If you’re a home owner, landscaping might consume a significant portion of your budget during the spring and summer months. It is not necessarily one of those expenses that people think about very often either. Many people overlook this expense entirely when they are creating their monthly and annual budget.
It’s easy to buy too much lawn fertilizer, over water, over treat with chemicals and over purchase expensive plants that look super in the store but begin dying of neglect shortly after arriving home. So maybe it’s time to save a little money and a little stress by using a few simple tips that will keep your yard green and save you some green at the same time.
Here are some tips that you might need to know:
- Get free advice on virtually everything yard and plant-related from your local cooperative extension services.
- Don’t overdo the fertilizer. It’s expensive and most isn’t environmentally friendly. You can ask your cooperative extension service to have your soil tested that way you can see exactly what or if anything really needs and to avoid wasting money and needlessly using harsh chemicals.
- Share the cost. When it comes to big purchases, like mowers, go in with a neighbor or two. Not only will you save 50% or more, but you will also split the cost of maintenance too.
- Watch the watering. It can be the biggest expense in lawn care. The rule of thumb is one inch of water per week. If rain isn’t cutting it, sprinkle sparingly and always in the morning and not on the evening. Better yet, you can collect rain water in a barrel and use that for irrigation instead.
- DIY Pesticides. Rather than buying expensive, nasty chemicals try organic solutions. Use hot pepper sprays, used dishwater or a teaspoon of liquid soap to a gallon of water.
- Keep it thick. Keep weeds at bay by not giving them a place to grow. Keep your grass thick by seeding new grass into your existing lawn.
- Walk around. At least once a week, walk around your yard, look at your grass and plants and pull a few weeds. It is best to do on the Morning. Catching problems early means nipping problems in the bud, and walking around your yard early in the morning is a very nice way to start the day.
- Do it yourself. Try to avoid expensive lawn services. Get some exercises, save money and do it yourself. If you’re too busy, at least try to hire some of your neighbor rather than a commercial service.
With the information above, we hope that it helped you get some tips to avoid spending too much on maintaining your lawn. This way you can save more and less on expenses for your lawn ?