Lawn maintenance is expensive, especially if you live in a climate that was never meant to endure a full, lush lawn. Save water and prepare your own fertilizer. When looking at slow-growing trees, look at all sizes. In our case, we were able to get 15-foot trees MUCH cheaper than we thought.
In fact, they weren't much more expensive than the 10-foot trees we found in a department store. Simple landscaping ideas can save a lot once you know all the tips and tricks. First, grasses are cheap and grow very fast. We bought two of these purple herbs and within a month they've tripled in size.
We also use pots in the fillers. You can even add your few annuals there too (or you can put ivy in the pots). They add some height when the plants are still small. In addition, they add color and texture.
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Start with our Hardscape 101 guides Explore our collection of more than 2000 plants and seeds, which can be ordered directly from our favorite stores and growers. In the six years since moving into my home on a small lot (0.15 acres in downtown Mill Valley, California), I've changed almost every aspect of outdoor space, from the backyard to the front garden. The improvements included a new patio, garden beds, pathways, a door and a privacy hedge. Every step of the way, decisions had to be made about where to splurge and where to save.
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Continuing to care for your plants, shrubs and trees is an important part of landscaping care and will save you money for years to come.