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Friday, 13 March 2015 08:40

Spending Wisely on Your Landscape – Time and Money

Written by  Nancy Forster
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blog_2Residential Lawn Care – Eliminate Some of the Lawn Area

Cut back on the size of your lawn, says Eric Liskey, deputy editor at Better Homes and Gardens magazine. "It's the most maintenance intensive, water-hungry kind of thing you can have in your yard," he says. It is wise to plant drought-tolerant trees, shrubs, and perennials to accommodate your weather and climate.  

Recycle

Grass clippings, kitchen scraps and other organic waste can be turned into free compost. Use composted clippings to mulch around trees and to fertilize your lawn. A small compost bin can generate up to 40 cubic feet of compost per year.


Replace the Annuals with Perennials

Annuals are plants that are replanted every year.  A few plantings here and there can add extra pizzazz to the landscape.  Too many can be costly.  Consider replacing annual plantings with perennials that come back every year.  Another benefit with perennials is that the plants can be divided and replanted in other areas of the yard.  You can also share divided plants with neighbors and friends.

Plant Trees

Once trees take hold and get big enough, their shade can keep your home significantly cooler in winter and protect against cold winter winds helping to save energy costs.  One mature tree planted on the west side of your home can reduce your energy bills by 12 percent!

At Time of Planting - Start with Smaller Plants

Smaller trees, shrubs and perennials take longer to fill in.  However, you can potentially cut your costs down by a half to two-thirds if you reduce the size of plant material at time of planting.

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