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St. Patrick's Day: Last Stepping Stone to Spring

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I concentrate on calendar mileposts to help me beat the winter blues. picture of cloverSo I see Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day as 3 stepping stones along the path to spring. We've already left 2 of them in the dust; and St. Patrick's Day looms on the horizon. For those of you who have started your drinking early and wonder, "When is St. Patrick's Day," be advised that the holiday of four-leaf clovers always falls on March 17. Unlike the Easter Rabbit, Mr. Leprechaun is consistent.

Some people think about how much green they can work into their wardrobe for Saint Patrick's Day. I think about saving money -- the "green stuff" in my wallet. I'm a confirmed cheapskate, what can I say?

Saving money in your landscaping doesn't mean settling for a shabby yard. In this article on budget landscaping, I provide tips on saving money while still creating an attractive landscape. Planning ahead, researching before buying, and developing an eye for the "cheap way out" are all good initial steps to take for saving money while landscaping your yard.

Frugal gardener, Marie Iannotti discusses "ways to recycle otherwise worthless objects in the garden" and other ways to save money in this article on saving money gardening. But don't think this is just one of those articles on recycling and eking out a few extra bucks for spending money. About.com's Gardening Expert may give you some ideas on how to use "found objects" that will become mainstays in your landscaping.

Related resources: Cheap Landscaping Ideas

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February 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm
(1) ACS Distance Education says:

For some people cost is the most important criteria in design -but don’t just think about cost today. What will it cost to maintain? How long will the landscape last? Will it require a major and costly renovation only a few years down the track if neglected?

February 27, 2014 at 11:13 pm
(2) John Crider says:

Cost can be reduced by time. Take the time to plan your garden and implement it. You can take time to acquire plants at the best prices. If you plan your garden and implement it over several years you can save a lot of money on the initial cost.

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