Do you want your dream garden here and now? Well, tough luck, because that $100 bill in your pocket can’t do much at garden centers. Luckily, if you’re determined to give your outdoor space a makeover but don’t want to splurge your entire savings, there are a few frugal ways you can get a garden of your dreams. Take note and get ready to roll up your sleeves, gardeners!
Learn, learn, learn
If you don’t have too much gardening experience, it’s best to grab some books and learn about what’s possible and what’s not possible to grow in your region. You can often come across free garden tours that will show you some of the most amazing gardens in your city. Take notes and photos if you can. This way, if you notice that none of the experienced gardeners are growing a certain plant, it’s a great sign that this particular variety can’t survive in your climate or soil. If you know how to look and learn, you’ll save a lot of money and effort.
Be on a lookout for free things
If you don’t want to spend money, you must be patient. However, when you’re willing to wait, great things can come your way. For instance, make it a habit to check out ads and you’ll be surprised how many things you can get for free if you’re ready to pick them up yourself. It will take time, but you might run into ads like “Free arbor if you come and remove it” or “Gazebo—free if you dismantle and pick it up tomorrow”.
Pick the right equipment
In theory, you can create an amazing garden with just a hoe and some pruning shears, but it’s much easier to have plenty of tools by your side. However, some tools can be expensive, so you need to know where to buy and what to buy. For instance, if you grab a low-quality watering can, you will not only spend money and waste materials, but you’ll also need to buy a new one in a year. Instead of going into it blindly, find a website where you can find the reviews of cans, so you can buy the right watering pot that will last you a lifetime. Reviews and recommendations can be great time and money savers, especially if you’re new to this whole gardening thing.
Choose durable plants
Certain plants might look great, but if they require constant care and investment, they are certainly not the right pick for your garden on the budget. Instead, opt for plants that are adapted to your climate, soil and growing conditions and require nothing more than periodical compost and mulch. Growing certain plants can be very expensive and time-consuming, so there’s no point in wasting either of those two things on something that will die.
Skip perfectly-manicured lawns
Keeping your lawns green and perfectly-trimmed will cost you a lot of money. If you live somewhere dry like Australia or California, you probably need to water your lawn, add synthetic fertilizer and mow it once a week and all of these actions cost money and are pretty wasteful. What you can do to replace traditional lawns is opting for grass alternatives such as clover, daisies, rye grass or hard fescue. These low-maintenance plants look great yet pretty much fend for themselves.
Make your own compost and feed
Plants need food in order to grow big and beautiful, so you need to invest in compost and feed. Don’t want to spend money on that? Do some research and you can make your own compost with zero money and without too much effort.
Your dream garden doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Listen to these tips, adapt them to your situation and you’ll have a gorgeous garden AND some leftover money in your pocket!