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8 Ways To Save Money On Lawn Care

If you mow and edge your lawn yourself, it will save you a lot of money over time.

Your lawn tells more about you than you might think. It tells your neighbors and the people who drive on your street about the way you live. You might not know this, but your lawn is a reflection of you and if you don't take care of it, it's like telling the world that you don't take care of yourself.

When you don't take care of your lawn, it lets the whole neighborhood know what a poor excuse of a homeowner or tenant you turned out to be, especially if you are healthy enough to get out there and keep your lawn looking neat and well manicured.

That's what "curb appeal" is all about. When your home has great curb appeal, it let's your neighbors and everyone else that comes on your street that you are a neat, clean person and you care about your home and your neighborhood. This is very important because well maintained lawns help add value to property.

When you factor in the cost of gardeners, water, plants, seeds, fertilizers, and the time spent cultivating, planting, cutting, edging, and pruning, keeping a lawn looking good can get expensive. But there are ways to keep your lawn manicured and save money doing it.

Below is a list of tips that can make lawn care easy and affordable.

(1) If you pay a gardner, it can get a little pricey over time. Just do the math. If you pay a gardner $100.00 per month to mow and trim your yard, that adds up to be $1200.00 per year, and if you pay him extra for trimming shrubbery and doing other yard work, it costs even more. Why pay a gardener if you can do the work yourself and save the money? You can buy a lawn mower and an edger for under $500 or less if you catch them on sale. They will pay for themselves within 6 months and last for years if they are properly maintained. Over time, mowing and edging your lawn yourself will save you thousands of dollars. Not only will you save money, you will get good exercise as well.

(2) Some grasses grow best where there is a lot of rain and require constant watering while others do well in dryer desert like regions. Certain other grasses grow well almost anywhere as long as they are watered and fertilized properly. You can save money by seeding your lawn with grasses that grow best in your area, preferably those that require low or no maintenance.

(3) Many indoor sports stadiums have lush green fields for athletes to play on. Did you know that the grass, in many cases, is artificial turf? The grass is actually made of synthetic materials that look like the real thing. Did you know that many beautiful lawns you see are also laid with synthetic grass. The installation of artificial turf may be a little pricey to have installed, but over time, can save you a lot of money. Think about this, it doesn't have to be cut and trimmed, requires very little maintenance, doesn't need to be watered, is long lasting, and it is great for the environment.

(4) Well maintained flower beds and planters are essential if you want to keep your home looking it's best. Plants and flowers provide color and greenery in the yard and around the house. There are different types of plants that are native to certain areas but can grow in other places if they are properly cared for. With that being said, plants and flowers can be costly if you don't take the time to learn about them. If you want to save money on plants, try those that are native to your region.

(5) Buy plants when they are small or start them from seeds. This will save money because when you buy plants from a nursery or store, the bigger they are, the more they are going to cost. And make sure you plant your flowers and shrubbery at the right time of year to increase their chances of survival. Not only will you save money, you will enjoy watching your plants grow and thrive.

(6) Learn the difference between annuals and perennials. This is very important. Annuals have to be replanted every year, usually in the spring, because they thrive in warm weather but die when it starts getting cooler. When they die, they leave empty spaces in your flower bed. Perennials, on the other hand, live all year round and don't have to be replanted which can save you money and time.

(7) Bulb plants are great to have because even though the green leaves and flowers may die during the winter months, the bulbs, which are below ground, remain and continue to thrive. In the summer, they rejuvenate themselves and come back up to produce greenery and flowers. Many people plant bulbs because they remain all year thereby saving money and time.

(8) In areas with dry climates, a process is being used called xeriscaping that makes it easier to landscape lawns and flower beds with drought resistant plants such as cacti, succulents, and ornamental grasses and shrubs. Xeriscaping focuses on growing native flowers, plants, and foliage that use far less water to survive than non-native plant species.

Taking care of your lawn lets people know that you care about your neighborhood and that you are doing your part to help keep property values going up.

 

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