Frugal Spring Gardening Tips

You can save your money and still have a wonderful garden. It is all in how you go about it. Use the following spring gardening tips to ensure a beautiful garden for half the price. Concentrate on Perennials While annuals can give you an immediate burst of color, I like to center my gardening around perennials because they grow year after year. You can plant them once and they will return and in some cases spread with new plants for you. When purchasing perennial plants opt for smaller ones in four-inch pots. They will be less expensive. These small plants … Continue reading

Save Money on Your Lawn

Summer will be here soon. Do you know how much money you spend on mowing and maintaining your lawn? Better yet, do you know how much you can save on this expense? Read on. Do It Yourself Right off the bat, you’ll get the most savings when you do it yourself. Even if you are unsure about seeding or fertilizing, you could could save by mowing your lawn yourself. Cost savings: $20-$100 per week. Maintaining the Mower Keep your lawn mower in good shape. Maintaining the lawn mower will go a long way to making it last longer. Read the … Continue reading

How to Save Money on Fall Yard Work

Do you know that you could easily spend hundreds of dollars during your fall yard work. I’m not even talking about the cost of purchasing plants and trees but simply the money it can take to do your clean up. Obviously, some home have more work than others, but every home can use the following tips to save money. Rent Equipment Thanks to local home improvement centers, there is no need to buy expensive yard work equipment that is only used a couple of times per year. Instead look into the cost of renting. A professional leaf blower will save … Continue reading

Where to Get Free Flowers, Plants and Trees

The secret to a beautifully landscaped yard and garden isn’t necessarily spending a lot of money. In fact, you can have a landscaper’s dream for free. A couple of weeks ago, my family and I attended a yard sale. While we didn’t find anything we wanted to purchase, we did find a very pleasant family who had an absolutely gorgeous yard. There was a bank of different flowers and plants to the left of the garage, and a trellis arch off to the right of the house that led back to a secret garden. Naturally we complimented the homeowner. She … Continue reading

A Guide to Inexpensive Composting 3

Have you ever thought about composting? It is a frugal way to nourish your garden and produce less trash. I have been talking about creating an inexpensive compost bin. If you missed the first two parts of this series, you can read them now here A Guide to Inexpensive Composting and here A Guide to Inexpensive Composting 2. Once a week or so, mix your compost. You can do this by rolling the can around a bit or using a shovel or pitchfork to mix it all up. I know, we are supposed to add things in layers, right? But … Continue reading

A Guide to Inexpensive Composting 2

Composting can be very frugal for at least two reasons. The first is that it provides you with a free, nutrient plant-food for your garden. The second reason is that it reduces the amount of garbage you produce. If you pay for your garbage by the bag or pound, there is an immediate savings there. And you’ll also save on garbage bags, as well. In the first part of this series on inexpensive composting, I talked about getting started with building your own easy compost bin. Now, here is part 2. Place the compost bin (your garbage can) in a … Continue reading

A Guide to Inexpensive Composting

Yesterday, we had a really nice play date with two fellow moms and their kids. At snack time, the kids were eating some tangerines, and as one of the moms peeled the orange skin, she asked if we composted. We don’t. Composting is something that I have been thinking about doing ever since we moved here about a year ago, but to tell the truth, I was a little intimidated by it. I didn’t really know where to start with composting, and I wasn’t sure that I wanted rotting garbage in our around my home. But, it is time that … Continue reading

Free Flowers

Want to stock your garden with beautiful high quality flowers without spending a cent? Then you’ll want to read this article. I’ll tell you how. I think the price of flowers is pretty crazy these days, but there is really no reason to pay for them. That is because you can easily find dozens of perennial flowers for free. These flowers, although they will bloom year after year, are routinely dug up from the front of businesses and thrown in the trash. Professional landscapers are paid to keep the areas of these businesses always blooming, and so they change out … Continue reading

The Frugal Alternative to an Expensive Garden Tool

Gardening by growing your own food is a great frugal activity. If you like to garden, then I am sure you’ve come across many tools that seem absolutely necessary for success. But usually, there is a frugal alternative to be had for a fraction of the cost or even for free. One of these tools has to do with maintaining a healthy lawn. It is the aerator. Aerating the lawn is one of the key ways to have a healthy lawn. It will allow the roots of your grass to get the much needed oxygen and air that they need … Continue reading

Frugal Barbecue Grill

There is still plenty of summer left to do some great grilling and barbecuing outdoors. And, if you live in a mild climate, you might even get away with extending the BBQ season into much of the fall. And since there is still time to use your grill, there is still time to save money with it. Using the grill can be very frugal in itself over traditional oven cooking, since the grill keeps the heat out of the house and reduces your cooling costs. But if you really want to save when you barbecue, read these tips! Now is … Continue reading