Budget Landscaping

by Merissa on July 3, 2012

in Frugal Living Tips, Thrifty Living

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Landscaping is not one of my many talents. Sure I like to plant flowers and I like everything looking pretty but I'm not really the best at getting it that way!

The picture above is what I put together for my side door (which is the main one). I picked up the 2 bottom containers at a rummage sale for $2 each. I purchased plastic containers to put inside them and hold all the dirt in for around $2 each as well. The bucket on the top I paid less than $1 for. I purchased it at an auction in a group of buckets so we got a great deal. And ignore my flowers right now....my chickens came right up on the deck and decided to eat some off!

So my little flower tower decor on my deck cost right around $10 for the whole thing. I didn't think that was too bad for some prettiness around my house!

How do you landscape? What are some of your budget landscaping tips?

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1 RevAllyson July 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Right now, we’re at the stage of trying to make sure our lawn is flat and not a miniature roller coaster destined to break ankles. LOL… I had been given some cosmo and marigold seeds last fall, and I sprouted them indoors in February and March. I planted them outside a month ago and they’re doing quite nice.

We just moved into this house, so everything’s a shambles, but we took a space that had plants growing in it and built a used-brick edge around it, filled it with much better dirt, weeded and aerated and took care of the plants that were there. Then I put my cosmos in with the plants that were already there. And when the boy-twin gave me a hydrangea for Mother’s Day, that went into the corner of the garden where it wouldn’t shade anything else.

Out at the front of our driveway, I built a small two tiered garden bed. The top/middle tier has marigolds and some bulbs in it. The bottom tier is filled with strawberries (some made it, and some didn’t). I’ll replace the failed ones this fall, and next spring the top tier will be filled with new strawberry plants. All in all, it’ll end up holding about 100 plants, I’d guess, which should be enough for our family. :)

I’m all for edible landscaping, personally. We have rose bushes that were here when we got here, which is nice, and I’ll harvest the hips when they dry out. There’s an apple tree in the side yard and that’s quite lovely in the spring. I suppose the most “landscaping” I really do is to plant whatever seeds I have in “visible areas”. This year it was sunflower seeds. :)

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2 Lana July 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

I love your galvaized bucket planter! I have been picking up pots and containers for around 15 years at thrift stores and yard sales. They are like old friends every spring when I get them out of the garage for the summer. I am up to 112 planted this year. About 90 of them are on our very large deck and we so enjoy our flowers all summer. Many of my pots are geraniums that I have had for many years, I make new pots by taking cuttings and I over winter them in my garage. In the spring I get them out and cut them back rather severely and fertilize them. They take several weeks to get going but once they do they are beautiful all summer. I do use a slow release nonorganic fertilizer in my containers. (Osmocote) This does not bother me as I am not putting it in the ground around my property and it feeds the pots all summer. All of my geraniums are pink. Our youngest son is getting married in three weeks and our future DIL asked if she could use them outside the doors of the reception hall so free and frugal flowers for the wedding since the wedding is pink!

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3 Charity July 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Hi Merissa! Landscaping is a beast! I love landscaping, and I love to plant flowers. We budgeted pretty high when we moved into the home 10 years ago to landscape around the house. Then I did 4 corner gardens at our pool. However, I buy my plants at the end of the season when they are discounted anywhere from 30-80% off. I really like flowers – especially peonies. They are my all time favorite. I’m finding though that as I get older I want less landscaping and more of what is native to the area. I recently participated in a weed walk and it was the most fascinating thing I’ve done about nature in awhile. What we deem as weeds are actually beneficial plants that the Amish use to heal and cure injury disease and are simply edible but full of vitamins! Next year, we plan on putting in a miniature orchard at the bottom part of our property. It is getting an overhaul this summer by getting it dug out with streams and putting in drainage tile and a small pond for our geese. Then the rest of the area can be used to plant apple trees and other goodies. I’m excited at the prospects. I love landscaping, but I find putting in plants of use for food and healing are much more my style any more!

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4 Melannie July 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

For me it is all about bargains and patience. This year my peonies bloomed and it was worth it.

I typically wait till plants go on clearance before I buy; Peonies are normally $15-$20 and I got them for between $2 and $6. I have 6 all varied shades of pink, now I am hunting whites on the clearance racks.

My first year here bought a big bag of wildflower mix by Encap on sale. Even though it was mostly annuals, they have self seeded themselves for the last 3 years,

Calendulas, Poppies, Zinnias, Baby’s Breath and Bachelor buttons. Then I have added some Shasta daisies and black eyed susans (all were seed) which have come back perennially. That same year I bought a single elephant ear $5 (full price) but by taking care of it and digging it up the last 2 years it has now multiplied and I have 6 for the original price of one.

I have picked up 1/2 a dozen lilies for between $0.50 and $1. Once the flowers are all gone they lose their appeal to most others, which is fine with me. One I bought 3 years ago this year bloomed with 10 flowers on the main head and 4 satellite branches (?) blooms.

This year I bought 5 knock-out roses from Walmart for $2.50 a piece when they shut down the parking lot sale area. I also got 6 big containers planters of strawberries for $1.75 a piece.

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5 Savanna July 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Start from seed or bulbs is a great way to save money. I am in the process of creating new flower beds around our house (an old church that the old bushes where quite mangie and ugly, everything got ripped out when we replanted the yard last year). Another great way is to get starts from friends or family. Also planting perennials so they don’t need to be replaced the fallowing year. Reuse old hanging basket pots and plant your own flowers whether you buy from store or start from seed it will always be cheaper. Vinegar or boiling water works for weed control. Plus having compost or chicken manure for fertilizer. For pots and planters in need of soil it is much cheaper to buy a truck load of compost or garden dirt from one of those places that sells bark dust and such than it is to buy the bags of potting soil from the hardware store. If planting garden, use heirloom seeds so you can save some from produce for next years garden!

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6 Brandy Askins May 21, 2013 at 7:09 am

Marigolds and zinnias are the easiest to save seeds from and they sprout easily when just tossed around in pots and the ground. Divide your perrinials every year and spread them around. In my area I have been to several garage sales that had perrinials someone divided and had extras for dirt cheap. It is also useful to befriend some neighbors with nice yards many times they will give or trade plants free. Think outside the box for planter ideas almost anything can be used as a container to plant in ( old boots are cute). I also plant edibles amongst my flowers for interest and practicality. Never buy premade planters or hanging baskets when you can easily make them yourself.

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7 WandaL August 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

If you have relatives, friendly neighbors, or friends who are willing to let you divide perennials or harvest seeds, go for it. Just make sure that you leave their beds in better shape than when you started. Sometimes, just offering to thin old beds for an elderly person will get you a plethora of plants.

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