Do It Yourself Yard and Garden Updates on a Budget

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Garden Dept. Provides Hints and Tips to Landscaping on a Dime

For many of The Garden Dept.’s retail customers, the objective of a visit to the Coram-based location is to give their yard a budget-friendly update. But, planning out a yard or garden project may cause headaches for some. As such, The Garden Dept. has compiled a list of tips for Long Islanders to implement.

  1. Determine Your Goals. If you are planning a vegetable garden, which vegetables would you like to incorporate? If you are planning a full backyard, are you looking to add privacy and shade? Do you want something low-maintenance?
  2. Decide on a theme. For backyard planning, it’s wise to keep one cohesive theme throughout the design, so determine whether a tropical oasis, woodland garden, modern concept, etc., is more to your style
  3. Plan Your Project. Using graphing paper, sketch out the area that will be updated – whether it’s the entire backyard, or just a small flowerbed. Remember to incorporate any existing walkways, flowerbeds, pools or ponds, etc. that will be used using a pencil or cutouts to make it easier to move elements around.
  4. Find the Materials. Once your theme is established, visit your local garden distribution center to find the plants, soil/mulch, design elements and more that will work to your theme. For items such as soil, rocks, sand or mulch, it can be difficult to estimate the amount needed for your space – be sure to speak with a garden specialist to help find the exact amount to purchase.
  5. Incorporate the Materials into Your Design. Using cutouts of the shapes/sizes of the plants, etc, that will be used for your project, lay them onto the sketch of the area to find the best placement.
  6. Get Started. Once the plan is in place, be sure to clear the area in which you will be working – remove weeds, store existing patio furniture, etc. Additionally, be sure to prep any of the plants that will be used by setting them out in the general vicinity and keeping them regularly tended, in preparation for transplant.

“In many cases, those opting to do home landscape projects might be working with limited financial resources, so we recommend purchasing your materials in phases,” says Don Caroleo, Owner of The Garden Dept. “Not only does this help keep costs under control, but it also allows homeowners to adjust their plans and designs as they work. Additionally, we urge customers to remember that cheaper products aren’t always better as many times you trade quality for price.”

The Garden Dept.’s 16-acre Coram retail/wholesale location is open seven days per week and its eight-acre Dix Hills wholesale location is open Monday to Saturday. Both locations provide deliveries to homes and job sites throughout the tristate area for items such as trees, shrubs, plants and decorative stone, as well as gravel, compost, topsoil and mulch by the yard. For assistance with your landscape or gardening needs, contact The Garden Dept. at 631-736-DEPT (3378) or visit online at: