Landscaping Q & A
The following recommendations are offered to help you become a more knowledgeable consumer.
It is our belief that knowledgeable consumers make better service purchasing decisions.
Landscaping Service 101
- 1. Take the time to learn about the service you are considering purchasing.
- 2. Ask for the advice of local experts.
- 3. What should the service cost?
- 4. What is typically included in the service?
- 5. What level of training is typically required and is the service a licensed service by your state contractor’s license board?
- 6. Does the service provider offer references? Check them out!
- 7. For services above $1,000.00
Use fund control payment schedules that you can monitor and see so that you pay as the work progresses.
Xeriscaping (not zero scaping) is the art of water-wise gardening.
Xeriscaping has not only become very popular, but because of a lack of natural resources, has become a necessity in many areas.
In spite of it’s growing popularity, xeriscaping is still very much misunderstood by a lot of people. True xeriscaping is a very beautiful method of garden design that saves on resources, time and money.
The Japanese influence in gardens is more common than most people think. Sometimes it’s subtle while at other times it’s quite obvious.
12 Money Saving Landscaping Tips
Keeping costs down may be the toughest landscape challenge. Use our price guide as a starting point for your budget.
1. Estimating Costs
Trying to get yourself a bargain on the plants, soil, wood, and rocks you need to build up your outdoor living area means making sense of the huge variations in prices among sources and regions. As if that’s not challenging enough, prices for many materials — such as lumber — fluctuate quickly and seasonally.
Here are some tips to keep in mind as you shop for your yard.
2. Plan before you buy
Sketch your landscape design on paper before you start planting and building. Knowing exactly what you need and where you’re going to put it helps avoid wasting money.
3. Decide how much design you want
Although it’s less expensive to build a square patio or deck, it’s no bargain if you find the result so unappealing that you don’t use it. It may be worth it to pay a designer to create a space that you can really use.
4. Talk to a pro
You may not need to hire a landscape architect or designer to develop your whole project, but $50-$100 for an hour-long consultation is well worth the money if it saves you from costly mistakes later.
5. Buy in phases
Few people have the financial resources to landscape their property all at once. Divide your project into phases, and pay as you go with funds on hand. You’ll save on loan or credit costs and be able to evaluate your progress and adjust plans before moving to the next phase.
6. Don’t assume cheaper is always better
Economics of scale being what they are, home improvement warehouses typically offer the lowest prices for common plants and hardscaping materials, such as lumber. However, they may not have the selection and quality you find at more specialized sources. Also, a local specialty shop may provide more personal service, expert advice, and guarantees, which are all helpful if you’re a novice. When installing a pond, for example, it may be worth it to pay more through a source that specializes in water gardens, particularly if the staff can help you choose and install equipment. Plant prices may be higher at specialty nurseries, but many offer money-back guarantees on trees, shrubs, and bedding plants.
7. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a lush lawn
Accept cheaper when it’s good enough. With some items, there’s little difference in quality between top-of-the-line and economy.
8. Why pay more?
Take advantage of a home improvement warehouse’s volume buying power for bargains on common annuals and perennials, mulch, pavers, and containers. Inspect plants closely, however. A “big box” store may not care for them the way a nursery would.
9. Time your purchases
When you buy can be as important as where you buy. Lumber for outdoor projects is often cheaper during winter months. Save money on trees, shrubs, perennials, soil, and mulch by buying late in the season. Don’t rush out to buy newly released plant varieties, which may be expensive initially because supply is low and demand is high. When production catches up in a few years, prices will likely drop.
10. Shop online and mail-order sources
Catalogs and web sites expand your choices, especially for rare plants and specialized products. Shopping online or by phone is convenient, and prices may be lower than in stores, but don’t forget to include shipping costs when comparing prices with local sources.
11. Check alternate resources
Look beyond stores and catalogs for bargains. Arboretums and botanical centers often hold plant sales, and neighbors may have extra perennials to share. Some cities offer free mulch and compost, and construction and demolition sites can be sources of bricks and stones.
12. Being neighborly
Being neighborly cuts costs. Share the rental fee for tillers, chippers, or other heavy equipment with others on the block, then take turns and save.
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- Carlsbad CA, 92008 92009 92010 92011 92013 92018
- Del Mar CA, 92014
- Encinitas CA, 92023 92024
- Escondido CA, 92025 92026 92027 92029 92030 92033 92046
- Oceanside CA, 92049 92051 92052 92054 92055 92056 92057 92058
- Rancho Santa Fe CA, 92067 92091
- San Marcos and San Elijo Hills CA, 92068 92069 92078 92096
- Solana Beach CA, 92075
- Vista CA, 92081 92083 92084 92085
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