Tom Disselkamp, a product development specialist at 3M Company in Minnesota, enjoys a wide variety of hobbies during his free time. In addition to being a fan of archery, cooking, and grilling, Thomas Disselkamp enjoys landscaping. Thomas Allen Disselkamp has several years of experience designing and implementing varied shrubs, trees and annuals around his home and others.
When looking to landscape on a budget, establishing a basic plan is very important. Thinking about the final look of the space allows for early recognition of problem areas and creates a basic supply list. Further, a plan decreases the likelihood of buying unneeded items, such as too many flowers or plants, thus saving money.
Checking local newspapers and ads is a great way to find free items when gathering supplies and plants. Construction sites may have excess stones for a pathway, or neighbors or friends may be getting rid of trees or mulch. Trees and good soil are especially important when landscaping on a budget: Rich soil helps store-bought transplants thrive in new places, and trees fill up space more quickly than many flowers and plants.
Rather than redoing everything, save money by designing around trees and plants you already have in your yard. Reducing the size of your lawn or learning more about lawn care prevents excess watering and saves you the cost of replacing dead patches. Further, planting perennial flowers saves money in the long run, although they may be more expensive at first. Unlike annuals, perennials come back every year, eliminating the need to buy new plants each season.
Thomas Disselkamp has worked for 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, for more than 30 years.