I've written about how landscaping can increase home values by 5% to 15%, how you can increase your home's value by planting some trees, and how to increase your home's value with cheap landscaping tricks, so it's obvious that I'm a big fan of developing your landscaping in a way that you enjoy it and you increase the value of your home. But landscaping can be expensive, you know? So while you're making the most of your outdoors, try to do it economically.
And what's more economical than FREE????!!! Here are some tips from MSN on how to save money on landscaping by getting stuff for free:
- Cities often give away free trees, mulch and compost. In Seattle, for example, groups of neighbors can request 10-40 trees from the city in exchange for planting and maintaining them.
- Demolition sites are great sources for bricks and stones, but make sure you have permission to remove them.
- See something you like in a neighbor's yard? Offer to trade cuttings. Also, set up seed exchanges with other gardeners or check out existing exchanges online.
We've used the second option a couple of times. Most recently, our neighbor was having a new deck built on the back of their house. They asked if we wanted some of the old materials and we did. So we got the old deck (we put it in our woods and our kids use it as a "fort"), some bricks/stones, and a bunch of dirt (stored in our woods for later use in gardening). Our cost? Nothing. They were going to throw it away anyway, so we actually saved them money as they didn't have to pay the contractor to haul it away.
How about you? Have you ever used any of these (or a different) ideas to get some free landscaping?