With so many things vying for our family’s money, lawn care always seems like one of the last things to get accounted for. I can always find something to spend our hard-earned cash on that outranks lawn care. I don’t, however, want our yard to take on the neglected, brown look that so many homes have taken on lately (foreclosures are hard on curb appeal). How can a family have a presentable lawn without spending more than we absolutely have to? Here are a few strategies for saving money on lawn expenses.
Do It Yourself Lawn Care
Although I would love to delegate some of these tasks to someone else, it is way too expensive. We have a relatively small yard, so we just have to relegate ourselves to the reality of having to drag the mower around. (Mr. NMOM usually has this job but I think that’s because he actually enjoys it somewhat – except when it’s 100 degrees outside).
Limited Bedding Plants
I love a splash of color in our landscaping as much as anyone does. I don’t love, though, the extra time and care it takes to mow around flower beds. Buying plants for these beds can carry a hefty price tag, too. Another tip for saving money on lawn expenses is to limit our family to one or two flower beds. This allows me to enjoy a few flowers without edging up the cost of our landscaping too much.
Choose Hardy Plants
Whether you’re choosing shrubs, flowering plants, or the type of grass to use in your own, your choice of plant can go a long way towards keeping costs down. Try to choose plants that belong in your region so that you don’t have to feed them tons of fertilizers. You can also select drought-resistant plants that won’t need an excessive amount of water during the hot, summer months.
Everything Starts from a Seed
When you buy mature plants, a portion of your payment can be attributed to the labor of the nursery worker. If your budget is limited, save money by putting that labor into your plant yourself. Start bedding plants from seed during the early spring. You should also skip purchasing sod; seeding your existing yard may not be as gratifying right away, but you’ll certainly save money.