It’s summertime! In many areas of the country, that means it’s time for seasonal gardens. Here, we offer tips from HOA members and landscaping experts on saving money on seasonal gardens, along with money-saving tips for year-round landscaping.
1. Do a request for proposal from landscapers. “Our greatest savings came from creating a four–page request for proposal for lawn care and snow removal,” says Patrick Hohman, a 23–year HOA president at the 40–unit Seneca Park Condominium Association in Louisville, Ky. “It helps, too, for the owners and residents to know there’s a tight plan since grounds maintenance is such a high–visibility issue. For example, we may get a few calls about the shrubs needing to be trimmed. But in the plan, shrubs are trimmed every April and September, so it’s ‘under control.’ Knowing of the written schedule helps keep owners happy.”