Yards may be beautiful but they sure are high maintenance. Each year the landscaping industry rakes in a whopping 40 billion dollars in everything from lawn mowers to fertilizer. So if you’re looking to save a few bucks on lawn care read the following tips for cutting the cost of doing yard maintenance.
Your lawn needs vital nutrients to thrive. But you don’t have to go wasting money and buying mulch in the store. After you mow the lawn save the grass clippings because your lawn loves this. Not only does it break down microbes but it retains moisture so you don’t have to mow your lawn as much.
Equipment costs money but it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg if you shop smart. Before you buy a lawn mower, do your research first. You can find good deals at places like Home Depot or Lowe’s but don’t forget about the big department stores like Walmart and Sears.
Commercial fertilizer is expensive but did you know you can make your own at home for free? You can compost your own food scraps and turn them into food for your yard. It’s not only cheap but it’s an environmentally friendly way to recycle your garbage.
Having plants and flowers in your yard really brightens up not only the look of your home but your mood as well. But having to buy them every few months and plant them is a really killer in the wallet department. So instead, buy perennials that will last you for years. Then you can just sit back, relax and wait each year for the flowers to bloom again.
A large water bill is the consequence of maintaining a luscious green yard. Don’t water the plants for a few days and you’ll start seeing yellowing grass and dying flowers. So what is a cost-conscious person to do? Water at night of course. By watering at night (or at least as the sun sets) the water will evaporate less since it’s darker and cooler. If you have sprinklers, set up the timer to go on nightly.