Tips to giving you garden a fresh look without breaking the bank

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Whether you are preparing to plant a new vegetable garden, doing a complete garden renovation overhaul or simply completing a landscaping project, it’s easy to go over your budget if you don’t plan the work accordingly. As with any financial planning, you’ll need to decide what part of your project is an upfront necessity and how you will complete your revamping goals without cutting any corners. Here are some tips that we have come up with that will help you save money.

Transform rather than toss

At the start of any home or garden renovation project, it’s so easy to want to get in and rip everything out in order to begin the process from scratch. However, many things have the ability to be repurposed and used again in a more functional way. For example, old fence pickets can be used to make a beautiful, new gate for your garden.

Swap your bulk supply of plants

If you want to save money on buying fresh flowers, maybe consider swapping with a friend or neighbor? If you have an overgrown flower bed that possesses an extra-large quantity of the same plant species, dig some of it up and exchange it for something different. Talk about sharing your resources!

Build a temporary pathway

Paving, regardless of the size of the space, is always an expensive element that can dig deep into any reasonable spending budget. For this reason alone, it is best to keep paving renovations to a minimum. If you can’t afford fine stone or brick right away, lay out the pathway with something cheaper that can act as a placeholder pea gravel works well for this. Not to mention, unpaved areas will allow for more water drainage.

Invest in LED lighting

LED light bulbs only use a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulbs, although up-front they are a larger investment. When you are budgeting to revamp your outdoor space, consider purchasing more energy efficient lighting, rather than the usual on-sale lightbulbs. Yes, you will pay a little more for LEDs, but given that you pay a monthly energy bill, you could consider that money saved on energy as an increase to your redesign budget. It’s a little give and take!

Mix and match

The beauty about having a comfortable, outdoor space is that it is your oasis that can be personalized to your desires. If you require a new set of patio furniture, consider mixing and matching up the pieces in order to create a funky blend of seating possibilities. After all, your garden is your place to unwind and get creative.

Do you know any other budget savings tips for readers that are hoping to revamp their gardens? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

Why it is important to get your kids involved with the garden

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Spending time outdoors with your kids can sometimes prove be challenging, especially when it seems that they are more interested in staring at their screens. Yet when you ponder the potentialities of outdoor activity choices, typically gardening is not one that comes to mind. Although a kids garden may need your patience, it could be a surprising way to get outdoors and pave the way to teach your children healthy living skills.

Growing produce   

If you truly want to know what you are putting into your body, growing your own fruits and vegetables is the only way to assure quality. Not to mention it is the most nutritious thing you could do for your daily diet. Its unbeatable taste is just one of the many benefits of having your own garden.

Another benefit is the opportunity to teach your kids how to plant and sustain their very own fruits and vegetables. This is an excellent way to connect them with their food source all while being surrounded by nature. Knowing exactly where your food is coming from is also a great way to teach your kids healthy eating habits. It is no secret that concerns have been raised over the pesticides and toxins that can be found on produce at the store.

Needless to say a kids garden would be an enticing way to put them in the driver’s seat and give them complete control over what goes into their bodies.    

It could be a work of art

While watching the garden flourish can be rewarding, there are plenty of other benefits to hours spent planting.

Think of your garden as a blank canvas that is waiting to be painted on by your children. Surrounding your garden with lights is an excellent way to deliver a show stopping glow. Perhaps your kids also have an action figure collection? Using old toys is another great way to get creative with the family. For example, let’s say your kids loved Smurfs characters. You could use the old toys to replicate the Smurf village. Now wouldn’t that be fun!

What do you think? Should kids learn how to garden? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below.

 

How to plan for a lively lawn all year round

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With the most important lawn care season upon us, we have prepared our top tips to ensure your lawn is looking lush from fall to summer.

Fall

  • Trim grass shorter and mow less often. The last cut of the year should be in late fall.
  • Rake leaves and shred them using a rotary mower before adding them to the compost.
  • Aerate using a fork or aerator to spike the lawn. This allows air to circulate at the grass roots and breaks up compacted soil.
  • Overseed lawn to reduce competition from weeds and give grass a headstart.

Winter

  • Stop mowing when grass stops growing for season.
  • Clear leaves and other lawn debris before first frost. This will help the grass from picking up any diseases and also it can be used in your compost bin.
  • Avoid walking across snow-covered grass. This can cause localised puddling, compaction and the blades of grass can become bruised, which will allow frost in, causing brown scorching.
  • Winterize underground irrigation system to minimize the risk of freeze damage.

Spring

  • Apply fertilizer in late-May/early June
  • Repair bare patches
  • Start to apply a treatment for killing off the weeds and moss. Treatments should be applied as per the products on packet instructions, this will ensure you achieve the best possible results.
  • Test sprinkler system and make any necessary repairs

Summer

  • Maintain weeding regimen. Weeds such as clovers, and daisies, usually need spraying to remove them, although this should be avoided during periods of drought.
  • Fertilize late in the season
  • Water more often using an irrigation system or manually with a garden hose. This will keep the lawn looking green during a dry summer.
  • Keep grass slightly taller for more sun protection