Budget For Your Garden


Article by: Thomas Murrell

Have you ever thought about how much it costs to maintain your garden? Most people never give it much thought - spending the odd day in the garden , Zucchini: A Power House of Nutrition when they have time and impulse buying plants , Lawn Mower Racing at the local , Daylily Just Plum Happy nursery.

But if you're serious about saving money and adding value to one of you're most important assets it's worth thinking about the ongoing costs associated with garden , Super Foods from Home Vegetable s maintenance and how this can be minimized. It's also worth spending time and money on your garden , Affordable Landscaping to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home so your asset appreciates rather than depreciates.

For the average size garden , Would You Like More Information About Climbing Roses? you should budget on one full day of maintenance every two months. That's a total of 6 full days a year. Now if you like gardening, , Bonsai Trees that's not a problem and it's probably something you enjoy and get a lot of satisfaction from.

But with today's busy lifestyles, many of us are time poor and might have other priorities than spending time in the garden. , Decorative Concrete - The Beginnings So if you can't make the regular commitment of a day every two months you need to allow for this in your budget.

Costs vary, but on average you would pay $20 an hour for a qualified gardener or horticulturist, so this will cost you $160 every two months or $960 a year. Now this is just for general maintenance and doesn't include more regular jobs such as mowing or pruning. , How to Choose a Fountain Pump It also doesn't include costs such as fertilizing or adding to or improving your garden. , Would You Like More Information About Climbing Roses?

Some of the larger companies have recognized this opportunity and are now providing professional garden , The Zoo-Doo Man - Or How to Make the Best Compost in the World! maintenance services.

Darrell Canns, General Manager for Yates Garden , Teak Furniture - A Cut Above The Rest Care says the market is huge and the garden , Waterfall s maintenance business is 10 years behind the franchised lawn , Landscaping Tips: Japanese Garden Fundamentals mowing industry.

Yates are now entering the market with a full range of professional services including basic lawn , Selection Of Garden Tractors mowing, weeding, pruning , Zucchini: A Power House of Nutrition and fertilizing, small landscaping , General Lawn Maintenance Tips jobs and tree , Constructing a Rock Garden surgery work.

They are developing a professional horticultural franchise to help put people in the industry. To make money a franchise owner will need to meet professional standards set by Yates, undergo training by the company and use the Yates brand name.

The service has already been successfully established in the eastern states and is being launched in Western Australia soon. Each franchisee will have about 30 or 40 regular customers.

The cost to garden , Teak Furniture - A Cut Above The Rest owners is varied and depends on the size of the garden , Lawn Mower Racing and the time of year. Darrell Canns says this may vary from $50 or $60 a month to $300 a week.

He believes the difference with other operators is that their people are qualified and the work is guaranteed. He also says they will quote on the total job rather than offer an hourly rate. An example of a fixed price for a specialized service is $400 to redig a garden , When to Plant Vegetaibles bed, weed , Concrete Curb Landscaping it, fertilize, replant and mulch.

There's an increasing pride in gardens , Waterfall s and for people who don't have a lot of time this is a service that's appealing because you know what you get and you know how much it will cost.

Mr Canns believes consumers trust the Yates brand and the company has the ongoing expertise in gardening , When to Plant Vegetaibles and horticulture.

The company is also working on a garden , Read This Article if You Want to Stop Droughts valuation service, where Yates will give a written valuation of the replacement cost of the garden , Want Curb Appeal - Play Dress-up and an ongoing maintenance cost. Canns says this will be used by real estate agents to compare properties , When to Plant Vegetaibles and provide a tangible and independent figure on what a garden , Would You Like More Information About Climbing Roses? is worth.

So in terms of advice , Wild Flower Garden - Plan to Plant what should one do? Here are eight tips:

1. Budget to maintain your garden. , Planning a Vegetable Most people underestimate the value of their garden , Constructing a Rock and many people make costly mistakes by neglecting their garden. , Planning A Butterfly Plants , Bonsai Trees and trees , Decorative Concrete - The Beginnings may die through lack of water, , The Zoo-Doo Man - Or How to Make the Best Compost in the World! putting in bad stock, not planting properly, and incorrect fertilizing or pruning. , Lawn Mower Racing Compared to the value of the plants, , Finding Garden Benches: Get the Perfect Look for Your Garden the maintenance cost is small.

2. Think about the big picture of your garden. , Decorative Concrete - The Beginnings What do you want your garden , Solar Outdoor Lighting to look like and what sort of theme.

3. Keep your garden , Home and Decor simple. Often simple themes work best and feel more spacious. Set one theme and stick to it. Differentiate between decorative elements. Do they relate to the theme of the garden?

4. Avoid too much maintenance. Low maintenance gardens , Home and Decor will cost less over the long term. Think about how much time and money you want to put into your garden , When to Plant Vegetaibles in terms of maintenance.

5. Understand what you want. For example a garden , Dill: Scandinavia's Most Important Culinary Herb for a holiday house , Lawn Edging would be totally different for your normal home. , Teak Furniture - A Cut Above The Rest

6. Plan your garden. , Daylily Just Plum Happy Work out what works best for different areas. For example shade versus sun , When to Plant Vegetaibles and the purpose for which the garden , Lawn Edging will be used.

7. Avoid big trees , How to Grow Ornamental Grasses in small spaces. Many people put in totally inappropriate trees , Affordable Landscaping to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home and plants , Solar Outdoor Lighting in areas that are just too small and at a later date it is very expensive to remove those trees. , Planning a Vegetable Garden

8. Avoid buying plants , Zucchini: A Power House of Nutrition on impulse. Roses , Storm Damage and Mature Tree Pruning are often the worst for this. They look great in the nursery in full bloom but can be a disaster. , Gallica Roses Plan , Introduction to Snow Blowers before you buy.
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