Sometimes summer can break the bank when it comes to lawn care. With the summer storms, sun and heat, sometimes it feels like you’re out tending to weeds and overgrown grass multiple times a week, but all the excess lawn care can sometimes cost you! When you start thinking about spring and summer one of the most prominent images that comes to mind is lush green lawns and beautiful blooming plants, but that at comes at a cost. Between irrigation, lawn care equipment operation costs, fertilizer, and time, sometimes maintaining the lawn seems like a tall task for both our time and our wallets. RealSimple.com posted some great money saving tips when it comes to lawn maintenance that you may not have thought of before, and if you have, you could always use some reminding that there are extra ways to put cash back into your pockets for a little extra fun in the sun that won’t cause you too much of headache.
1. Service that Equipment. While it might cost you more up front, as with anything, annual maintenance will save you money in the long run. You’d hate to find out that not maintaining your mower throughout the year for $50 or $60 cost you a few hundred when you have to replace the motor or buy a new one because yours is busted.
2. Know your soil and your yard. Again, while it might be costly or time consuming up front, knowing the type of soil you have in your yard and what additional nutrients plants need to survive in your yard will help you from over or under fertilizing, causing plants to die and increasing the cost of keeping your yard lush and green. Its also important to be aware of where sun hits your yard during different times of day, as some plants prefer direct sunlight, while others might thrive best in the early morning sun. Being knowledgeable is a great way to help you keep money in your pocket instead of burying it in your yard under all those new replacement plants!
3. Drop the Irrigation System. Irrigation systems can be really costly. Even if your monitor use to prevent over watering in the event of summer rain, the EPA still says that most irrigation systems use about 50% more water than watering with a stationary sprinkler or hose. Think about the cost savings for larger yards if you were able to cut your water consumption significantly!
4. Keep it Concentrated. When it comes to buying weed killer and other liquid lawn care chemicals, purchasing in concentrated form is a HUGE cost savings over the length of time it takes to diminish the supply. For example, while concentrated weed killer is more expensive up front, once mixed properly it only cost $4/gallon, as opposed to $23/gallon of the “ready-to-use” spray you can purchase at your home improvement stores.