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Money-saving Mama: Yard can be perked up for pennies

Posted: April 19, 2016 - 11:57pm

It’s finally warming up and everyone seems to have spring fever. It’s time to get the garden spruced up and plants in the ground. How do you do that and still have money left in the bank? Here are some tricks to get the biggest bang for your buck.

First, evaluate if you need to add any plants. Trim back those you have to allow for new growth. Clean out your garden beds and see what you have underneath the fall and winter leaf collection. You might see that you have plants in one area of the yard that would look better in another. Move them, then baby them until they get over the shock and start growing again.

Some plants, such as hostas and daylilies, can be dug up and divided. There are even some plants you can simply place in water and transplant when they show root growth. This costs nothing but time. If you have neighbors or friends who have plants they are uprooting or can divide, get with them and get some new plants. You can even divide up your plants for them.

If you want new plants and you have the time, buy some seeds. This is a great way to get a lot of plants for a little bit of money. While this does take longer, with the proper care you can have new plants for summer.

Bulbs are another great way to add plants to your yard. Bulbs are typically perennial, meaning they will come back year after year. Some even propagate from tubers underground from the original plant.

If you want to get plants in the ground now, buying plants is the way to go. There are so many places to purchase plants that it is impossible to name them all, but we have Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Country Boy, Nurseries Caroliniana and even a new place on Knobcone off Martintown Road.

There are so many more to list, including grocery stores and discount stores. If you watch sales ads, there are times when you can get certain plants for a better price. You might have to wait a week or two, but the savings will add up.

You have to decide what your needs are for your yard. If you just want a pop of color without spending a lot of money, do one large pot with many colorful plants. Make sure that you read the labels for what each plant needs and place like plants together.

If you are able, plant some perennials so that you don’t have to purchase new plants year to year. It might not save money this year, but it will certainly help out in the future.

Sometimes it isn’t plants you want for your yard at all. Sometimes a trellis or some other yard embellishment is enough.

Check Pinterest for ideas, and visit your local thrift shops and yard sales for inexpensive items that you can use in your yard and on your porch.

Think outside the box. You don’t just have to look for a pretty painted pot. You can paint a fireplace screen a fun color and drape a trailing plant over it, or use a metal chair that you have also painted a fun color as a plant stand.

Anything can be made fun with just a touch of spray paint, and old pots can be refreshed with new colors.

It doesn’t take a lot to make a big statement. Looking for creative ways to get the biggest effect and figuring out what will work best for you and your yard will make the best-looking yard on the block. Well, that and a little elbow grease.

Happy yardening!

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