How to Save Money on Landscaping Costs

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By Forrest | Last Updated: April 9, 2020

How to Save Money on Landscaping Costs

Landscaping costs can be considerable regardless of the size of the project. If you’re planning on selling your home, have just purchased a new home, or just want to improve your home's curb appeal, you might want to look for some ways to save money when completing your next outdoor project.

Keep reading to learn some of the best ways to save money on your landscaping costs.

Get Multiple Quotes

If you plan to hire a company to complete your landscaping for you, be sure to get quotes from several different companies. You’ll be surprised about how different prices can be, potentially saving you thousands on your next project.

It’s best to contact at least 3 local companies to gauge pricing for your project. This might seem cumbersome for you, but it can save enormous amounts in the long run.

Landscaping companies will typically charge one of two ways — one quote for the entire project, or an hourly rate based on an estimated amount of time required.

If you want a guaranteed cost, ask the company to provide you one quote, otherwise, you might be charged if it takes longer than their initial estimate.

Opt for Individuals Rather Than Companies

When receiving quotes, it’s also a great idea to find individuals who do landscaping on their own. These individuals will likely complete your project at a lower cost than most companies because of their lack of overhead costs. The downside? They can be difficult to find and will oftentimes take longer to complete your project than others.

You can explore local classifieds or neighborhood apps like Nextdoor to find local landscapers capable of completing most projects.

Go With the Small Guys

Whenever searching for landscaping companies, you’ll more than likely come across many smaller companies that are either just starting their business or have chosen to remain local. Not only will you be supporting your local economy by utilizing these companies, but they’re typically less expensive than nationwide options.

Depending on how small the company is, they might even consider giving you a break in exchange for a testimonial and pictures of the project once completed. This provides a great opportunity for you to save money.

Prep For the Project

You can reduce the costs of your next landscaping project by prepping your area for the landscaping company. You will pay a premium for every minute of work that they are required to complete so by finishing the simple prep work like removing debris or unwanted greenery, you can reduce your costs.

Bundle Landscaping Maintenance & Save

Some companies will offer discounts on landscaping projects if you have them maintain your yard year-round. This can be extremely costly, but if you’ve dedicated a portion of your budget towards it, you can save money any bundling your services. See what solutions are offered and then ask for a discount to get the best price.

Complete it Yourself

After getting quotes from several landscaping companies, you might be inclined to complete the work yourself. This can save you money but will cost you time and labor.

It’s important to consider the amount of time it will take you to complete your project before determining what the best solution is. This also assumes that you are in good physical condition and are capable of completing the work yourself. Below are some tips to help you!

Always Overestimate the Time Required

For all of those DIYers out there, you probably have a good understanding of this. No matter how simple or easy a task might seem to be, there are almost always some hiccups along the way. When trying to figure the time you’ll need to dedicate to your project, always be sure to overestimate otherwise you might be underestimating the true amount of work required.

Sometimes Harder Work Wins

You’ve probably heard of the phrase “Work smarter, not harder”, and for the most part, this is true. However, when it comes to landscaping, sometimes hard work will win and be more efficient. You can easily spend more time strategizing the best way to accomplish a task than if you did the task in the original manner.

Price Your Supplies & Materials Beforehand

Before starting your project, be sure to price the items and supplies you’ll need. This will help to give you a more realistic cost of your project which will help you compare the costs of hiring a company or completing it yourself.

Hire Teenagers

If you aren’t capable of completing the work yourself but want to save money on your project, teenagers can be a great option to help. By paying them an hourly rate, you can save tremendous amounts on your project and offer a great way for them to make money.

You’ll need to purchase the supplies and materials for your workers to use throughout the project and you’ll also need to direct them on how to complete the job.

If you have some local neighbors or family with teenagers, these are great opportunities to get your work completed without the high costs or manual labor on your body.

Buy in Bulk

Purchasing materials from local hardware stores can be costly. Materials like mulch or stone can cost significantly less if purchased in bulk from local suppliers.

One of the cheapest ways to purchase mulch is via a local mulch company or nursery. They can deliver mulch directly to your driveway and it can be significantly less expensive. Pricing for mulch varies by the type of mulch and the amount needed. If purchasing from a nursery or mulch company, it is commonly priced per scoop. Each scoop of mulch can cover a specific square footage, so be sure to inquire how many cubic feet are in each scoop.

Need help deciding how much mulch you need? There are many online mulch need calculators to help you out. Be sure to account for the depth of your mulch as well. Depending on how deep you want your mulch, you might need more or less.

Landscape with Neighbors

If you have a friendly neighbor, you can consider purchasing your supplies together, drastically reducing the costs for each. You can spread the costs of your mulch between two households and score incentives for a larger quantity.

Take Advantage of Sales

Many local gardening centers will have sales at the start and end of the season. This is your chance to purchase the shrubs and greenery you want at a much lower cost.

You can also search for certain products online to save. You can purchase many items including grass seed, fertilizers, and other gardening essentials online through Amazon or other e-commerce sites for much less. It’s a good idea to shop around before making your purchase.

You can even find some nurseries that will deliver plants and other shrubs to your door. You’ll need to account for shipping costs as these can quickly add up.

Reduce the Size of Your Project

Each square foot you decide to renovate will add to your landscaping costs. If you can, try to limit the size of your project so you can save money. If you’re planning on renovating your entire yard, consider working on part of the yard before committing to the full project.

If completing the project on your own, you can adapt to your preferences and circumstances. If the project is coming along better than expected, you might advance your project at a faster pace.

Consider Small Upgrades Before a Complete Overhaul

When you’re deciding to spruce up your outdoor space, it might be tempting to go all out, which can come with an absurd cost. Instead, consider making small, yet impactful changes to your landscaping giving it a refreshed look at a fraction of the price.

Sometimes a little mulch, a few new flowers, and some weed removal can be all you need to improve your home's curb appeal.

Construct Your Own Vegetable Garden

If gardening is your thing, you could consider planting a vegetable garden that will both lower the costs of your landscaping in addition to providing your family with fresh fruits and vegetables.

By building your vegetable garden, you can reduce the size of your landscaping needs thus reducing your costs.

Use Credit Card Rewards

Some credit cards will offer additional rewards on purchases from home-improvement or gardening stores. Even if it’s just a few extra percentage points, this can add up on purchases of several hundreds of dollars. You should always check to see if one of your cards offers this as a bonus before making your purchase.

Use Less Expensive Options

When deciding what materials to purchase, you might be overwhelmed with options. Save money by purchasing some of the more affordable options.

Mulch and stone are the two main culprits when it comes to cost variation. Certain colors and types will cost significantly more than others. Think twice about your needs before splurging on the more expensive options.

Borrow Tools and Equipment

If you have friends or family with the right equipment, see if you can borrow their pieces instead of purchasing new equipment outright. Items like landscape trailers and tillers are great options to borrow from locals to save you cash. If none of your contacts have access to these, consider inquiring on local classifieds or social media. You might be able to rent from an individual at a third of the cost that a local equipment rental company would charge.

Easy Ways to Renew Landscaping on a Budget

There are thousands of low-cost landscaping ideas that anyone can complete. Below are a few easy things you can do to improve the looks of your landscaping.

Rejuvenate your mulch

Mulch is a relatively low-cost way to drastically improve the appearance of your landscaping. Once the color of your mulch has faded, it’s time to replace it with new. Plain colors like black or dark brown will be the most affordable and offer the most versatility.

Remove weeds

Removing weeds (a critical step before laying mulch) is a great way to improve your curb appeal with no monetary costs. Dedicate a few hours of your time to keep your landscaping fresh.

Best Ways to Save Money on Landscaping

Plant new flowers

Consider removing any shrubs or flowers that might be on their way out and replacing them with something new. There are two main types of plants — perennials and annuals. Annuals will bloom only once before dying. Perennials will come back every year at no cost to you. Try to find and plant perennials to save you money in the long haul.

Fertilize your yard or plants

If your yard is suffering, consider giving it some fertilizer to encourage its growth. This food will be well received by your greenery and can bring tremendous results for your landscaping.

Conclusion: Saving Money on Landscaping

No matter what project you’re planning, there are many different ways you can save money on your landscaping costs. If you plan on hiring a landscaping company, be sure to get multiple quotes as they can vary widely. If completing the project on your own, ensure that you understand the costs involved. Between the time required, supplies and material needed, as well as the physical labor, these costs might amount to more than you originally planned. If possible, you should purchase your materials in bulk to save money.

Are you planning on renewing your landscaping? What are your favorite tips to save money when doing so? Comment below!

Forrest is a personal finance, entrepreneurship, and investing enthusiast dedicated to helping others obtain life long wealth. He owns several different blogs and is also passionate about health and fitness.
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