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How to Landscape on a Budget

Whether you’ve recently bought a new home or are looking to spruce up your current property, landscaping can make a big difference. Still, it’s no secret that making your yard look beautiful can cost a pretty penny, but it truly doesn’t have to be something that breaks the bank.

With continuous warm weather right around the corner, it’s the perfect time break some ground. However, if you’re on a serious budget, start by taking stock of how much money you have to spend and make a few decisions about what you’d like to use it for.

Set Your Boundaries.  To start, sit down and list your goals. Are you looking to make some changes to your whole property, or just the front or back yard? Have you accounted for the amount of regular maintenance it will take once the installation is complete? Are you going for something that’s purely aesthetic or functional? Once you can answer these types of logistical questions, you’ll be in a better position to solidify your budget and, should you find yourself getting a bit too carried away, prioritize your spending if need be.

Do You Really Need to Start From Scratch?  If your main goal is to avoid overspending, then your best bet is to make simple improvements to your current landscaping. Start by taking stock of your yard and examine which parts you like and which areas may need a bit of TLC. If you can accomplish a lot by simply cleaning up messy flowerbeds or trimming your existing shrubs, there’s really no need to spend an abundance of money on new plants. If you’re unsure, simply set up a consultation with a professional who can offer some advice and provide you with an estimate. If anything, you’ll at least gain a better idea of how far your money will take you.

Get More Bang for Your Buck.  If you decide that your yard needs a few more plants, be smart and opt for low-maintenance items such as colorful knockout roses or perennials that can be started from bulbs or clippings. With this, if you know of any friends who have hostas or irises in their yard, you’ll really save yourself a good bit of money if you can get them to give you a few clippings. Make sure you think twice about planting any annuals because they generally require yearly replacement, which can turn into a large expense.

Not Everything Has to Go In at Once.  If things are really tight, think of landscaping your yard like slowly furnishing a room—you don’t have to buy everything all at once. Big ticket items such as trees can be costly, so take your time and consider buying younger plants instead of mature plants in larger pots.

In the end, don’t be afraid to get creative and let your senses do a lot of the talking. If you love the look of cherry blossoms in the spring or the smell of lavender outside your window, make those things a priority and adjust the rest of your budget accordingly. A beautifully landscaped yard should make you happy before all else, so make sure it’s something you really want to spend time in.

If you’re feeling stuck and need a bit of advice, please do not hesitate to contact me—I’d love to be of service.

Mirko Attolini | CRES Builers Corp. | www.CresBuilders.com | 770-983-4698