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5 Top Budget Landscape Gardening Tips

With summer fast approaching a lot of your attention may be turning towards that poor neglected garden of yours. If you don't fancy getting professional landscape gardeners in then here are a few top tips to help you get your garden into shape this summer.

Landscaping on a Budget Tip #1: Lawns

All home owners hate weeds in their grass, which leads people to spend lots of money on unnecessary lawn treatments and weed killer. This is not always a good thing as some weeds can add diversity to your lawn and prove that having a certain percentage of weeds in particular clover can act as a nitrogen fixer and fertilise your lawn for free.

Landscaping on a Budget Tip #2: Water Features and Hardscape

The best way to add class and design to your garden is to add water features. They dont cost much but can cause a real splash pardon the pun and can also serve as a well needed focus point. All that is needed are some pond liners which are very easy to install and some pond/water pumps. There is no limit to what you can do by adding some stones to give effect. Waterfalls can be made by using larger stones, if you can source these for free all the better.

Landscaping on a Budget Tip #3: Forward Planning

By planning your garden first you can rule out designs and tasks that you aren't entirely capable of and save yourself getting into sticky and expensive situations. If you want something doing that is beyond your skill set then you may well consider getting professional landscape gardeners in to do the job. Forward planning and research will enlighten you on ideas and designs that lend themselves more to the DIY landscaper. A good example of this might be laying a pathway in sand (a DIY job) whereas laying it in concrete will require a pro.

Landscaping on a Budget Tip #4: Water Conservation

With water charges soon coming into our lives a simple way to save water in your garden is to select drought-tolerant plants. A water-conversation approach known as xeriscaping could be adopted as part of your plant layout as well. This approach in conjunction with recycling water can really help reduse water consumption and you can feel warm and fussy inside knowing you've done your bit to help the environment (and you bank balance).

Budget Landscaping Tip #5: Containers and  Fertilisers

If you have limited space in your garden than container gardening could be the answer. Cemetery logs can be used as window boxes and can be purchased at car boot sales. Just make sure they don’t have any plant diseases. If you are planting in containers or in the ground you will need to fertilise your plants.

One good thing about fertilisers is that they are free and in every household. All you need to do is get a compost bin. You can put all your kitchen scraps, raked leaves etc. into the bin, which will give you a rich source of soil amendments. Remember to mix and water the bin occasionally.

Feed the Soil and you will keep your plants healthy. If your plants are healthy they will attract less insect pests, less diseases and require less water

Begin with an analysis of your soil. You can have the PH tested or all the essential nutrients. If you find your soil has any deficiency amend your soil accordingly, and remember to continually add compost.

Slow release, organic fertilisers can help supplement deficient nutrients. But feeding plants with synthetic fertilisers can actually destroy the beneficial organisms and organic matter within soil and only provide a short fix. It's like turning your garden into a drug addict. It will need regular doses of fertiliser and more and more to get the same effect.

By using organic fertilizers it will help provide supplements to deficient nutrients.

Using synthetic fertilisers can have harmful effects to the organisms and organic matter within soil and only provide a quick fix solution. Continues use of synthetic fertilisers will have an addictive effect on your soil as it will rely more and more on it like a drug addict