7 Tips for Landscaping on a Budget
Hiner Landscapes knows that landscaping is a big undertaking. It takes a lot of time, management, and money to effectively create the yard or fixture of your dreams. But sometimes, landscaping companies sell their customers short by not offering cost-effective solutions or not being upfront about how much things will cost in the long run. Hiner is committed to helping you see the bigger picture when it comes to landscaping so you don’t make overpriced decisions or mistakes.
With that in mind, here are some tips for thinking through your budget and saving some money when it comes to landscaping projects.
- Plan out exactly what you want out of a project and what are your top priorities.
It can be easy to get caught up in the idea of an amazing landscaping project but not really lay out the details of what you want or what is truly important to you before you start the project. Think about exactly what you’re lacking in your current space and what your goals are for the future. What kind of value can you add to your property that will add enjoyment for years to come—and will be a true perk for future owners in case you ever need to sell? Landscaping is an investment for your home’s value. Think about what you’re willing to spend more money on, and what you truly aren’t that passionate about. Thinking through these things can help you say “No!” to overspending later on.
- Think about safety issues first and foremost.
While beautification of a property is, of course, the fun part of landscaping, you also need to make safety and security one of your top priorities. If you have water that leaks into your foundation or other drainage issues, those are things to think through—because down the road, the repairs could be costly. If you don’t know what to really look for when it comes to safety for your house and yard, please ask us, and we can help you evaluate. These sorts of underlying issues should be attended to first.
- Plan out the project in phases.
You don’t have to do everything all at once. When considering a budget, think through what absolutely needs to happen first, and what can be added over time. If planned effectively, you can lay out a whole landscaping project in phases that still completes each phase so that the property looks nice and not half-finished even in the middle of it. Then you can phase out your spending in an efficient manner over time that doesn’t break your wallet or add a bunch of debt all at once.
- The cheapest solution is not always the best.
While this article is all about budgeting, it’s important to realize that the cheapest option is not always the best long-term. Just like you wouldn’t want to spend money on a cheap roof that’s going to last a year or two before it needs to be repaired or replaced, you don’t want to pour your earnings into a landscape that won’t last. You want to think through the quality of your materials that will go into your landscaping—because if you go too cheap, then you will need to make expensive repairs down the load or redo the entire project eventually.
- Salvage what you can from your existing landscape.
Maybe you hate a lot about your current yard or just want a total upheaval and change. However, there are probably elements you could keep and tweak enough that you add the freshness you’re wanting. Think through what could stay, what could go, and what could stay with some revision. Maybe you hate some of your bushes, but if they could be trimmed in a different way they might be just what you want. Maybe you hate that old concrete pathway, but with spruced up other features or small changes, the concrete would seem fresh to you.
- Think through the type of plants you’re putting into your landscaping.
A lot of people don’t think through this part of their landscaping, but it’s pretty important. You can spend hundreds of dollars on plants, but if none of them come back next year or they die in a few months, you’re going to be spending hundreds of dollars on plants every year. Think through great perennials that do well in your particular climate or environment. For example, it doesn’t make sense to buy pretty plants that don’t do well in shade if your yard is regularly shaded throughout the day. You plants will probably not last long, and you will be wasting money in the long run.
- Talk to the experts if you have any questions or concerns.
Maybe you think you can DIY it all, but before you start on a project that’s going to be potentially complicated or costly, why not ask a professional? It’s better to spend some money on consultation or take time to ask some questions before you end up spending hundreds or thousands of dollars fixing something that could’ve been done right the first time with some expert advice.
There’s a lot to think through when planning a landscaping project that is budget friendly! As always, Hiner Landscaped is there at our store or over phone to begin talking you through a landscaping project.