Country Lore: Landscaping on a Budget

Turn your property into a verdant, welcoming sanctuary with this reader's tips for landscaping on a budget.
August/September 2006
http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/landscaping-on-a-budget-zmaz06aszraw.aspx
Landscaping on a budget is a matter of finding unwanted plants and/or waiting for them to propagate themselves.


Photo by Fotolia/oocoskun

Purchasing trees, shrubs and flowers for a new yard can be expensive. If you’re landscaping on a budget, here are some ways to cut costs:

  • only half as many perennial flowers and berry plants as you want to have in your garden. In a year or two, the berries will spread, and the flowers will be large enough to divide and replant.
  • Have a neighborhood or community plant-trading party.
  • Keep your eyes peeled: Many people have one- to two-year-old tree saplings that have sprung up in their yards or gardens that they will be happy to let you transplant.

Using these strategies, our homestead has become a shady refuge.

Jennie Butler
Paradise, Utah