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  • Writer's pictureSt-John Paysagiste

5 ideas for reducing landscaping costs

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

Landscaping costs can add up quickly, so it pays to look for ways to reduce them. A well-designed, well-thought-out and regularly maintained project will deliver the results you expect, while saving you money in the process. From plant selection to cost-effective installation and maintenance tips, we're sharing our top tips with you. Here are 6 ideas you can implement to reduce your landscaping costs while enjoying a beautiful green space!

Reducing planting zones when landscaping

Reducing planting areas when designing your landscaped area is one way to cut landscaping costs.

You'll save on :

  • Purchase of plants and vegetation

  • Planting materials (soil, mulch, etc.)

  • Installation time

  • Long-term maintenance costs (compost, fertilizer, mulch renewal, etc.).

By using a few tricks well known to landscape gardeners, you can easily design a harmonious space. Planting a star tree and a few grasses at the edge of the residence immediately creates a remarkable effect.

You can then decorate the front porch with flower pots.

Choosing plants to reduce landscaping costs

Planting plants is an essential part of landscaping, and maintaining your

maintenance of your green space is an important factor to consider.

To reduce the cost of maintaining your landscape, opt for plants that are easy to live with. For example, perennials and bulbs are a better choice than annuals that need to be replanted every spring.

And to further reduce landscaping costs, opt for native and local species. Endemic species require less care. Here are 7 plants that bloom all summer long in Quebec:

  • Yarrow

  • Bellflower

  • Coreopsis

  • Echinacea

  • Cowslip

  • Daylily

  • Scabious

Young shrubs are also an attractive alternative to more expensive mature trees. For the first few years, they will require a little more attention to watering. But once they've taken root, they'll grow without any intervention on your part and become big, beautiful trees!

Hydroseeding: an economical and ecological choice

Using seed rather than peat to plant your lawn helps reduce outdoor landscaping costs. In fact, using hydro-seed for your lawn is an excellent solution.

Peat bogs take 18 to 24 months to mature. This explains why the bill after installation can be up to 10 times higher than with hydroseeding.

However, hydroseeding does not have as immediate an effect as peat. Seeds begin to germinate within a week of application. After 3-4 weeks, the final result is just as satisfying as that obtained with peat!

Capitalize on the charm of Chinese or Japanese steps

The Chinese or Japanese step is a garden slab laid directly on the ground to create a path in an outdoor space. The use of this landscaping technique lends a great deal of charm to landscaping schemes.

It easily replaces paving stones or natural stone. What's more, it saves on material and installation costs.

Cutting to the chase to save money on landscaping

You can save money by using a landscaping company that offers personalized services tailored to your budget.

The expertise of a landscape architect is only required for very large-scale landscaping projects. In most cases, dealing with an experienced landscaping company will suffice. What's more, you'll save time by limiting the number of contacts and appointments.

Our landscaping team can help you design a harmonious space that respects the environment. In most cases, when the customer is well prepared, 1 or 2 meetings are enough to target the project and the budget.

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