6 Budget Savvy Tips for Landscaping Your Home


I'm back to my first love these days - gardening! I love being in the garden, digging, planting, sowing and enjoying. This house will be the 6th that I've landscaped and because I always seem to buy houses that have no landscaping, I have learned how to do it on the cheap.



Here are some of my best tips:

#1 - Use as many free materials in your landscape as you can. Every part of the world has at least one thing in abundance that you can use for free, be it gravel, rocks or stones; wood, pallets or pine needles; dumpsters, landfill sites or Craig's List and Freecycling networks as cheap sources for repurposed items. Find out what's in your own neighbourhood or town and use it!  I've used my local freecycling network to find plants and shrubs for free. I got a whole lilac hedge that way, it really works!!

Recycled fence & old table potting bench with
chunky spindle split in half to dress up the front legs.


Pine needle and bark mulch  path

Repurposed dresser as garden storage & potting bench
Rock sculpture
Stones and gravel with thyme planted in between as a patio (this is an early stage photo,
thyme grows really fast once established)

One year later - see what I mean?

#2 - Beg for plant divisions or cuttings from family, friends and neighbours. Anyone who has perennials , bulbs or tubers will have to be dividing them up every so often and will be happy to let you have the extras.


Liatris aka Gayfeather and Black Eyed Susans
Yarrow, chives and peonies

#3 - Look for local gardening clubs, they usually have plant sales once or twice a year to raise money for the club and you can get beautiful plants for much less than gardening centers sell them.  Plus you know they will survive in your climate because the local gardeners have grown them.



Begonia

#4 - Watch for end-of-season sales.  You can pick up loads of plants at a discount from department stores that have seasonal garden centers.  That's where you can pick up your trees and shrubs for less and save big!


#5 - Grow your own plants from seed.  Some plants are super simple to grow, you can even just toss the seeds out in your garden at the right time and they'll grow well.  Hardy geraniums, sunflowers and pansies are easy to start from seed.  Poppies and cosmos are good examples of seeds you can just sow directly in the garden.  Opium poppies can even be sown while there is still snow on the garden!

Poppies
Hardy geraniums

#6 - Grow plants that self-seed or spread easily.  Examples are creeping thyme, culinary thyme, Johnny Jump-ups, Ladies' Mantle, campanula, euphorbia, lamium, bugleweed, poppies and bee balm.  I don't quite understand the desire for growing borderline plants in the garden.  I personally don't want to drag some plant kicking and screaming into my garden, I'd much rather have ones that are happily growing and flowering and self-seeding all over.


White and pink lamium  aka Deadnettle and hosta

The best part about rampant growers and self-seeders is that every year, you can dig up the extras and sell them at a yard sale to make some extra cash for the landscaping items that you can't get for free.

If you want to know what epsom salts can do for your garden, click on the photo below:



Hope I've been able to give you at least one tip you can use.  Happy gardening!




With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!

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64 comments:

  1. I am not a gardener so yours tips are great for me. Most of what is in my sad little garden have been given to me from friends. Gardening is hard work :)

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  2. Great ideas! I'm going to be checking around for some free plants in my area now!

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  3. What a fabulous post! Some of these were not things I'd thought of before... and I did NOT know that you could start hardy geraniums from seed!!!

    ~Chris

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  4. Your yard looks beautiful! I did seriously think about throwing some flower seeds out on the outskirts of my yard to see what would happen. I like flowers, but I'm not too much into the work it takes to really have that beautifully groomed yard. Thanks for posting some suggestions for other plant options. :-)

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  5. Exactly what we've been doing around here! Using some fencing that someone trashed, diving perennials, etc.

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  6. Great tips Anne and beautiful inspiration! We have lots of rocks around us.Especially in our soil.It has become free decor for our garden!
    xx
    Anne

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  7. Good advice. Also call your county extension office-they have free classes and seminars given by university professors. Extension Master Gardeners also have plant sales.

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    1. Good tip! Thanks for popping in!

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  8. Fantastic tips Anne!....and I love that potting bench!...I need to barter with my neighbors for cuttings!!

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  9. It's all so beautiful! I especially love the black-eyed susans with the Greyfeather. Such a pretty combination. I need to find some space for a potting bench!!!

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    1. Sherry! Every gardener MUST have a potting bench :) Thanks for popping in!

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  10. Those are all such great ideas Anne! I love your repurposed dresser and especially the stone sculpture. What did you use to hold the rocks together? Your flowers are beautiful! I've grown many of them, except for poppies, which I've always wanted to try. The one thing I would caution about (only because I've learned the hard way) is to make sure that any perennials you plant are not considered invasive in your area. I made that mistake with some Gooseneck Loosestrife. I fell in love with it at the hardware store, but didn't do my research. The three I brought home quickly took over an entire bed, choking out everything else I had spent so much time caring for. It took me over a year to completely eradicate it. Grrr....!! If you must have plants like that, they're best kept in containers where they can't spread. Have an awesome day!

    Debbie

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  11. Your gardens look wonderful Anne and thanks for the tips - loved your potting bench too!!

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  12. What a gorgeous home you have Anne! I love those yellow poppies too! Pinned!

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  13. Love your garden, how pretty and how fun. Great yard accessories too. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  14. You've given me more than one tip I can use thankyouverymuch! I'm intrigued...did you drill holes in those rocks to make your sculpture?? I love it!

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  15. Oh goodness, I just love your gardens! Great tips! I could spend everyday digging in the dirt!

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  16. Beautiful Anne. Stick with your first love.

    Bliss

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  17. So beautiful! It just goes to show that you don't have to spend a bunch to have a pretty yard!

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  18. Such a beautiful garden, I love the furniture you've incorporated too!

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  19. Anne, I love your talent. I've been in my home for almost 7 years and the only landscaping I have are the hedges planted in the late 70's. You give awesome inspiration. Just started vegetable gardening this year. Hope to expand my interest.

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  20. Great tips Anne and I love these images. That potting bench is great. Have fun in the garden and enjoy!! What are you planning to plant?

    Cynthia

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  21. Fantastic Tips..Thanks for sharing!

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  22. You are so right in your gardening tips, Anne. I am a Master Gardener, and I've used several of these tips to great effect in our garden, which was a hilly patch of weeds when we moved into our home 11 years ago. It's a verdant oasis now! I just went to our local garden club plant sale last weekend, and picked up 2 flats of plants plus a free 2-gallon planter, and I only paid a little over $17 for the whole shebang! And I always start annuals for hanging baskets and containers from seed--way cheaper than buying from a nursery--plus I winter over container fillers like geranium and fuchsias so I don't have to buy so many each new season.

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  23. Love that stone sculpture, Anne. How did you keep it standing? Did you use silicone? Want to make one for mt own garden.

    And of all the things I do - cook, decorate, renovate, refurbish furniture, bake.....it's gardening that is my fondest passion.

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    1. Thank you Heather! It is held together by glue (silicone) and there's a bamboo pole stuck in the ground and glued to it to hold it upright.

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    2. Whoa .... You didn't drill holes in the rocks ?

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  24. Anne, those are all great tips, thank you. It's nice to hear from someone in my part of the world. As much as I love Crepe Myrtle, (I have seen it on many southern usa blogs) it will never grow in my garden, so thanks for all of your wonderful tips. And listen, would you please come to Winnipeg and help me with placement of my plants? :)
    Hugs, Cindy

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  25. All of these are great, and that last plant is my absolute favorite!

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  26. I like the potting bench in particular and think I even have an old piece of fence...hmmm. How did you do the rock sculpture? Particularly, how did you drill holes in the rock?
    I also come with good news. You won the Speedy Vegetable Gardener in the most recent book draw. Congratulations! Can you please email me your home address so I can get the book off to you in the mail. I can be reached at jenc_art@hotmail.com

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  27. Wow - looks so gorgeous! Very inspiring, I feel like going out right now to hunt for something free!

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  28. So many great tips! Your gardens are beautiful :)

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  29. Lovely gardening designs...love the shot of your mulch and pine needle pathway!

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  30. Wow Anne, your thumb is def not black, like mine! I love the way you've done your gardening, so welcoming and very organic, not stuffy or over planned! You say this is your first love, it really shows! Thanks for the tips!

    ~ Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

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  31. Anne, are those all your garden pictures??? WOW...awesome

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  32. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Good advice given here! Better to repurpose things than see then go to the dump. My garden shed has someone's old kitchen cupboards in it and an old laundry tub family didn't want any more. Most of the rocks are from the fields around us and my list goes on like yours. Makes you feel good to reuse things, doesn't it?
    I like the stone sculpture, pretty unique.

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  33. Really a very interesting post Anne!
    I looooooove gardening too!
    Silvia

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  34. My entire garden right now is done from clippings. Don't know where I'd be without the plant splittings and clippings I have received ;)

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  35. Anne, all great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Your garden is beautiful.
    Have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend and stay close to the soil!

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

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  36. I've been working in my yard, I have a very stubborn area in the front between the bunnies and the shade, It has been a struggle to make something happen. Not to mention that don't want to break the bank. You definitely have some great ideas on how I might accomplish this just yet!! Your yard is simply beautiful!! Thanks, Anne

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  37. Such beautiful ideas, Anne. I love that you have done all of this on a budget. We are house hunting and my husband is always scared away by big yards. Will share your post with him!

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  38. Anne, your garden is lovely, and I love all of your ideas!

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  39. Really enjoyed your tips and pics, I did not know about freecycling. I will be looking into that down here in Florida

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  40. Hi Anne, I saw your post over at Treasure Hunt Thursday. Your garden and flowers are just gorgeous! Love that photo of your pine needle and mulch path, it looks like a scene right out of the movie My Secret Garden. The rock sculpture is great too! Have a great day!
    Gina

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  41. Anne, I may have already commented on this post but would you tell me more about the rock statue? Did you make it? Do you have rebar running through it? Is it glued together? I love it and want to make one of my own.

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    1. Silicone to glue together and bamboo stake tied on with twine. What the eye can't see...

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  42. I like the stacked stones best of all, I was wondering how you got them to stand , thanks for telling us , makes me want to go home and work in the rain in my flower gardens LOL
    I live in central Missouri and the rain won't stop

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  43. great tips Anne! Everything looks fabulous!!!

    gail

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  45. Awesome tips and so pretty! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  46. Oh my, I just found your blog and fell in love;)
    Great tips and tutorials!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity;)
    I`m your new follower!
    Love and hugs
    Lydia

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  47. Anne, you've been featured at Give Me The Goods! Head on over and grab a button!
    http://www.somuchbetterwithage.com/2013/06/features-no-10-from-give-me-goods.html
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  48. Anne,
    You have a beautiful garden and I especially love the potting bench and storage.
    Thanks for the tips!
    Marie @ Substance of Living

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  49. Anne,
    You have a beautiful garden and I love the potting bench and storage.
    Thank you for the tips!
    Marie @ Substance of Living

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  50. Love the shady, closed in parts of your yard; cozy, inviting and lovely to look at. Thanks for sharing!
    I'm a big gardener too and have done my yard on next to nothing. http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

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  51. good tips, but I do have a concern about the re-purposed dresser.. it has been my experience that when wood furniture has been left outside in the rain, it swells up and the drawers do not open properly

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    1. Good point! This one is under a deck roof and is put away in the garage over the winter months, but you are quite right about wood swelling.

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  52. Love all the tips...The one I use often is getting starts from my neighbors and friends...I give as much as I get...I love sharing flowers!

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    1. That is fabulous! Once you have things growing, there's more than enough to go around - several times!!

      xox

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  53. Wow Anne, what a beautiful landscaping job that was done right there. Just looking at the pictures had me thinking about my grandmother's backyard and how it would be nice to change it up a little. Well, my plan together with that of my brother is to change the grass and build a garden bed for her new flowers.

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    1. Best wishes with your plan! I love starting up new landscaping - so many possibilities!!

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