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Gardening on a Budget

Scott Monge

The best lawns and gardens come from hard work and a little creativity. Whether your goal is to make your yard look like the Biltmore’s well-manicured expanse of green perfection or you have your sights set on a garden overflowing with an abundance of vines, blooms and ground covers, there are ways to achieve the aesthetic you’re after even on a budget. These tips will help you and your green thumb bring success to your yard.

  • Dole out a little money for fertilizer. If you make an investment on fertilizer in the spring, you’ll save money using less water in the hot summer months trying to get rid of brown patches in your sod, Bermuda and fescue.
  • Water at night or in the early morning before dawn. If you take care of your irrigation when the sun’s down, less water evaporates so you’ll need less of it.
  • Grow from seeds. Instead of purchasing expensive annuals already in or near bloom, seek out biennial seeds like hollyhocks and foxglove to bring a little color to your landscape without much expense.
  • Check online for seed swaps. You can find tons of variety by trading seeds with different online groups.
  • Buy used lawn equipment. Second-hand tools, machines and garden accessories can bring down your garden expenses substantially. Plenty of recycled shears and rakes are still sturdy and have many years of use left in them.
  • Do your own mowing. Lawn care services are expensive. Purchasing a lawn mower is an investment you won’t regret
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