Tips for Lowering the Cost of Yard Maintenance

Posted on 04/19/2013

It's time once again to dust off the gardening gloves, rev up the lawnmower and get a little dirty. For many homeowners spring time means sprucing up the yard. Does it feel like keeping your yard green is costing more green than you care to spend? By making some smarter landscaping decisions it is possible to lower the cost of yard maintenance over the long haul.

Keep Grass Longer
You may be tempted to mow your grass short so you don't have to cut it as often, but keeping it long will actually save you money. According to, growing grass between two and three inches can save you up to 50 percent of the water consumed by lawns with shorter grass.

Switch to Grass Alternatives
Getting off the grass and switching to something more hardy and drought-resistant can save money on water, fertilizer and maintenance. suggests opting instead for something like sedges, moss or clover.

Plant Drought-Tolerant Perennials
Perennials are great because you buy them once and they'll add color indefinitely-- as long as you can keep them alive. Better Homes and Gardens compiled a list of some of the most drought-tolerant perennials. Add these to your yard for a beautiful, lasting investment.

Lay Mulch
Mulch is a great tool for sprucing up your lawn. Order it in bulk from a landscape supply company to save money. It will reduce your flower beds' need for water, stifle weeds and make a big visual impact.

Harvest the Rain
Reduce your need for water by harvesting the rain in a DIY rain barrel. Transform a plastic trashcan into a rain catching device using tips from In less than two hours and for under $40 you'll have a tool that can help keep your lawn green without spending any more money on water.

Use Garden Containers
Adding elevated garden containers to your yard will create dimension. Rather than spending a lot of money on flowers throughout your yard, adding them in thoughtfully placed containers will give you more bang for your buck.

By Alison Storm

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