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Money saving tips for yard maintenance

May 21, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer (jpepin@miningjournal.net) , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - With the arrival of spring, many homeowners may be looking for tips on how to save money as they begin their landscaping projects.

"We've been quite busy since last weekend with a lot of people coming in and buying stuff," said Eric Meister, owner of Meister's Showplace in Harvey.

Meister said a lot of homeowners working on landscaping do so as a hobby and may not always be looking for cost-cutting measures. But for those who are, he said some ways to save money could include shopping for your own trees and shrubs, reading up on some basic landscape design before you begin, using the proper amounts of lawn and plant care products and taking good care of plants when they are first put into the ground.

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Tree and shrub shopping tips included shopping end-of-the-season sales, planting sturdy slow-growing trees and purchasing small sized plants, which are cheaper than buying small trees. (Journal file photo)

For a wider list of tips and suggestions, not surprisingly, Better Homes and Gardens has a good number of helpful ideas suggested in a list of "45 Money-Saving Landscape Tips."

When shopping, the list suggests comparison shopping, seeking free advice from county extension agents and horticulturists, buying used when you can and not overplanting.

To save money dealing with soil, test soil to diagnose exactly what additives you may need, use free manure and make you own compost.

Some lawn tips included feeding your lawn sensibly, leaving grass clippings, not cutting your lawn too short to save on watering costs and saving money by planting grass seed, rather than sod.

For flower gardening, save money by saving surplus seeds that can be kept viable for years if stored properly, planting seeds directly into the ground to save money on potting mixtures, trays and other items and planting cost-effective native plants.

Mulching tips included use recycled newspapers rather than pay for black plastic or landscaping fabric, chop up fallen leaves for mulch rather than paying for disposal, get free sawdust from mills for mulch and gather wood chips.

Tree and shrub shopping tips included shopping end-of-the-season sales, planting sturdy slow-growing trees and purchasing small sized plants, which are cheaper than buying small trees.

For patios, paths, decks and ponds, Better Homes and Gardens suggested recycling bricks, consider alternative building materials and visiting constructions sites, getting permission from landowners to re-use stones, bricks and other materials from construction projects.

Meister said the landscaping push usually continues through mid-June.

To see more Better Homes and Gardens landscaping money saving tips, visit: www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/landscape-basics/stretch-your-landscape-dollar

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.

 
 

 

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