8 Tips to Garden on a Budget

Who doesn’t love a garden in their home? But many people think a garden makeover requires a lot of money. This is not necessarily true. Gardening on a budget is possible, and it can be a lot of fun. With a little planning and creativity, you can transform your garden into one of the most beautiful spaces in your home without spending a fortune.

This blog post will share some of our favorite tips for gardening on a budget. We will cover everything from choosing the right plants to finding free or inexpensive tools and supplies.

Whether you are a gardening beginner or a seasoned pro, we hope you will find some helpful tips in this blog.

Look for Used Tools & Equipment

Gardening equipment can be one of the most expensive purchases. But you don’t necessarily have to look for new tools and equipment. You can find used ones at garage and yard sales or online marketplaces.

You can even ask your friends, family, and fellow gardeners if they have gardening equipment they no longer use. Granted, in this way, you won’t find equipment of the most superior quality. However, there are many online tutorials on how to fix old gardening tools and equipment to make them operational. For instance, if your lawnmower engine isn’t starting, it might be because of a clogged or dirty carburetor. So, you will need to learn how to clean your lawnmower’s carburetor to make it work properly.

Seep Benefits from Perennials

Growing your own perennials from the seed is one of the best ways to save on your gardening budget. If you are a beginner, you will find it intimidating at first. However, the fact is it doesn’t take rocket science to grow your own plants. After some time, you can divide the perennials to grow more plants.

Clump-forming perennials like Astrantia, geraniums, and geums can help achieve an average-sized garden within a short period. Herbaceous perennials like rosemary and lavender tend to last for years in garden borders.

Think about the total area of your planting beds, and you can plant five perennials and shrubs for every meter. You don’t have to go out and shop for the perennials. You can get a small cutting even from your fellow gardeners in the neighborhood, which will help cut down your budget even more. 

Use Compost for Your Soil

Fertilizers and commercial soil mixes can be super expensive if you buy them from the market. But organic matter and garden green waste are inexpensive and efficient ways to enrich the soil with nutrients.

Composting can turn lawn clippings, leaf litter, food scraps, pet hair, household paper, and other organic materials into nutrient-rich soil. You can mix crushed eggshells or some seaweed into the compost for more nutrients.

Upcycle & Repurpose

Upcycling items already found in your garden is one of the best ways to save money on your garden. Plants are already expensive, and then planters, arbors, and other hardscape materials on the top can shoot up your budget. For instance, you can use clear plastic food containers to start planting instead of looking for an expensive pot.

You can use scrap metal or wood to create trellises. Similarly, if you want to edge your garden beds, you can repurpose bricks or lumber. Some gardens also use broken concrete and not expensive flagstone, giving the garden a more urban and finished look. Ultimately, it all comes down to what is available in your garden and how you make the most out of it.

Add Paint

Decorating is also an imperative part of creating a lush and beautiful garden. Start with painting your garden’s walls, pots, and other notable surfaces. Painting can help lift and transform the garden.

It is recommended to use specialist outdoor paint as it can last long without damaging the surfaces. A bold color like black is also a good idea to add more depth to your garden.

Choose Gravel

Garden landscaping is another expense that can be difficult to deal with. You will need a solid surface for sitting areas in the garden, but for everywhere else, you can resort to cheaper gravel or bark.

Both materials are cheap and readily available in the market. You can lay them on the landscape fabric, keeping the weeds down.

Learn Garden Laboring Yourself

Labor costs can be one of the most expensive elements of your gardening budget. So you need to be open to working around your lawn. From planting to laying a new lawn to simple plumbing and raising beds, there are many DIY tutorials available out there that you can utilize.

This doesn’t mean you’ll also jump into complicated tasks like brickwork and extensive lightning. You will need to resort to a professional’s help for some tasks.

Don’t Forget the Lighting

Lighting is always one of the best ways to add an extra dimension to your garden. And you can also be creative when it comes to saving lighting costs. For instance, you can use solar lighting from the get-go to save money in the long run.

Waterproof festoon lights are one of the most flexible and cheap solutions to light your garden. Cheaper spotlights are great if you want to hide your garden lighting. But if you want to make your garden more attractive, you can go for more decorative lighting by searching marketplaces and yard sales.

However, it is recommended that you consult a professional electrician before opting for any lighting. You might have to install extra pipework, and cable runs for certain lighting; hence, it is always best to go to a specialist first.

The Final Takeaway

A garden can elevate any home’s vibe, and contrary to popular beliefs, you don’t have to spend fortunes creating your garden. You just have to be creative in how you build it. For instance, you can plant your own seeds instead of buying pre-grown plants.

Try upcycling materials already found in your backyard to help declutter and save money on extra gardening costs. Most importantly, stay connected with your fellow gardening community to learn gardening tips and tricks.

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