Dreaming about a garden of your own but concerned about the costs of equipment and supplies? Here are 6 tips to help you save on gardening costs this spring/summer:
1.) Share equipment - Instead of spending a lot to get equipment, talk to your neighbors about sharing some of your gardening gear. Let your neighbor use some tools you own, like your weed-whacker and trimmer, in exchange for use of their gardening tools.
2.) Buy used gear - Save big on gardening equipment by looking for second-hand tools and machines. Check out local gargage sales or sites like Craigslist or eBay for quality equipment at bargain prices. Be sure to give the pre-owned tool a test before finalizing a sale.
3.) Rent equipment - Many retailers rent out a variety of gardening tools at great rates during the spring and summer months. This way, you’ll have access to quality equipment when you need it at a price you can afford.
4.) Shop the dollar store - You’ll find loads of gardening supplies, like seeds, markers, buckets and planters, at rock-bottom prices at dollar stores.
5.) Shop the sales - Larger gardening equipment, like mowers and tillers, are usually featured at Memorial Day sale events, making the start of summer an excellent time to stock up on pricey garden tools. Flowerpots, garden décor, lawn furniture and select plants will retail at blowout prices during the clearance sales at the end of July. You’ll also see some wilting flowers on sale now. Don’t let those drooping leaves scare you. If you find a marked-down perennial that’s past its blooming window, check for strong roots and stems. A firmly rooted perennial that’s planted late in the season is likely to recover by next spring if well cared-for, and it will reward you with beautiful, healthy flowers.
6.) Buy seeds - Buying young transplants is a lot easier and quicker than starting from scratch, but there’s a big difference in price. You can pick up a packet of flower or vegetable seeds for less than a dollar in many nurseries. You’ll also have a much broader choice when you buy seeds, and raising a plant from seedling to vegetable or flower is a uniquely rewarding experience.
Use these helpful tips to bring your dream garden to life without draining your wallet. Happy gardening!