Landscaping on a Budget

If you've spent most of your money purchasing a home, these tips will help you landscape on a budget

Containers are an inexpensive and attractive landscaping solution

Q: We have just purchased a home and I don’t have a lot of money left over for landscaping. What’s the best use of my budget?

Use what you have. Start with existing trees and shrubs. They are the backbone of any garden.

A qualified arborist can advise you on necessary pruning or removal. Keep as many large specimens as you can. With proper pruning and cleanup, your garden will look better without planting anything additional.

Containers, Containers, Containers!

For instant gratification, plant your favourite flowers, herbs and vegetables in a few large containers.

Place them close to your outdoor seating area and they will satisfy your need for colour, be easy to maintain and won’t cost as much as planting entire beds and borders.

Originally published in BC Home & Garden magazine. For regular updates, subscribe to our free Home and Garden e-newsletters, or purchase a subscription to the magazine.