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Landscaping Ideas: 10 Ways to Save Money During a Garden Remodel

Whether it’s a new patio or a complete garden overhaul, any landscaping project can quickly outgrow its budget unless you plan ahead. I speak from experience.

As with most budgets, some require more saving than splurging. Here are the top 10 ways to save money on landscape design without cutting corners.

1. Don’t toss; transform.

Don’t toss; transform is a good lesson to learn. Avoid the temptation to rip out and discard everything in your existing landscape. Repurpose bricks from a planter for a new pathway; use old fence pickets to make a gate; dig up hardy perennials and move them to a new bed.

2. Embrace the slippery slope.

Moving soil is expensive; instead of fighting the contours of your garden, try to embrace them. If the land is so steep that it is eroding, consider stabilizing it with inexpensive Jute Erosion Control Cloth ($2.30 per yard from Online Fabric Store). The mesh has wide spacing; you can plant ground cover, vine, or succulent plugs directly in the cloth.

3. Plan a plant swap party.

To save money on plants, you can ask your neighbor for a clump of bearded iris and in return offer some of your salvias. Or plan a neighborhood get-together to exchange plants in greater quantities.

4. Minimize maintenance with compromises.

For example, if you live in a dry climate and want an English garden look, you’ll continually pay for it in high water and upkeep bills. But you don’t necessarily have to do either-or. Cut down on the cost of roses, for instance, by planting them in front of an evergreen hedge.

5. Make a temporary path.

If you can’t afford stone pavers or brick right away, lay out the path where it wants it to be and pave it with a placeholder such as a pea gravel.

6. Plant for the future.

You’ll save money if you sow seeds, buy small pots, or start plants from cuttings—and in five years your garden will look as robust and healthy as if you started with bigger, more expensive plants.

7. Go on a scavenger hunt.

Incorporate finds from salvage yards and junk shops—vintage gates, weathered bricks, old fence boards, and stone troughs—into a landscape. You will not only save money but also add character to a new garden.

8. Mix and match.

You don’t need an expensive matched set of furniture to create a comfortable or stylish outdoor living room. A mix of natural materials and textures—such as wood, rattan, and metal—will look great at home against a backdrop of green foliage.

9. Shop sales.

A tip: Some nurseries have big plant sales in the fall, with markdowns of 50 percent or more. This is also one of the best times of year to plant—the soil is still warm enough to allow root systems to establish and cooler temperatures reduce the need to water.

10. Add small details for a big impact.

Inexpensive accessories—house numbers, a classic mailbox, a stylish bird feeder—can have a big visual impact and create instant curb appeal. Glass accessories, in particular, will reflect light and sparkle. For more ideas, contact Wisconsin Lawn Masters at 414-999-8206.
Whether you’re planning a garden remodel or updating even one element of your landscape, get tips and inspiration from Wisconsin Lawn Masters. For help planning plant palettes and laying out garden beds, call 414-999-8206. And for more outdoor style on a budget, email:

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