How to Save Money on Yard Work
A beautiful yard is an attractive feature for homeowners, yet the upkeep can be cumbersome and costly. Here’s a quick look at how you can save money on yard work while making your yard a place you want to spend time:
- Xeriscape: In dryer climates especially, daily watering and irrigation systems can add considerably to a homeowner’s budget. Xeriscaping is a form of landscaping that requires little-to-no irrigation. Consider replacing water-intensive landscape features, such as grass lawns and flower beds, with decorative rocks, gravel and low-maintenance cacti that are not only more affordable, but much easier to maintain.
- Watering: If your yard does requires watering, do so with a hose. Experts say in-ground, clock-timed irrigation systems use up to 50 percent more water than they need to, even if they are programmed by a professional.
- Weeding: Weeds can be a constant battle for homeowners. Rather than using expensive commercial products to combat these irritants, spray them with vinegar. It’s more affordable and better for the environment. You can also use ground covers, such as gravel or wood chips, to inhibit weed growth.
- Artificial Grass: Artificial grass has come a long way in recent years, mimicking the texture and aesthetic of natural grass. While the initial investment can be expensive, replacing your live lawn can save big bucks (and time) long-term by eliminating watering, seeding, mowing and other maintenance.
- Cleanup: When your yard gets overgrown, it can be tempting to call a professional to clean it up. Set aside a day once a month to trim bushes, rake leaves, weed and perform other tasks. Enlist the help of your family and celebrate with a picnic or barbeque when the chores are complete.