Economical Gardening Saint John NB

This spring, economic uncertainty is the prevailing theme as homeowners decide how to maximize limited budgets for home improvement projects.

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Economical Gardening

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(NC)-This spring, economic uncertainty is the prevailing theme as homeowners decide how to maximize limited budgets for home improvement projects.

"Trends this year reflect the need for cost-efficient gardening that makes the most of hard-earned dollars," said Mark Cullen, Home Hardware's gardening expert and author of The Canadian Garden Primer. "The focus will be on integrating native and indigenous plants into gardens as homeowners look for robust plants that do not need a lot of maintenance. Water conservation will also be a top priority as homeowners search for ways to save money while keeping the environment top of mind."

By following Mark Cullen's top five tips for economical gardening, you can create a flourishing garden without breaking the bank:

Save on water bills by using mulch to keep soil moist, capturing rainfall in water barrels and placing soaker hoses in your garden to uniformly soak the soil. For best results, place hoses beneath a layer of mulch to further reduce moisture loss.

Focus on native plants to increase natural biodiversity cycles. Native plants are typically less expensive, survive local weather conditions and reduce maintenance fees due to a tolerance to insects.

Cultivate seeds to grow your own annuals, vegetables and herbs for a decorative flair and a practical approach.

Invest wisely and improve your yard and garden so you can relax in your own outdoor retreat instead of spending on costly summer vacations.

Select multi-purpose garden tools that work and protect your tools from the elements so that you don't have to buy new tools each year.

More product information and additional tips on creating a budget-friendly garden can be found online at www.homehardware.ca.

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