You may not realize it, but there are probably some things that happen to your garden that just waste your money. Make some changes, do some things differently and cut down on unnecessary expenses. By being more budget conscious about your yard, you can actually get a lawn that looks nicer than you had when you spent too much on it!
1. Outdoor lighting
Do you let your outdoor lights burn during the day? Do you let them burn all night? This costs extra for each individual electricity bill you pay. You definitely do not need to let your lights burn in daylight. Instead of paying larger electricity bills, pay only once to get a timer for your outdoor lighting so that they only light up at night.
Your lights do not have to burn all night either, but you still want them for safety. There is a simple solution: get a motion sensor. Add a motion sensor to your outdoor lighting so that they only light up when someone is near your doors and windows, instead of letting them burn all night and adding huge costs to your bills.
Do you have sprinklers that water your lawn or do you water the lawn manually with a hose? You need to judge when watering your lawn and make sure you do it efficiently. Water can actually cost more in the middle of the day than it does in the early morning. Watering your lawn during the day’s heat also causes the water to evaporate faster. You stop using more water to keep your lawn hydrated, which wastes money. Plan your water schedule so that you water the grass early in the morning when it will do the most good and save you the most money.
3. Your lawn
Be honest: how much do you spend on lawn? This includes the cost of paying someone else to do the job and it is the amount of money you spend on your own farm work. Gas is required to power the lawnmower and sweat capacity is required to collect and bag the lawnmower and leaves.
Save some money by cutting down that lawn. You can let the lawn grow for another week and cut down on how often you mow the grass. In most regions, you can wait 10 to 14 days to mow your lawn, rather than doing it once a week. This will save a lot of money in the long run.
You can also leave the clippings instead of collecting them and definitely instead of letting someone else collect them. Lawn mowers, leaves and other plant material make a natural mulch if you just mow the lawn and leave all that in place. So leave it instead of paying for it in cash or on your own time to remove it.
You can also reduce the amount of grass you have with a ground cover. This is an excellent alternative to a lawn with a lot of maintenance. Ground covers are easy to maintain and they also look good.
If you see weeds in your lawn, take care of them right away while it is still a small problem. If you discourage it, the weeds will only get worse and they will require a lot more work and money to remove. Make a weekly check around your lawn during the growing season and pull up any weeds you find while they are still small and easy to handle.
4. Pest control
Getting rid of pests on the farm can be extremely expensive. Hiring a professional is a huge cost that may require special equipment and several visits. Using chemical pesticides is also expensive and often requires regular treatments, which then becomes a common cost.
There are many natural ways to get rid of pests that are much cheaper. There are many specific plants that naturally repel deer, rodents and insects. Basil, for example, repels mosquitoes. Stop spending money on all these candles and other treatments and just place basil in all the common areas of your garden where people can gather.
Lavender can keep fleas, moths, flies and mosquitoes at bay. Keep rabbits away with marigolds. Herbs such as sage, thyme and oregano keep the deer away. Use plants to your advantage and you can spend much less on something that adds beauty and value to your outdoor areas, rather than constantly spending money on continuous pest control. Bonus: by growing your own fresh herbs, you can also reduce some of your food bill.
If spiders are a major problem, do not call in a pest control company. Hang up some simple bat boxes. These act as bird houses that give bats a cozy living room and attract them to your outdoor areas. Bats are a natural enemy of spiders. So all you have to do is hang the drawers and let nature go.
Start spending less
Spend less on your garden and it can be even better than you ever imagined. You do not have to waste money on your garden when you have so many other expenses. Making a little smaller is a little cheaper and it is actually even better for your lawn. It is much nicer to use plants instead of harsh chemicals and to use natural plant material instead of spending big money on fertilizer treatments. Stop wasting money and start enjoying your outdoor spaces a lot more.