The warmer weather signals the time to spruce up the grounds around your home. Landscaping costs can range from reasonable to expensive as compared to other home improvement projects, so here are some cost-saving measures for landscaping your home.

Make a Budget and Stick to It

Don’t allow your enthusiasm or excitement to overwhelm your good sense and pocket book. Buying too much to handle simply leads to discouragement or dead/dying plants by the 4th of July.

Knowing your financial and time limitations makes planning a budget that won’t exceed either much easier. If time permits, visit the local nursery or home and garden store to make a wish list. Then return after “sleeping on it” to avoid expensive impulse buying and make your purchases.

Take Advantage of Freebies

Many plants can be acquired at a significant discount or for nothing at all. If your friends and neighbors have established plants, consider asking them for cuttings to replant or swap with them for cuttings from your own garden.

Try checking with locally-owned nurseries having limited space and the need to rotate stock throughout the growing season. Watch for the “Free to a Good Home” display offering perfectly healthy plants for the taking in order to make room for new ones.

Buy in Bulk

This is where good planning can save you money.  A flat of pansies is less expensive per unit than just a few. A 50-pound bag of mulch or fertilizer is cheaper per pound than a 10-pound bag.  So if you calculate your needs ahead of time, you’ll be able to benefit more readily from these bulk discounts.

Do the Work Yourself

The most expensive element of landscaping is labor. A flowering shrub costing $5 at the store will likely cost $15 or more if someone else plants it for you.  So to save money, consider the option of doing it yourself or including your family in the project to achieve faster results.

Making your home look great from the curb does not have to be expensive. With a little planning and some hard work (yours or your landscapers), your yard can look amazing without “breaking the bank”. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the best projects to increase your home’s value.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
847-310-5300
[email protected]

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