Money Saving Lawn and Garden Tips

Everyone wants to have the best lawn and garden in the neighborhood, but you don't have to spend the most money to do it. Planning ahead and making a few simple changes can help you cut costs.

Here are a few money-saving lawn and garden tips to try this year:

  • Know what you're going to plant ahead of time. You'll be less likely to make spur-of-the-moment plant purchases on plants you don't end up using.
  • Seeds are less expensive than buying starter plants. Buy seeds early and start them in a pot, so you can transplant them in the ground when it's time for planting. Remember to collect seeds from your garden to use for next year.
  • Use coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable scraps, and waste from last year's garden to make your own compost. It's an easy way to cut back on waste and save money on fertilizer.
  • Trade plants with your gardening friends. Ask a neighbor if you can take a clipping from his overgrown strawberry patch and offer plants of your own.
  • Growing your own produce is cheaper than buying from the store, and homegrown usually tastes better too.
  • Use mulch to discourage weeds from growing and to hold in moisture. You won't have to water plants in mulch as often.
  • Disposable containers can often be used again. There are also many items such as egg cartons that can be used as seed starters.
  • Your lawn and garden equipment will often be your biggest investment. Make sure to provide proper care so they last longer. Perform minor tune-ups such as replacing filters and changing oil, and clean and store them properly at the end of the gardening season.
  • Check the garden section of the local library for cheap, homemade alternatives to store-bought pest controls. For example, aphids can be controlled with a few drops of dish soap in a squirt bottle full of water.
  • If you can't afford your own garden, join a community garden. You can meet other gardeners and save money by sharing seeds, tips and gardening tools.