Inexpensive products are not always the best when buying materials. Paying for a high quality product, good customer service or a good product warranty might be more expensive on the front end, but it can save you money over the long term. Know the pros and cons of each product before you buy, based on price. Sometimes, spending a few extra bucks can actually save you money over time.
When creating a flowerbed, cover the ground with mulch or other plant-based litter. Mulch lets plants retain moisture. This is especially useful in areas that are really hot. Mulch helps you get the most bang for your water dollar.
Take advantage of a small yard and make it beautiful. Use the space to create concentrated areas of interest. Birdbaths or stone garden benches that are surrounded with bushes and flowers can look very attractive. Put several types of seasonal plants in the same vase to have year round flowers.
Check a zone map to determine the hardiness rating for your area, so you can purchase plants accordingly. The hardiness zone map has been updated by the USDA this year, the first time this has occurred in over 20 years. This map is important because it helps you choose plants that are most likely to survive the lowest temperatures that your area experiences.