Are you itching to get your garden and landscaping underway? Now is the time of year to get your yard looking its best, which often includes a trip to your local greenhouse or gardening center. This is where you will find all of your planting materials, plants, mulch, and more. There are ways to save when visiting these centers, five of which you will find below. Take a look at some creative ways for how to save money at greenhouses and gardening centers, allowing you to get your yard looking great for less.
How to Save Money at Greenhouses and Gardening Centers
1. Do a little cyber stalking.
While this might sound funny, it is a great way to find some extra savings! Look up your favorite gardening center online. Find their Facebook page and website. If they offer any online savings such as a mailing list or printable coupons, this is where you will find it. You may also be able to find out about upcoming sales and events.
2. Think small.
It is tempting to buy plants that are mature and large, but that comes at a price. Instead, opt for smaller seedlings and starter plants. You can buy them for as low as $1 each and in no time they will be robust and big themselves. Your patience will pay off.
3. Don’t be afraid of scraggly plants.
Some plants may be marked down if they look sad and scraggly. Ask yourself if these plants can be saved. Will a little pruning and fertilizer do the trick? Are the roots still healthy? If so, grab these discounted plants and nurse them to health.
4. Ask for a discount.
This may seem bold, but it works. If you find a plant you like, or a tree you like but it is damaged, or perhaps it is the last one in stock, ask if it can be discounted. You can also ask if a discount is given when buying in bulk, or if you are buying for a non-for-profit like a church or school yard.
5. Buy native plants.
The exotic plants such as lilies may be exciting, but since they are not native to your area they are going to cost more. Opt for plants that grow locally and in your region, and they are not only going to thrive but they will cost much, much less.
When you head to your local greenhouse or gardening center, be prepared with these money saving tips!