A lot of people take great pride in their yards. This is for good reason. A home’s curb appeal is a huge factor in what people tend to think about a property. In fact, good curb appeal can raise the value of a home substantially. A study showed that high quality landscaping can increase a home’s selling price by 5.2 to 12.7 percent.
One downside of having great landscaping is that it can be expensive to maintain an immaculate yard. However, there are strategies you can use to create a beautiful yard and save money at the same time. Below are a few you should consider.
Create Your Own Compost
One thing you don’t actually have to pay for is fertilizer. Instead, you can make your own compost and use that as an alternative that may work better than what you can find in the garden shop of a department store. The great thing about making your own compost is all you have to do is recycle and you will incur no additional cost.
Just take different food waste and throw it all into a pile. This can include things like fruits, vegetables, egg shells and coffee grounds. To this, you can add other biodegradable garbage like leaves, lawnmower clippings, sawdust, straw and shredded up newspaper. Alternatively, you could place all of this into a composting device if you have one. If you create a pile, make sure to layer it with the green stuff on top of the brown stuff. You can also add a layer of soil to quicken the process.
All you have to do after that is add some water to the pile each day and occasionally mix it up like you were tossing a salad. If you eventually see steam rising up when mixing it, that’s an indication that it’s beginning to decompose. Eventually, you’ll see earthworms in the mixture. Finally, when the compost is crumbly, black and has a sweet odor, you’ll know it’s ready to be used as fertilizer.
Choose Native Plants
If you want to make your life excessively difficult, you can choose to fill your landscaping with foreign plants. Some of these may not grow as well in your climate and may require extra care and attention. Some may even fail to survive if you don’t have the right mix of temperature, humidity and precipitation. They may also be much more expensive than plants that are actually native to your region.
Instead, try to stick with native trees, bushes, shrubbery and flowers. These will grow much more easily since they are in the climate and soil conditions they adapted to through evolution. You are also likely to save a lot of money since you should be able to purchase them from local nurseries and gardening stores without much effort. The National Wildlife Federation has an online Native Plant Finder you can use to pick the right plants.
Build a Cost Effective Pool
Once you have your landscaping well covered, you might want to start considering different features to add to your yard that your family can enjoy. One of the most enjoyable is a pool. Unfortunately, paying a contractor to build an in-ground pool in your yard can certainly set you back. Fortunately, there are cost effective alternatives to the more expensive choices.
One way to save is to go with vinyl for your pool as opposed to either fiberglass or concrete. For instance, if you live in San Diego, obtain some quotes from pool construction San Diego companies for vinyl pools. In general, a vinyl pool should cost $58 per square foot. Another choice is to not use a contractor and build the pool yourself. You can do this by buying a pool kit. This option of course requires a lot more work. If you aren’t competent with building things or digging into your yard, you may want to stick to a contractor.
Overall, the appearance of your yard is important. It helps create people’s first impression of you and can help determine your home’s value. The work you put into your yard also helps to determine how much use and fun your family can get out of it. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a great yard for you and your family to enjoy.