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Three Tips for Stretching Those Landscaping Dollars

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

Let's face it: landscaping is expensive. Landscaping companies provide a very valuable service, saving us time, effort, and in some cases, cost. But even as homeowners begin to start spending a little more on home improvement projects, the economy is still struggling, and stretching our dollars is still important. Here are a few tips for making your landscaping dollars go a little further.

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1. Choose a really great tree.

Get the most out of your landscaping investment by choosing a tree that really "pops" and makes a dramatic statement in your front yard. Here are some suggestions:

  • Japanese maples: these beauties offer an elegant, artistic statement to a yard, with twisted branches and delicate foliage that comes in a range of colors from green to purple.
  • Bloodgood trees: many homeowners like this choice for its color during the spring and summer. Its leaves stay bright red even during the warmer months.
  • Crimson queen: this is a classic tree for autumn. It becomes a beautiful bright orange during the fall months.

2. Less is more.

The less you spend on your landscaping, the more you save, and the less anxiety you have over yard maintenance. This may sound strange, but opting for a simpler landscaping design that is sustainable and efficient will bring you (and your yard) more happiness than a complex, expensive job that may not suit your property or your budget as well. Going with strategic landscaping moves (like choosing a dramatic tree) is smarter than trying to give your yard too much variety or texture.

3. Install an irrigation system.

While this step increases your initial costs, it protects your overall investment in your yard. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make is spending a pretty penny on landscaping and then letting it wilt and weaken. An irrigation system preserves the work landscaping companies perform, and most new systems do it efficiently. Water sensors help conserve water and keep your landscaping plants healthy.

Cutting back on your landscaping services during the fall and winter months help you increase your savings, but remember not to cut back too far. If you live in a warmer climate, regular watering and yard maintenance can be crucial to keeping your yard healthy until spring.


About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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