We all know there's no such thing as a cheap lunch, unless you grow your own. In the same way, there's no such thing as a cheap landscape gardener...... In the end you get what you pay for..... If you are on a tight budget, these tips could help keep the cost of hard landscaping as cheap as possible, without compromising on quality.
You should be able to buy secondhand paving slabs cheap....... Get them free even..... Anyone renovating their garden will be pleased to have them taken up and cleared away, saving them money too, you may break one or two taking them up, but still save money, especially if you are not to fussy about colour.
Recycled house bricks and walling stone can also be cheap to buy, but recycled real stone flagstones can work out expensive.
Even if you are having the work done for you and have a neighbour who wants the old slabs and will remove them, make it clear to the landscape gardener you are asking to quote that the area will be cleared, saving the clearance part of the price.
Don't waste money buying expensive plants for your borders and raised beds after you have saved money with the hard landscaping. Many good plants can be purchased cheaply if you avoid large garden centers. They are the most expensive way to buy plants, DIY chain stores like B&Q and Homebase can be cheaper than nurseries or garden centers. Roadside stalls selling homegrown plants are normally good value and if local, you can be pretty sure the plants will suit your type of soil, the same goes for car boot sellers.
Friends and neighbours are the cheapest option and might be pleased to let you have surplus Seedlings and cuttings. Perennials are always good value as are bulbs like Daffodils and other varieties of narcissi, snowdrops and crocuses that come up and multiply every year.
Healthy plants. It is important to make sure that wherever you buy your plants, they are healthy and will grow in your type of garden soil, or any savings are a false economy, the plants will die or introduce disease. It is expensive and impossible in the long-term to try changing your soil type. Grow what will grow, it is cheaper and easier.
Planting plans for most gardens, sunny areas, shade, slopes, damp and soil types can be found free on the net. To get the most out of your garden and plants, it is a good idea to follow one.
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