By sticking to a modest budget and planning ahead of time, it is possible to create a cost-effective xeric garden. Use our 5 ideas below to make the most of xeriscaping on a budget.
1. DIY Xeriscaping
The first priority for anyone wishing to xeriscape on a budget is to design and plant the garden yourself. You will save a lot of money by not paying professionals for the installation. Start by researching the best drought-tolerant plants in your area. Next, create a few garden designs on some grid paper.
2. Few Hardscape Purchases
Hardscapes, such as river rock or boulders, can be costly to add. One cost-effective option would be to make pathways of stepping stones or a fast-setting concrete mix. Woodchips, gravel and mulch are all budget-friendly alternatives.
3. Use Non-Invasive Plants
Xeriscaping with plants that spread by self-seeding, division or runners can cut your costs and fill your space appropriately. Some top drought-tolerant plants include salvia, lupine, Russian sage, coneflower, sedum and bearded iris.
4. Make Your Own Mulch
If you or a neighbor happens to own a shredder/mulcher, you can create some high-quality mulch for your landscape. Shredded leaves and small clippings can make great mulch that can ultimately slow water evaporation, stop weed growth and improve soil health, overall.
Refrain from putting the mulch too close to the base of any xeric plants. Instead, opt for a little bit of pea gravel in these areas.
5. Borrow From Surrounding Gardens
The most cost-effective way to fill your yard with drought-tolerant plants is to collect seed and divided, mature plants from your friends and neighbors. Collecting or even buying seeds is almost always cheaper than purchasing full-grown plants. Begin by growing annuals and biennials from your garden once the perennials get established.
If you have friends or neighbors who have well-established gardens already, they may be willing to divide some plants and give them to you.
What Are The Average Xeriscaping Installation Costs?
The nationwide average cost to xeriscape a yard is $17,085 for a typical 1,200 sq. ft. yard. Xeriscaping prices can range from $6,000-$24,000, depending on the size of the project, according to Fixr.
These are the average xeriscaping installation costs across the U.S.:
- National Average Cost: $17,085.
- Average Cost Range: $16,000-$18,000.
- Minimum Cost: $6,000.
- Maximum Cost: $24,000.
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