Cheaper Landscaping: Beautifying Your Yard Without Emptying Your Wallet

28 Jan

Cheaper Landscaping Beautifying Your Yard Without Emptying Your Wallet

Creating lovely landscaping in your front or back yard is a great way to brighten  your spirits every time you look out the window. Unfortunately, however, landscaping can be very expensive. It costs a lot of money to hire a professional landscape specialist, buy all necessary materials, and pay for the cost of labor. Fortunately, there are ways you can still have your perfect landscaping without paying so much.  It’s all about knowing the tricks:

  • Do the job yourself. Not only will it reduce the cost of hiring a professional and the daily labor cost to maintain it, but doing the landscaping yourself will also help ignite your creative mind and body. In addition, you can do exactly what you want without worrying about how to convey your ideas to someone else
  • Plan first before starting the project. Sometimes mistakes can be very costly if you end up having to buy more materials to redo something you already did. To avoid these types of mistakes, plan carefully what you want for your yard and envision how you will go about it. Write down your procedures and the materials you’ll need, so everything will be ready and organized once you get started.
  • Hire only if you need to. There may be times when you want a certain style in our yard that you cannot do yourself. In those instances, it makes sense to hire a professional. But, always make sure that you have the professional work only on the things that you need from them – not everything else – so you can keep your labor costs down.
  • Think of maintenance. Your work and money spent on your landscaping project do not end once you’ve created the perfect look for your yard. You still have to maintain it. Think about whether you or someone else will maintain your yard and factor in extra costs for water, fertilizer, labor, etc. Find ways to minimize these costs while still maintaining your yard.
  • Use what you have at home. Make use of your existing tools and avoid buying thhings that you will only be able to use on one project.  You should also explore borrowing from friends rather than buying.
  • Take advantage of freebies. Some cities offer free plants or trees. Watch out for these freebies so you can save on plant costs.
  • Encourage free help. If you have good friends and family members that would like to lend an extra hand, allow them. This will reduce your effort and time and enable you to have fun bonding with the ones you love while you work.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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