The Frugal Gardener
We all want a nice landscape. For some you’d rather call and get design and installation help, we can help you there. For do-it-yourself project-goers, there is no time like the present to embrace frugal gardening tips.
- Seeds – Many flowers begin to form seedpods in the autumn. Gather these seeds and store them in small jars or envelopes for planting next year.
- Creeping Plants – These types of plants should be spread out. Many can easily be clipped. New plants will begin growing and developing from the clippings.
- Divide – Dividing plants is a great way to increase inventory, without giving up any spectacular beauty. Hostas and bleeding hearts can easily be divided and they’re known for filling out quickly.
- Crowded Bulbs – Tulips, daffodils, and other bulbs multiply each year. Instead of overcrowding areas, consider dividing the bulbs and spreading them out. For dahlias, tubers can be safely stored in a coffee can and replanted in the spring.
- Uprooted – Keeping a box with adequate soil just for uprooted clippings can help save a small fortune. Everyone has gardening mishaps – the periwinkle plant that gets ripped up by the lawn mower, strawberry starts, etc. Consider placing these in a designed area throughout the summer and replanting them in the fall months.
- Share – If people have friends that live near the woods, consider asking to dig up ferns for any shady areas. These will frequently grow to waist high and make an exceptional impact alongside any home or shady driveway.
- Trees – Trees shoot upstarts throughout the year. Instead of treating them as weeds, consider placing them in areas where they can be fostered and will grow.
- Root Shoots – Some plants offer excellent opportunities for propagation. Soaking roots, for example, can easily start the Rose of Sharon.
- Buying Plants – Instead of focusing on annuals, when buying plants look specifically for perennials, as these come back year after year. Opt for containers that feature more than one plant and see if any of the starts can be further divided.
- Sales – Plants tend to go on sale later in the season. This includes flats, hanging baskets, bulbs, and even pots. Root-bound plants may be further discounted and all they generally require is additional tender loving care.
- Patience – Yards don’t look perfect overnight and landscape gardening is an evolving process. Plants grow and fill in spaces over several years, so opting for smaller starts that are less expensive are beneficial in the long run.
- Care – A little yard maintenance and care goes a long way. To help preserve landscaping investments, homeowners should take great care to weed, mulch and maintain their yards regularly. This helps ensure that plants receive the much-needed care they require for maximum health and beauty.
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