Installing a new lawn is a very costly and time consuming project, and in some instances the first attempt does not work the best and needs to be additionally seeded. There are economical options if you are on a budget, and it turns out that cutting the budget does not require much more labor or skill. Whether you have decided to go for seeded or sod, there are several ways to install the new lawn on a budget.
Use any of these easy tips to install your new lawn and get it done for a fraction of the cost. A few additional steps from you are needed and you might have to do some of the prep yourself, but it will keep you on budget.
Installing a New Lawn on a Budget
Seeding vs Sod
Seeding a new lawn is much more economical and offers a lot more variety for you to choose from. In addition, a lot of the seeding can be done yourself, so you do not have to worry about labor costs to have the lawn installed by professionals. Sod is the second most popular way to install a lawn, but it is also a little more costly. If you want to go with a sodded lawn, but are still looking to do it on a budget, it can be done with few steps being taken care of by yourself.
Save Money Seeding
There are smart ways to save money seeding a new lawn, and some ideas that will probably end up costing you more if not done correctly. To start, you want to spend the money that you do have budgeted for the project on the best seed you can afford. Doing so ensures that you are able to grow a lawn that you are happy with and only have to do it once. Look for certified seed, rather than budget mixes. You want grass seed that is more seed than filler, because in the end you will spend more for more bags and still end up with thinner grass than your lawn might need.
Save Money Sodding
In order to save a few bucks installing a new lawn with sod, you are going to need to shop around. Try sticking with a local dealer, which will save on shipping and transportation costs. Find out what the entire bill covers, and make sure you are only purchasing services that you absolutely need or need someone to perform for you. If you can do some of the prep and management after the sod is laid yourself, arrange for a slimmer bill with those services removed.
Prepare the Soil Yourself
One of the substantial costs to installing a lawn is preparation of the soil and yard where the grass is going to be added. Till, rake, remove stones, fertilize and amend the soil yourself before adding a new lawn. All of this can cost thousands of dollars for a team of landscapers to perform the day before installing a lawn, but you can get the same job done yourself in a weekend.