We recently did a little bit of landscaping around our house. If money wasn’t an issue, I’d love to rip out most of what came with the house and redo it all. But alas, money isn’t flowing as freely as that so we had to do the best we could with what we’ve got. I’ll be posting a little bit about that here soon.
But for now, I thought I would share a few of the ways we were able to get quite of bit of landscaping done on a tight budget.
1. Shop the Discount Rack
You have to be careful with this one, because most of the time the discount rack has plants on there for a reason. Read: Poor, droopy, practically dead plants. However, we scored big on some perennials that were and still are in perfect health for $1 each (normally $7.99).
People decide to change up landscaping all the time and list free or practically free plants to anyone who wants to come dig them up on Craigslist. Just last week I found hosta plants for $1, and those are normally range between $3-8 a plant.
I’ve also found several ads for things like bulk mulch, concrete, pavers and landscaping rocks.
3. Bulbs/Younger Plants
It makes sense, since bulbs are basically the seed version of plants and flowers. You don’t get the instant satisfaction of seeing the plant right away and you have to plant them at a certain time of year. However, I was able to get several bulbs for about $1-2 each instead of buying the plant for $8. At the end of the summer, no one will even know the difference (except our budget).
4. Seed/Plant Exchanges
You need to have plants to trade for these exchanges, but a lot of bigger cities have seed and plant exchanges every year. Our area just had a big plant exchange were people brought in hundreds of different plants. We didn’t go this year because we didn’t really have anything to trade – but I know people who go every year and they love it.
5. End of Season Sales
You’ll probably have to wait till the end of this summer to really score big on this one, but last year we found lots of perennials on super sale. Think berries, bushes and trees anywhere from 25-75% off their original prices.
Do you have any good landscaping tips?
Just a heads up that next week Mary over at Sometimes Martha Always Mary will be hosting 5 Fav’s. Then it’ll be back here the week after that.