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9 ways to save on summer gardening

comp:000051bd8ca6:0000001093:168d 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"><p><em>Our friends at <a href="http://www.learnvest.com/">LearnVest</a> offer sound financial tips and advice for every aspect of life. Here&#8217;s some budgeting tips for gardening at home this summer.<br/> </em></p> <p>If you are fortunate enough to have outdoor space — be it a fire escape, patio or yard — then you know just how much of your disposable income can be spent beautifying it.</p> <p>To say nothing of the decisions required: Plants! Planters! Grass or mulch? And will I kill all of those pretty flowers I just brought home? The options are expansive — and expensive.</p> <p>But you <i>can</i> have a beautiful outdoor space on a budget. Lisa Cangialosi, owner of New York-based landscape design company When in Bloom Inc., offers up nine creative ways to stay within your means this summer, no matter how big a patch of earth you have to tend to.</p> <h3>Know thy space</h3> <p>Browsing the local nursery without a plan is like shopping on an empty stomach: It can result in major buyer’s remorse — not to mention unhappy blooms.</p> <div> <p>First, ask yourself a few key questions: Do you have full sun or shade? A rooftop spot or ground-level garden?</p> <p>“Determine your climate: Rooftops can be hot, ground-level gardens, humid,” explained Cangialosi. If you’ve got shade, buying the pretty flowers that require full sun means they won’t live to see July.</p> <p>&#8220;Look at drainage,” she added. Make sure liquid has a way to escape when watering plants or if it rains. “Plants don’t like their roots wet — it’s like sitting in a wet diaper,” she says. Once you have a proper drainage system in place, then you can shop and plant. (For tips on how to do drainage right, see the next tip.)</p> <h3>Skip the pricey planters</h3> <p>If you’re in the market for a container garden, the costs can add up quickly, with planters running into the hundreds of dollars. Luckily, there’s a cheaper (and chic) option.</p> <p>“You can definitely skimp and get the less-expensive pots. <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/outdoor/17899/" target="_blank">IKEA</a> has great options — but you have to augment slightly,” said Cangialosi.</p> <p>This brings us back to drainage. Cangialosi suggests drilling holes in the bottom of pots that don’t come with them, or placing a pot within a pot, with gravel between the two, so the water overage has a place to go.</p> <h3>Invest in perennials</h3> <p>Perennial plants come back each year, while annuals are yours to enjoy for just one season. That’s why buying the latter is an amateur gardener mistake.</p> <p>“Perennials are roughly the same price as annuals, but you’ll have them year after year,” explained Cangialosi.</p> <p>In fact, she says, they can return for anywhere from six to 20 years, which is a far better return on your botanical investment.</p> <p>Bonus: You’ll save time and money.</p> <p>“If you put enough plants in, they’ll fill your space nicely, and you won’t even have to weed as often,” she said.</p> <p><strong>Check out more money-saving gardening tips <a href="http://www.learnvest.com/2013/06/9-ways-to-save-on-gardening-this-summer/">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>More from LearnVest:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.learnvest.com/2011/03/fresh-flavors-growing-an-herb-garden/">Fresh Flavors: Growing An Herb Garden</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.learnvest.com/2013/05/10-dinner-party-shortcuts-from-the-pros/">10 Dinner Party Shortcuts From the Pros</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.learnvest.com/2013/05/9-summer-canning-recipes-made-simple/">9 Summer Canning Recipes Made Simple</a></li> </ul> <p><em>This post originally appeared on <a href="http://www.learnvest.com/">LearnVest.com</a> on June 6 and was written by <a href="http://www.learnvest.com/author/maureen-dempsey/">Maureen Dempsey</a>. It is republished here with permission from LearnVest.</em></p> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> </div> </div>
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