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Learn how to save money on maintaining your garden. Find discounts on gardening supplies. Even estimate how much you will save (or not) by growing your own food instead of buying from your local market.

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  • Look for freebies and sales for gardening discounts
    There are many places to look for gardening bargains outside of traditional nurseries. Garden clubs, botanical centers, arboretums and plant societies often hold plant and flower sales. Cities often give away free trees, compost and mulch to a [...]
  • Buy out of season plants
    Although the bulk of gardeners head to the nurseries in Spring to start planting, better bargains can often be found in Summer and Fall when nurseries need to get rid of their excess stock. Some plants can be found in the off-season for a tenth of [...]
  • Smaller is cheaper
    It might be tempting to purchase plants that are already big and beautiful, but starting smaller is a wise gardening investment. Small plants can be a third of the price of larger plants. And, they often adjust better to new soil and surroundings [...]
  • Dollar store finds: gardening bargains
    Essential gardening items like gloves, tools, watering cans and even seeds can often be found at the local dollar store. You can save 50-75% or more versus traditional gardening stores. Search LOZO for more "dollar store finds."
  • Start out with seeds instead of plants
    This holds true for annual flowers, herbs and vegetables. Seeds are significantly cheaper than flats of flowers. Although growing from seed will take a little bit longer, it will save a lot of money, plus it will give extra satisfaction to watch the [...]
  • Reinvest your seeds
    Save seeds from this year's vegetables and herbs to save money on next year's plantings. This is one of the cheapest ways to maintain and build up a healthy vegetable garden. Save the seeds from abundantly-seeding herbs, as well as vegetables like [...]
  • Share seeds, plant clippings and equipment with friends and family
    Gardening costs can add up, so it's great to share costs where possible. Most seed packets come with many more seeds than the average gardener needs, so share and trade seeds with gardening buddies or family and friends. Do the same with plant [...]
  • Divide up your perennials for "free" new plants
    Perennials are great plants for filling up the garden, especially since one plant can often be divided into three or four after a year's growth. A one gallon perennial can cost $9 at a nursery, which adds up. Divide one perennial currently in the [...]
  • Save water with drought-tolerant plants
    Outdoor water use accounts for nearly 20% of total home water use, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Adding drought-tolerant plants - plants that can survive a two- to three-month drought without supplemental watering - can [...]
  • Choose productive, easy-growing plants
    Research and choose the right plants to save time and money on gardening. This holds true for both flowers, plants and vegetables. Some will grow well in certain geographical areas, while others won't. Do a bit of research before planting, and [...]
  • Raid the cabinet: use toilet tissue rolls and newspapers for vegetable gardening
    Tubes from toilet tissue, wrapping paper or paper towels can be used as biodegradable seedling pots. For the more adventurous, newspaper can also be turned into little origami seedling pots, without the use of staples or glue. They are much cheaper [...]
  • Do your own landscaping
    Yes, it's labor intensive, but doing most of your own landscaping will also save a lot of money. The cost of a $4 perennial will increase to more than $10 if a professional landscaper plants it. The price of bushes and trees will often double when [...]
  • Landscape in zones, with a phased approach, to get the most bang for your buck
    Do a bit of yard surveillance before embarking on a new landscaping project. See what areas get full sun and which areas get a lot of shade. Then, plant accordingly. Group shade-seekers together and sun-lovers together. Keep plants that require a [...]
  • Use less fertilizer
    Most people use fertilizer in larger quantities and more often than necessary. This means wasted money and unnecessary harm to the environment. Over fertilizing will turn a lawn green quickly, but it will also make it vulnerable to disease, weeds [...]
  • Cut fertilizer costs by 30% by mulching
    When doing lawn maintenance, leave the lawn clippings where they fall, instead of bagging them and throwing them away. The clippings will fertilize the soil, not to mention saving money on fertilizer, and all that time bagging up lawn cuttings. If [...]
  • Save $5 per bag of compost by making your own fertilizer and mulch
    Store-bought compost can be expensive - $5 for a small bag. Making your own at home is simple. Grab a few old 2 x 4s and some chicken wire to build a compost box. Fill the compost box with yard waste and food scraps and make sure to mix it up once [...]
  • Save money and water by using a rainwater collection system for the garden
    When doing lawn maintenance, leave the lawn clippings where they fall, instead of bagging them and throwing them away. The clippings will fertilize the soil and save money on fertilizer, not to mention all that time bagging up lawn cuttings. If you [...]
  • Maintain your plants so you don't have to replace them
    Once a garden is established, take care of the plants and trees in it. Garden maintenance doesn't stop once plants and trees are in the ground. Watering, feeding and pruning are all essential for maintaining tree health and growth. Look at [...]
  • Maintain your mower and mow frequently
    The key to a thick, green lawn is frequent mowing, which will keep the grass growing strong and also keep out weeds. Good, sharp blades on the lawnmower will cut grass faster and cleaner than dull blades. Also, dull blades rough up the grass, making [...]
  • Avoid mowing a wet lawn or cutting a lawn too short
    Don't cut the lawn too short, because it will respond by growing faster. Also, lower mowed lawns require more water and herbicides - i.e., more work and money - to keep them going. So aim to cut no more than a third of the lawn's height at one time. [...]
 
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