Five 'Plan Now' Money Saving Tips For Spring Lawn Care
Lawns can be expensive. They need seed, water, fertilizer, and equipment for maintenance. As a money savvy homeowner with many different expenses, you want to plan out your lawn care with your wallet in mind. Here are some great ways to cut down on your lawn care costs. By thinking ahead, you can save money on your lawn in the spring and summer.
- Plant native trees. When choosing trees and shrubs, go native. Many homeowners try to plant exotic flora that requires expensive care and more water than typically falls in their area. Native trees and shrubs are adapted to the rainfall and growing conditions of your region. As an added bonus, planting native evergreens can block the winter winds and cut down on your home heating costs and shade trees can cut down on your cooling costs. As a super extra bonus, if you plant fruit trees, you may also get some tasty fruit as part of the bargain.
- Make your own compost. Whether it’s a vermicomposting bin or a mulch pile, making your own compost instead of buying it from a lawn supply store can save you big bucks on lawn care. The mulch you make yourself is free, after all, and free beats paying for things every single time.
- Keep your mower blades sharp. Sometimes you have to spend a little money to save a lot of money. When your mower blades are sharp, they will make a cleaner cut on your lawn. This prevents grass blades from being damaged. By keeping your grass from being damaged, you will need less fertilizer, less water, and you will reduce the likelihood that you will need to re-seed your lawn. The frequency with which you sharpen your mower blades varies depending on the size of your lawn but try to sharpen once every 15 to 20 mows.
- Share equipment rentals. Some lawn and garden tasks require using pieces of equipment that you don’t want to buy because you only use them once or twice a year. If you need to rent a piece of lawn equipment like an aerator or a tiller for your garden, try to coordinate with a neighbor to split the cost.
- Invest in rain barrels. Here’s another investment that will require you to spend a little money in the short term to save a lot of money in the long run; rain barrels. Rain barrels are barrels that collect rainwater from your gutter-system. You can attach a hose to the barrels and use rainwater to water your lawn and garden. Many areas have tax incentives for rain barrel use. Learn if your area has rain barrel incentives here: http://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/rainwater-harvesting.aspx.