MONEY TREE NOT NEEDED TO CREATE LANDSCAPE YOUR PLACE ON A BUDGET
A FANCY and functional garden doesn’t have to cost the earth, landscape designer Matt Leacy of Landart Landscapes says.
Leacy says recycling and upcycling materials and ideas guarantee savings.
“If you have a landscape budget you can use it and stretch it wisely,” Leacy adds.
He suggests taking advantage of what you can make or save on, such as potting soil, compost and water.
If you’re keen on giving gardening a go this spring, try Leacy’s tips. HAVE A BUDGET “Cost reductions start with the design. Good design considers your budget and meets the brief,” Leacy says.
“A design and landscape expert can come in handy. Landscape designers have suppliers they can call on year round for plants and building materials.
“We know how long some- thing will take to build, and how much things cost, so bringing in an expert is a good way to stay on budget.
“The savings in recycling plants and materials, installing long-term money savers like mulching, and expert advice on plants and watering systems will pay off in the end,” he says.
To further manage your budget, Leacy advises:
Be conscious of future water bills. A rainwater tank will help.
Manage the consistency of watering by deeper, less regular watering to encourage healthier deep root systems for plants.
Spread mulch around plants to reduce weeds, save water and insulate soil.
Make your own soil-wetting agent. Pinterest has lots of innovative ideas. GET COMPOSTING “Compost can provide valuable nutrients ... by composting yourself, you save money and take advantage of your food waste,” Leacy says.
He suggests collecting fallen leaves and lawn clippings to add to the compost.
“A large compost site or bin in the backyard doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Hedges, shrubs or burying bins underground can camouflage compost.” CHOOSE SUITABLE PLANTS Selecting the correct plants for your garden plays a large role in their future cost and upkeep. Choose plants that not only look great but will handle local conditions. Low maintenance plants suited to mass planting include beschorneria, echium and westringia.
Choosing suitable plants should be part of a well-planned and designed garden, landscaper Matt Leacy says.
Beschorneria is hardy and suited for mass planting.