If you are like most people, you pay a small fortune to keep your yard looking great. For example, everything from watering your lawn and buying fertilizer to maintaining the lawn mower and paying the lawn care crew to clean up your yard can result in hundreds of dollars or more per month in expenses in some cases. You could let your lawn and flower gardens go, but you would face diminished curb appeal as a result. With this in mind, you may ask yourself how you can save money on lawn care without sacrificing its overall care and upkeep?
Schedule Less Frequent Lawn Care Services
When you think about everything that needs to be done to take care of your yard, you may get tired just thinking about it. Mowing, trimming, weed eating, mulching, pulling weeds and more can take hours of your time each week. However, not everything needs to be done on a weekly basis during the growing season. Mowing and trimming may only take an hour or so of your time, depending on how large the yard is. You may consider mowing on your own, and scheduling less frequent but more involved service from the lawn care crew. For example, they may provide a complete service once a month, and you may care for the yard in between with your moderate efforts.
A smart idea to consider is to eliminate most or all of your lawn area with xeriscaping. Xeriscaping essentially means that you are incorporating native vegetation into your space in an attractive way. It requires careful planning, but the result is that you could eliminate the need to water your lawn as frequently, and your lawn care needs could dramatically drop. This is because native vegetation thrives in the local environment without much care or attention.
Investing in a Smart Irrigation System
You may have heard that irrigation systems can waste water, and this can be true in some cases. However, a well-designed, smart system makes sense if you want to save water. This is because the sprinkler heads can be finely tuned so that all areas of the yard are evenly watered. This can be difficult to accomplish through your efforts with a hose and sprinkler. Furthermore, there are intelligent features with the latest sprinkler systems that can monitor daylight hours and weather conditions to adjust the settings automatically. This saves you, even more, water while ensuring that the lawn receives the water it needs.
Create a Compost Pile
You may also eliminate the cost of fertilizer by investing in a compost pile. This is easy enough to do, and you simply have to save your food scraps, lawn clippings and more. Over time, your compost pile will create organic fertilizer that your yard and gardens will love. This can also be used as a type of mulch over flower beds to dress them up in a healthy, eco-friendly way.
For the maximum savings on lawn care, incorporate a combination of most or all of these tips to improve your space and efforts.