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Smart Shopping Tips for Your Garden

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Every dollar you can save in the design, planting and maintenance of your garden gives you more dollars to buy plants! Frugal gardening at its best.

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Check for landscape design software at your local library or on public-access computers at colleges. Report Abuse
If it's not available, they may be willing to order it for you and others in the community.
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Chip in with friends to buy a landscape design software package. Report Abuse
Or invest in books for landscape design tips. Have a landscaper design your garden will cost you big bucks.
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Trim design costs by substituting less expensive materials. Report Abuse
Gravel instead of brick, concrete instead of flagstone, wood chips instead of bark mulch.
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Pots, birdbaths and statuary are much cheaper if you eliminate the middleman. Report Abuse
Check with your chamber of commerce or consult the yellow pages to see if there are manufacturers nearby.
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Keep an eye out for outlet malls that include garden ornament stores or those that sell mainly by catalog. Report Abuse
Selections will vary but prices can be as much as 50% off the retail cost.
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Avoid impulse purchases at the nursery. Go with a shopping list and stick to it. Report Abuse
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Watch for sales. Late summer and early autumn are prime times to enhance your garden. Report Abuse
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Search for chipped or cracked pots at bargain prices. Report Abuse
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Plant trees and shrubs in early autumn; the season is optimal for establishing roots and most go on sale then! Report Abuse
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Be an informed shopper. Research the particular plant you want before you go to the nursery. Only accept a subsitute if it will have the exact qualities you want. Report Abuse
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Don't overplant. Assess mature height and width of each plant and purchase only enough to fill the space after five years. Report Abuse
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Use mail-order catalogs to get a wider choice of specialty plants and unusual varieties. Report Abuse
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Buy small plants. They cost less and establish a healthy root system faster than larger plants. Report Abuse
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The cheapest bid is not always the best buy. Check references. Report Abuse
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Don't cut corners on quality of materials you use for a garden-building project. Use rot-resistant wood and heavy-duty, galvanized hardware to avoid rust. Report Abuse
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If you're buying $100 or more worth of plants, ask for a discount. Report Abuse
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A friend with a pickup truck can save you lots of money in delivery charges. Report Abuse
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Dress up a plain arbor with ready-made "gingerbread" trim. Report Abuse
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Use creativity instead of cash: plastic columns can be painted and added decorations can give you an expensive appearing enhancement for less money. Report Abuse
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Search salvage yards for wrought iron gates, concrete or stone finials, old porch post columns or other unique items that can dress up your yard. Report Abuse
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