Spring is officially here. Get those green thumbs into your gloves and start gardening! Here are some springtime tips from the Savvy Staff to ensure an affordable start to your season …
Do It Yourself- You do not need to pay a landscaper to have fresh herbs for your summer recipes or flowers for your coffee table – you can certainly handle it! Begin with a concept, whether it is an herb, flower, or vegetable garden – and focus on it. Starting small and maintaining the upkeep will guide you in the right direction – and allow for growth later on!
Study Up! - The most important thing when it comes to saving money in the garden is to take care of your plants in order to ensure a return on your investment. So much time and money can be lost due to negligence or mistreatment of the home-grown garden. Make sure to educate yourself on the necessary steps to growing your plants and maintaining their health. If you follow directions and garden guides, you will be more likely to achieve a successful outcome and beautiful garden space!
Ornamental Landscape Plants – If you plan on planting some wisteria, or other long-term-growth vine this season for a decorative growth, clip some rooting from a neighbor or friend rather than purchasing it at a nursery. The cost of materials will drastically decrease, as many long-term nursery-grown plants can cost up to $400! Make sure to invest in the proper soil and rooting hormone to ensure the successful maturation of your vine over the next few years.
Get Materials for Free - Mulch and compost can easily be obtained at your town’s yard-waste recycling center, which will save you money on purchasing expensive bagged products from the hardware store – just make sure to have a truck for easy transportation! Also, start composting your eggshells, coffee grinds and leftover veggies in the house to provide calcium to your soil – and get the whole family involved in the process!
Use Household Items - Insecticides and animal repellants can be expensive, unreliable, and potentially toxic. Avoid wasting money by mixing your own remedies from ingredients found in your own home. Most gardeners recommend a soap bar or spray to ward off deer and insects from veggies and flowers, but an interesting list of user-reported repellants can also be found here.
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