water deeply in the growing season to support sturdy and deep roots. Don’t forget to fertilize the tree per year, in spring.
The Hardworking Plants
Your concern is on the plants that still great to deal with some seasons. Forsythia is the example. This plant looks gorgeous when you plant if for a week or two in the spring. Fothergilla is another example of a plant with white flowers in the spring and the gorgeous yellow or red for the fall. Rozanne is what you need because this perennial geranium provides the similar flowers to remind you to ‘Johnson’s Blue’, with the blooms that will start at the beginning of summer to frost.
Aged materials are still great to add to your backyard. Just like the image below that the owner of the house uses the aged materials. The old bricks are okay that you can even take from the demolished building. It gives a charm and rustic touch to your gardens. Besides, these found materials always have its own story to add more fun to your garden.
Sharing and Trading
If you have a community of gardeners who love to share advice and tips, do something more than that. It looks great to step forward by sharing stuff. For instance, you can trade plants with your friends, give the leftover seeds away, share the tools, team up with your neighbor when it comes to renting the power tools, and even the cost of mulch with your friends. Do anything so that the gardening matters really fun to solve together.
Iris, Hosta, and daylily are some of the examples if we talk about perennials. They can do their best when you divide them in every few years. Therefore, we recommend you to grow these flowers and divide them in some new spots in your yard. This is much better than buying the new plants for your garden.
Plants From Seed
Whether you have a plan to grow biennials, annuals, or perennials, growing a plant from the seed really saves a lot of cash. There are some self-seeding types that will always great to have as below:
Balsam, Celosia, Cleome, Datura, Hollyhock, Larkspur, Marigold, Moss Rose, Zinnia
Planting vegetable and flower seeds can be by starting directly outside in your garden. This is good so you do not have to buy some materials like the soilless seed-starting mix.
If you want to save your money on the watering bills, you should water your plants wisely. You should only water in the cool morning hours to reduce the evaporation impact. In addition, you should mulch the soil just to keep the area is moist and cool. Alternatively, you can deliver the water directly to the plant roots by using a soaker hose.
In addition, if you have a separate meter added to your outdoor, it is good to know that metered water is often charged but at the low rate since there is no sewer.
Remember that a shovel with $7 is hard to believe but the quality tools are everything that you need. All gardeners must not buy cheap shovels since they are not durable. They can break easily especially if you use the shovel to dig in the rocky soil or in heavy clay. Even the discount pruners will fall apart if you use them frequently. Therefore, it is good to buy tools that can last for a quite long that you don’t have to replace them too often. This way is better than buying the new shovel for every couple of the years.
You can even feed your plants naturally and then improve your soil with compost. The quickest results are by using the tumbling composter. If you have enough patience, you can even place the organic materials in a bin. The rest is to let the nature to do.
You should not bag or rake up the grass clippings after mowing. When you let the clippings on the ground, they can decompose and add nutrients or organic foods to the lawn. Nevertheless, you should not leave clippings if you have let your grass to go a little longer between mowing because this will only smother your garden.