Landscaping is not just the process of putting in new trees, grass, or plants. It is also the maintenance required after all of those projects are completed. You can probably do most of the maintenance yourself, but some projects require extra help, which means extra money. It is a good idea before ever beginning landscaping projects to decide how much time you want to invest in the maintenance. Smaller landscaping projects usually results in less time needed for maintenance.
Save Money on Expensive Maintenance Projects
Some of the expensive maintenance projects that deal with landscaping are repairing cement or pipes damaged by plant roots, and regular mowing. Save your cement and pipes. If the roots are too close to cement, like the driveway, sidewalk, or road, they can aggressively push through the cement and cause serious trouble.
The same is true with pipes that run from your home to the sewage line near the road. To avoid these problems and save money, research the trees you plant near the road or driveway. Many trees are listed as having aggressive, spreading roots that you don’t have to be concerned with.
Cut back on regular maintenance costs like mowing. If you think about it, your probably only need to mow your lawn about once every ten or eleven days, depending on where you live. In many cases, it is even healthy to let the grass grow longer than you would like, as it allows the grass to gather more nutrients from groundwater and the sun.
When you do need to mow the grass, consider options like buying a lawn mower that you can share with a neighbor. If you go in on it together and keep it maintained, you save money and have someone else to help share in the maintenance.
While you may have to call in professionals to repair cracked cement or pipes that are plugged up with roots, you can do lots of lawn maintenance yourself.
- You can make your own compost that you can spread on your lawn instead of investing money in expensive fertilizers.
- You can pull your own weeds and plant your own flowers instead of paying someone to do it.
- You can set up your sprinklers to only operate when the sun is down, which is the time when your lawn and garden can absorb the most water without competing with the heat.