There are people who believe that there are two ways to keep your lawn. You either spend no money on it and ignore the fact that it looks like a trailer park, or you lavishly care for it and make it look like the White House lawns. Well, of course, as with everything else that takes an extreme view of things, this is somewhat wrong. Affordable landscaping is eminently possible and it can be yours if you know how.
If you’re actually trying to win awards for your landscaping, of course, that’s not what we’re trying to do here. We’re just trying to make affordable landscaping possible so that you and your family can enjoy your nice well-kept grounds. But even if you are trying to make everyone green with envy, these tips for affordable landscaping should help you.
What makes a person look really healthy and well-taken care of? Well, it’s the well-fed look of course. And so it is with your yard. The better-fed it is, the better it looks. The best lawn feed hands-down is compost, of course. The great thing about compost we all know is that it is organic; but more importantly, it is free. Whatever you use in the kitchen at home – from apple cores to coffee grounds – throw them all in the compost heap, and you get what experienced gardeners call black gold. With a garden this healthy, you’ll spend a lot less on all of the other stuff.
You’re not supposed to pay less for fertilizer though. Using great homemade compost doesn’t preclude the need for quality fertilizer. Get a professional to come in and spray good quality fertilizer and weedicide on your yard. Usually, for the average-sized home yard, you can expect to pay something like $70. But there is a better way to do it.
You can keep weeds off your yard by fertilizing the right way. You’ll basically need to go to one of those small garden centers that are run by truly knowledgeable people. You will need to ask them about the kind of fertilizing schedule you need to work on for your local area, and you will need to ask them for the best fertilizer to go for. Usually, you’ll get a much lower quote than at Home Depot and you won’t have to spend on weedicide.
We live in a time when we can basically grow anything, anywhere. Get a plant that’s not entirely native to your area though, and you’re going to have to compensate for its lack of natural defenses by pumping the earth full of artificial fertilizer, weedicide and lots of other stuff. Do the right thing and populate your garden with local plants. You’ll find that you’ll run into a lot less trouble.