Home Building Tips

Landscaping on a Budget

The outside of the home is just as important as the inside of the home. Many homeowners neglect their landscape when it should be treated as an extension of the home. Well-maintained yards improve curb appeal and increase property value. The good news is that you can create your own beautiful yard without breaking the bank.

If you want to update your yard with new plants, make sure you have a plan before you shop. Some things to consider before buying would be where your yard gets the most sun light and rainfall. This will help you understand what types of plants will survive and thrive in your yard. Also, think about how much time you want to spend landscaping before purchasing plants that require a lot of care. Planning before planting will make the process less overwhelming or stressful.

Speaking of shopping, make sure to buy your landscaping tools at the right time. Prices for tools are marked up around spring and summer during the peak of gardening season. Know what tools you need, and then buy in late summer or early fall. (You can also save on plants by waiting until end-of-season sales to purchase perennials and evergreens.)

Add shade in your yard to improve energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. Large, healthy trees that provide shade can be very effective in cooling your home when placed on the correct side of the home. You can also shade your air conditioner with a tree or bush. Doing so can improve the unit’s efficiency by 10%.

Do it yourself. It’s easy to hire landscaping professionals to do all the work, but it’s much cheaper to do it yourself. If you don’t have a green thumb, ask some friends and family to help.

Source: How Stuff Works