How to Maintain a Cheap Home Garden

Posted by Ian on August-18-2011 under Save Money

Maintaining a home garden can be an arduous job, especially if you have no interest in gardening. Lawns need to be mowed, flower gardens weeded and the soil for vegetables patches treated. Other tasks include pruning, planting and painting. For many people these never-ending jobs around the house are more like chores than pleasant activities and if you are one of the many that detests such work, the best thing to do is have someone do it for you. Professional gardeners do fantastic work and your garden will be the envy of your neighbors; but hiring a professional costs money – often a lot of money.

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In order to save money on home gardening, consider hiring a non professional; someone who just loves working with nature. Let’s face it, you don’t have to have a degree in botany to look after a garden. Common sense and an interest in gardens will suffice. If expenses are your concern, hiring a retired senior citizen is always a money saving method. older people work well and for a reasonable income each month, they will keep your lawns and gardens in excellent condition. The beauty of hiring older people is not only because they’ll work for reasonable rates, but also because most older people enjoy pottering about in a garden. Ideally, a husband and wife combo is the best – the wife deals with the flower and vegetables while the husband mows, prunes and weeds.

Another idea for saving expenses on garden maintenance is to pay a junior high school student or college student to come to your house on a weekly basis to mow your lawns, dig your gardens and perform other general maintenance. In New Zealand, in days long gone, high school students were often seen cutting their neighbor’s grass and digging out weeds. I realize that these days most students would prefer to sit in front of a TV or sit in front of a computer playing games than sweating over the handle of a mower.

Still, there are kids, in society, that are are willing to do this work and they’ll do it for a reasonable amount of money. If hiring a student or senior citizen is not something that you want to do, you may consider doing the gardening around your dwelling yourself. Now before you wave your hands in the air and say “Are you crazy? I can’t garden!”, hear me out. There are various gardening groups that you could join to learn the ins and outs of landscaping etc; you may even enjoy it. Within a short amount of time, you’ll know the differences between different manures, when is the best time to cut grass and where to purchase affordable gardening equipment. Indeed you’ll save a great deal of money on gardening maintenance.

All the above depends, of course, on whether you’re willing to don a pair of gloves, a hat and some old clothes to do the work. If, in the event, the last thing you want to do in your leisure time is dig and pull in the back garden then you’re going to have to either hire a gardener or move into an apartment. Married couples, for the most part, don’t mind gardening and the work seems to automatically delegate itself. For example, neither person says, “You mow the lawns and I’ll trim the roses”, he or she naturally takes the job that is fitting their sex. A man will naturally pull the lawn mower out of the garden shed and begin mowing.

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There are probably many other ways and methods with which to save money on home garden maintenance; the above ideas are just a few. Personally, if it were me wanting to cheaply maintain my home garden, I’d do it myself. Why? Because it is fun, healthy and rewarding.

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