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Money-Saving Tips for DIY Landscapers

Right now, there are more DIY landscapers having a go at creating their own outdoor masterpieces than ever before. Likewise, there are more DIY landscapers looking to get the job done as cheaply as possible.

Is it realistic to expect DIY landscapers to produce outstanding results without overspending?

Indeed it is – even for first-time landscapers.

Proceed in accordance with these tips and you could find the whole thing far more affordable than you might expect:

  1. Plan ahead. First of all, you must plan your project right down to the finest detail, before even thinking about going ahead. The pros never make a move without first knowing exactly what they’re going to do, where and how. This way, you won’t end up wasting money on things you don’t need or change your mind along the way.
  2. Set a budget. Most landscapers have to work within the confines of a certain budget. Big or small, there are usually limitations for obvious reasons. Rather than continually spending until your garden begins to take shape, set yourself a budget and stick to it. For obvious reasons, this will also have to be factored into the plan mentioned above.
  3. Ask the experts. Even if you can’t afford to hire the pros to do the whole thing, a little advice and support goes a long way. Even if it’s just to help you with your initial plans, budgeting or to give you a few ideas. Having expert landscapers provide a little input could prevent all manner of costly mistakes.
  4. Buy in stages. Rather than allowing your optimism to get the better of you, consider instead approaching the project in stages. Focus on one small area at a time, buying what you need as you need it. Professional landscapers are opposed to buying everything all in one go, as you can’t always predict the outcome.
  5. Buy in bulk. That is of course, unless there is one particular thing you need a lot of. In which case, you might save plenty of money by buying in bulk. Even if bulk deals are not advertised, you can always ask for special rates. Contrary to popular belief, bulk deals aren’t exclusive to expert landscapers and gardeners only.
  6. Buy wisely. As is the case with all home improvement projects, it’s worth remembering that cheaper doesn’t always mean better. It’s one thing to save a small amount of money by buying only the cheapest products available. However, it’s also a strategy you will soon regret if your finished garden quickly falls into disrepair. Expert landscapers favour quality above all else and refuse to cut corners.
  7. Buy seasonally. Whatever it is you intend to buy, chances are it will be seasonal. There will be a season when it is at its most expensive and a season when it is the cheapest. This is something that should be factored into your initial plan and could amount to enormous savings.
  8. Be flexible. Flexibility can also help keep costs down. The reason being that if you had your heart set on something but it turns out that something similar is 75% cheaper…well, you can probably figure out the rest!
  9. Second hand. When it comes to the hardware you need, never forget that there’s a huge market for second-hand gardening equipment online. In many instances, buying new isn’t necessary and you could save a small fortune. And that’s why landscapers often make a beeline for the bargains you’ll only find online.
  10. Know your limits. Last but not least, you absolutely must acknowledge your own limitations. When it comes to what you are and are not capable of, all landscapers have their limits. The last thing you want to do is dig yourself into a hole (not literally) and create little more than a costly mistake. If you do, chances are it will then cost even more to be remedied by the professionals. Long story short – don’t go biting off more than you can chew!

For more information on any of our products or services, get in touch with the Ladybrook customer service team today.

 

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