How To Make Your Landscaping Look Professional On A Budget

These eco-friendly ideas will turn your backyard into an organic paradise without breaking the bank.

May 5, 2016
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Budget landscaping fits right into the organic principles and gardening the right way for a specific location has a much better guarantee of success than trying to force a garden or work to grow plants that don't thrive in your environment. We've found out How To Grow Organically On A Budget, and whether you're aiming for a freshly stocked kitchen all season or to create a beautiful backyard oasis, we've got the best tips to get you started. 

Establish A Good Idea Of Your Goals
Visit public gardens, take snapshots of your favorite gardens, or tear out our magazine photos and then make a list of desired plants, where they will go, and stick to it. Ask a neighbor for advice because gardeners love to share, especially with an admirer.


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DIY Fertilizer
Why have your grass clippings, leaves, and garbage hauled away when you can be Making Your Own Organic Fertilizer? Assemble a compost pile for next to nothing with some recycled chicken wire and old hay bales. You can include leaves, grass, and wood clippings from your municipality, coffee grounds from local cafes, shredded newspaper or anything biodegradable except for animal byproducts.

Check construction sites for free bricks and stones for paths and borders along your garden. Look for website bargains such as deals on trees, shrubs, and plants.

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Use What You Have Or Scrounge
Grow seedlings in egg shells not headed for the compost pile or use any small containers or egg cartons. Plant the seedlings right in the egg shells or small containers. Make a wall-o-water out of plastic jugs, make a cloche from a milk jug, use discarded dresser drawers and old toolboxes as containers, recycle salvage window frames into cold frames.

Get the Most Mileage From Your Plant Choices + Find A Buddy
Choose vegetables with the best yield such as climbing peas and other varieties that grow vertically, grow plants that are lovely and attract beneficial insects and butterflies. 

Join a local gardening club to find a garden buddy or approach like-minded neighbors on How To Start A Family Garden and about sharing costs of bulk items, like potting mix which is less expensive in a larger size, machinery rental fees, seeds, and tools.


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Expand Your Plant Horizons
Find alternative ways to get new plants like looking for plant swaps, garden club plant sales like at arboretums or botanical gardens, exchanging plants with a friend, or arranging a neighborhood plant exchange. You can even look into mailorder plants, and although they are smaller than those found in nurseries, they are usually less expensive. Just make sure to inspect all plants for diseases and insect problems. 

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Buy When Prices Are Low
Perennials in the fall, for example, and trees, shrubs, mulch, and soil are all less expensive late in the season. If you are planning to build raised beds or a deck you should look into buying untreated lumber in the winter when it is less expensive.