How to save money
with a landscaper

I know that you are feeling excited about reading this one. No one says, “Geez, I’m glad I overpaid for this”. It’s almost ‘un-Australian’ to not enjoy a bargain.  
Read on and find out not only how to leave some pineapples in your wallet but also how to have your project last longer.  
Contracting a landscaper can have you digging deep in the wallet, depending on what you are undertaking.  Fortunately, there are many ways to keep the cost down without compromising on what you want to achieve.  It’s not just up-front costs either - once you have committed to spending your money to complete your project you want to ensure that you get the maximum life out of your materials. Following is a few of the simplest ways you can save some coin when using a landscaper.

Get Three Quotes
This is the first step in knowing that you are not getting ‘ripped-off’ on your project.  When comparing quotes, if one is exceptionally high, then it may be overpriced. Similarly, if one is substantially cheaper, then maybe they are not using the best materials.  In saying that, once you receive the quotes, talk through them with the contractor. Ensure you are comparing apples with apples.  It’s possible that the more expensive option is using quality materials and the cheaper one is not.

DIY Anywhere Possible
Not always liked by the businesses, but at the end of the day it is a great way you could save money. If you don’t have the skills to construct the structural elements, you could always move soil yourself or buy and plant the flora.  Labour costs can be a large part of any project so working with a business that is happy to complete the harder tasks and leave the easier finishes to you can save a lot of money.

Sell Existing Materials
There is a large market out there for recycled materials. This option is about recouping some money. With websites and social media platforms like Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace, there is now an easier way to sell things that are removed from your yard.  Pavers, for instance, can be lifted and offered for sale, or even offered as a giveaway. If you can do this prior to the landscaper starting it can save you money in removal and dumping fees as well.

Use the Right Materials
Skimping. and buying the cheapest things you can find, might seem like a great way to say you got a new yard for a fraction of the cost – it could also be  the best way to ensure you’re doing it all again, sooner than you should.  It pays to do some research in this area and talk to your landscaper. More expensive isn’t necessarily better, but when dealing with materials sitting out in the elements, it pays to use products that are more suited for outdoor use.  Planting the cheapest grass might seem like a good money saver at the time, but the wrong grass in the shade will soon become a haven for weeds and you will have wasted your money.  Cheap decking isn’t a good idea when its life expectancy is less than half that of quality decking.

I know, I know, you just forked out and got all this work done and now this stranger is telling you to spend more.  Like all investments spending some time and money looking after your project will keep it looking like new and save you having to replace materials prematurely.  Timber will always last longer if its oiled and looked after, a garden will look better if you pull the weeds as they come up.  Look after your investment and you can enjoy it for many more years.

Hopefully these tips can help you save some money on your next project and achieve the yard that you desire.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me through the contact page or on our Facebook page.

Until next time, Happy Landscaping,

Andrew Unwin

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