With the arrival of Spring, most of us are excited to get out and work in the yard and garden. Here are six easy ways to make lawn care and gardening less expensive.
1) Many vegetables are easy to grow from seed, and a $ 2 seed packet is a lot cheaper than a dozen seedlings. Try tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, beans, lettuce, and beets from seed. They’re easy even for beginning gardeners. Start them indoors under lights for a head start or sow directly in the garden.
2) A good mulching mower pays for itself in several ways. You don’t have to pay to have grass clippings bagged and hauled to a composting facility. Returning clippings to your lawn is like free fertilizer. Over the course of a full season you’ll return about as much nitrogen as one full- strength feeding. And when fall comes, do the same with fallen leaves.
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3) A large container can be expensive to fill with fresh potting soil. To save money, place one or more empty nursery pots upside in the bottom. Not only does it reduce the amount of soil needed, it reduces weight to.
4) Lawn watering is an expensive proposition in the summertime. To make sure your sprinklers are operating efficiently, have an irrigation expert do a walk thru water audit and suggest ways to reduce water bills. If you have an automatic irrigation system, use sensors to make it more efficient. They can help you water exactly as much as needed, and no more.
5) Mature perennials in your garden are a valuable resource. Most perennials can be dug up and divided, yielding two, three, even four splits. And each of these can be replanted elsewhere. Even better, trade with other gardeners, swapping divisions of your perennial. For their varieties you’d like to try.
6) Do you have a hot western wall exposed to the afternoon sun. Plant a tree that will shade it. This can significantly reduce your cooling costs.