Tips for low budget gardening

It’s all about the money. The economy is picking up again. Yet we see a clear need for cheap, low-budget landscaping. That is why here are number of options to save dollars in a row.

Design and inspiration

Before you start arranging your garden cheaply, you must of course first think of what you actually want. With a bit of luck, an expert will help you on your way for free. Via online sites you can take a course to get more birds in your garden. If you have enough inspiration, you can get started with the free garden design software Sketch, even for nothing. Request a quote free of charge and without obligation via quotation form.

Plants and bushes

A garden without plants is of course nothing. Paying loads at the garden center is unfortunately anything but free. An important factor for plant costs is time. A plant or shrub is more expensive as it takes longer before it is ready for sale. Slow growers are therefore almost always expensive, fast boys are cheap. Remember that a fast grower also has a downside. A cheap, fast-growing hedge, for example, should also be pruned (much) more often.

Another indicator for which plants and bushes are cheap is to see which ones are used by the municipality in the public space. These are almost guaranteed cheap species, which also require very little maintenance nine times out of ten. Nor does the money grow on the back of the municipality.

You see them grow

Self sowing or cuttings is a lot cheaper than buying complete plants. Experiment about sowing soil there are also a few free options. Of course this requires the necessary patience, and some skill from you as a gardener. It will be totally cheap if you get seeds or cuttings free of charge, for example from friends or family. Various organizationscollect and sell seeds from indigenous plants for almost nothing. A cheap source of seeds, cuttings and (sometimes) whole plants are also exchange bourses such as garden enthusiasts’ association Growth and flowering sometimes organizes.

Pollard willow

Some trees are also excellent as a breeding area. A classic in that area is the pollard willow. This very tree is easy to grow from a (sawn-off) branch. With a bit of luck you will find it along polder roads or farmers countries. Look for a straight copy, preferably a bit long fat. Make a fairly deep hole with the auger: a meter or up to the groundwater. Put your branch in and close the hole. If the branch / tree is already higher than the desired height, cut or saw it off, a knot will form. The tree must be cut every 2-5 years, in winter. You immediately remove side branches in other places than in the bun. Willows grow quite quickly, so with a few years you have a tree that looks pretty mature.

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