1. Landscape ideas
Take pictures of landscaping you like. Since around the pool is primarily sun, picking plants was pretty easy. However, we didn’t know where to put the plants. We drove around and looked at houses and took pictures of plants we loved. This also helped us when we went to the plant nursery. We were able to show them literally want we wanted.
2. Landscape Edging Ideas
Buy your edging at a rock store and ask for the leftovers. Do not go to your local hardware store to buy pre-made edging. It is very expensive. Instead look at actually buying rocks to use for landscape edging ideas. They tend to be much cheaper and they look nicer. When you are looking at a rock, ask for their leftover rocks. We found some rock we loved. Then we asked if they have leftover rocks that looked similar. We were able to snag our rock at HALF the cost just because they only had a small quantity left. These landscape ideas alone saved us several hundred dollars. It never hurts to ask!
3. Spend your money on the slow-growing trees to lower backyard landscaping costs.
Our main tip is to spend your money on slow-growing trees. They will not grow fast to buy bigger trees. Then on your faster-growing plants, but smaller. They will grow and fill in quickly. In fact, several of our plants have doubled in size in just a month! The trees will not do that.
We bought three trees. When you are looking at slow-growing trees, look at all sizes. In our case, we were able to get 15-foot trees MUCH cheaper than we thought. In fact, they weren’t much more expensive than the 10-foot trees we found a home department store. Simple landscaping ideas can save big once you know all the tips and tricks.
4. Avoid Annuals – buy shrubs and perennials to help with landscape gardening prices.
Buying annuals are almost like throwing money away. We tried to avoid annuals if at all possible. Now I did throw some in a pot and then some in front of one of our trees. You will have to replace the annuals each year which will cost you more and more money. By buying perennials your are saving money – these plants will come back every year. This is one of the best money saving tips! Using this garden idea alone will save you so much time and money.
5. Use pots and grasses as fillers.
First, grasses are cheap and they grow big fast. We bought two of these purple grasses and in a month they have tripled in size. We also used pots at fillers too. You can even add in your few annuals in there too (or you can put ivy in the pots). They add some height when your plants are still small. Plus, they add color and texture.
Above is a picture of our purple grass. In one month it has gotten huge! This grass cost us only $7… we could have bought the same plant only bigger for $21. We saved 70% by buying small and waiting for it to get the same size in just a month. It saves to be patient.
6. Buy your dirt in bulk – have it delivered.
If you need a lot of dirt (like we did), then call around to see if you can have dirt delivered to your door. You might be surprised. It was about half the cost if we would have bought it at our home improvement store. Plus it was delivered to our house! More convenient and cheaper! That’s a win all around.
7. Buy Plants at a Nursery.
I highly suggest buying at a nursery versus a home improvement store. From our experience, the plants seem to adjust better. Plus they are normally more knowledgeable and helpful. For example, we had one tree that was starting to turn brown. The nursery was able to tell us exactly what we needed to do and it worked. The trees are now growing strong. I also found landscape gardening prices better at a nursery.