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Save Money with Fall Landscaping Shortcuts

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Repair your home's value
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This is the time of year when many people are “putting the garden to bed,” transplanting, adding new plants, cleaning out diseased plants, and adding mulch. While many consider it a rite of passage, it also can save you money. This is true whether you hire a landscaping contractor or do the work yourself.

Here’s how good fall landscaping (and the help of a landscaping contractor) can help:

  • Reduce your spring plant bill. If you pay attention to your landscaping plants now, you can help them survive temperature extremes. You can also catch disease before it spreads and move plants so they have room to grow. This saves you from having to buy more next year.
  • Help move plants to maturity. Many plants take three years to start producing good, strong flowers. If you keep existing plants healthy, they are farther down that growth cycle in the spring and produce larger blooms.
  • Provide a great opportunity to transplant or add trees and get them going for next year. Large trees help with energy usage by blocking sun. Here’s more transplanting and home improvement advice from North Dakota State University.

Save on Landscaping Mulch

You can also use other ways to cut down on your landscaping expenses. Ask your landscaping contractor to save your leaves instead of bagging them. Then start a pile in the back of the yard, let it sit, water it, and rake it every so often. By the next year, you have your own leaf mulch. Why spend $50 to $100 or so on mulch each year? Here’s a handy link from Dayton Nursery, complete with a mulch calculator.

As with many home improvement projects, fall landscaping just takes a little planning. And hard work.

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