Spring is here! Who’s excited? THIS GIRL! Although I’m becoming more of a winter person the last couple years, mostly due to my love of ice fishing with my family, I absolutely love Spring, and the change of seasons we get to enjoy here in Iowa.
Spring is a refreshing change of pace, and it feels so good to get some sun on your skin again after being cooped up inside! Working in the yard is one of my favorite things to do after the thaw. However, I get sticker shock every time I have to make a trip to the nursery for plants and supplies!
Frugal gal that I am, I set out on a mission to find the cheapest (or FREE) plants that I could find. Here are the best sources that I’ve found!
Join the National Arbor Day Association – Become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation and receive 10 free trees as well as tree nursery discounts.
Craigslist – Check out the free section, or search under”free plants”. Any avid gardener would shudder at the thought of dividing up their lovely landscaping, only to throw it in the trash. They want it to go to a good home, yours!
Garage Sales – Garage sales are a common place for people to sell their extra cuttings for mere pennies.
Plant Sales – Plant sales are frequently held by churches and community organizations as a way to raise money as well as improve the environment.
Free Plants By Mail.org – Free Plants by Mail was started by local growers to help find a solution to the plants that were grown for nurseries but never purchased. They send you a free plant every month, you just pay shipping.
Nurseries – Nurseries frequently discard their lowest performing plants and flowers that look a little shabby, the ones nobody wants to buy. With a little TLC, however, you can bring these beauties back to life! Call your local nursery and ask if you can have what’s just going into the trash bin.
Neighbors doing yard work – Next time you see your neighbors out doing yard work and weeding their flower beds, offer to lend a hand in exchange for some divided perennials or cuttings.
Garden Clubs – Nearly every town has at least one garden club with members who meet frequently to discuss the trials and tribulations of gardening. Most members also love to trade and giveaway their own plants to spread the joy to others.
Dollar Tree – When starting plants from seeds, you can’t beat Dollar Tree’s price of 4 packets for just $1! They don’t have the seed selection of the big nurseries, but if you’re looking for the basics, it’s a good way to go. Remember, just because something is cheaper, doesn’t necessarily mean the quality isn’t as good.
Split or take cuttings from your current plants – Most perennials need to be split every year or two. So, remember, two hostas will quickly become four, and four will quickly become eight. Splitting your plants is a great way to get more plants for the cost of just one.
I hope this helps you save some money on your Spring & Summer landscaping! Happy Planting!
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