[Total: 0 Average: 0/5] You must sign in to vote A landscape project can range in cost from a few hundred dollars to many thousands. Regardless of your budget, it will pay you to spend some time thinking about ways you can make the best use of your landscaping dollar. The tips below may save you money, or they may let you spend more on the landscaping features that will bring you the most pleasure. 1. Formulate a plan. A well-thought-out design and a plan of action save money and time and reduce stress. 2. Get bids. If you work with contractors, get at least two itemized bids for each project and compare them. Ask for a written guarantee of the work. Set start and finish dates. 3. Don’t skimp on the quality of materials or contractors. Flimsy construction will cost more in time and money to correct mistakes or replace materials. 4. Salvage as much as possible in an existing landscape. Before you dig up plants or tear down structures, first think of ways to preserve them. Even a crumbling concrete sidewalk can see new life as a stepping-stone path or garden edging. 5. Move existing trees and shrubs, if necessary, to protect them during construction or to allow them to thrive in a better location. 6. Prepare and improve the soil by working in lots of organic matter, such as compost, rotted manure, and chopped leaves. This is one of the wisest 7. landscaping investments possible. 8. Do some of the work yourself, not only to save on the cost of installation but to invest personal pride in the project. Hire teenagers to help you shovel gravel or lay sod — to save your back and your pocketbook. 9. Buy the largest trees that your budget allows. […]
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