How Not to Outgrow Your Garden Design Budget

outdoor garden with green plants

If you have ever handled a home improvement project, you know that the budget always expands as unexpected issues arise. A lack of planning can lead to the same scenario with your landscape design. But it doesn’t have to be this way. A detailed plan, some expert advice and a little treasure hunting can ensure you stick to the budget with your garden design. Here’s how:


Garden plan

Sketch your landscape design with as much detail as possible. Label exactly what you will need down to the last wire and screw. This step may take some time, but it will save you money and stress in the long run. As you progress on your project, keep your drafts updated. You may find more efficient solutions along the way, and you will definitely want to document those alternatives for future reference.


outdoor garden
Contemporary Landscape by Vancouver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Aloe Designs

Though you may not have the budget to hire a landscape designer for the whole project, you can always consult with one on an hourly basis. Just a few hours talking to a professional and going over your design plans can signal to you any potential pitfalls that could cost you more money down the road. Before you consult with a professional, make sure you have your landscape plan ready.


garden plants picture
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Check with your city about any initiatives that provide residents with free mulch. Also, arboretums or related public places may hold plant sales. Craigslist and other website featuring thousands of secondhand items are full of great tools and supplies for amazing prices.


gardening tools
Photo by Sascha Kohlmann CC BY-SA 2.0

Are you friendly with your neighbor? Ask to borrow some tools and share the costs. If any of the neighbors are in the midst of a landscaping design, consider sharing the costs of expensive equipment. It’s a win-win for all parties involved.

Landscape design doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little creativity and persistence, you can have the landscape you’ve always wanted while staying within your budget.

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