When I tell people that I'm the landscaper who looks after our team's football field they are really impressed, and a little jealous. I don't think they know how much work it is though - it's definitely trickier than keeping your backyard looking green. Not only does my football field need to look lush, it also needs to be perfectly even so that the ball doesn't bounce at crazy angles, and not so soft that the players boots sink in. I need to keep up with all of the latest tricks that landscapers have, and I write these up here so that everyone can give them a try on their own fields.
Hiring a landscaping professional to clean up your green areas and make them look immaculate and beautiful is a great luxury to have. However, many people don't have the money to spend on these professional services. Instead, they do the work themselves. Not only does it save money, but it is also a great form of exercise and helps you to de-stress. There are costs when it comes to doing it yourself such as the time cost, the cost of materials and your lack of expertise. Here are some tips to save money in the process.
Plan in advance
When you go shopping, it is easy to go overboard and buy everything in sight because you have failed to create a list of the specific list of items you want. When you are put on the spot and see something interesting, it is easy to put it into your shopping cart without thinking if you actually need it.
Before buying any materials, you need to plan out what work you will be doing. It is useful to try and sketch out a rough plan so you know exactly what you need to buy and how much of it. This prevents you from buying way more stuff than you actually need.
Have a consultation with a professional
Even if you don't want to hire a professional to do the work, it is often very helpful and time saving if you have a consultation with a professional who can help you with the design and plan of the work. They will be able to save you time, energy and money by letting you know what pitfalls to avoid as well as useful ways that you can streamline the process. This will save you money in the long run as you won't make any costly mistakes that will have to be changed in the future.
Pick your purchasing time carefully
Often when new stock is released and new items hit the shelves, they can be very expensive simply because they are new. You can wait for a couple of months down the line for the stores to cut prices. You should also look out for special sales, in particular around holiday times as you can pick up some great bargains.
Not everything you buy needs to be new. You can find great tools and materials on second hand sites for amazing prices. People may have bought too many materials, gotten tools as presents or just don't need them anymore.