Try to do as much as you can yourself. Labor is expensive. If you cannot physically handle spring clean-up tasks, consider hiring local teenagers to assist, they are more affordable than professional services. Or if you have nice neighbors, maybe you can make them dinner in exchange for their labor services.
Lawn fertilizer can be purchased at your local stores (price compare) and apply it yourself to keep costs down.
Consider repainting winter worn furniture or purchasing affordable cushions or pillows to hide wear. It is more affordable than replacing them. Many people replace their furniture in the spring, so keep an eye out for furniture that can be easily repaired on the curb or in local resale ads.
Spring is time to split many over-sized plants. Consider forming a neighborhood swap of available cuttings to keep the cost of new plants down.
Go to local outlet stores to purchase perennial plants. Perennial plants typically come back the following year and make your investment last longer. Avoid annual plants as they will only last this year before they die.
Buy seed packets and plant flowers and plants in repurposed containers that you have stored in the garage and basement. Not only is it more affordable, but it is fun to see the process of plants sprouting and growing.
Consider planting fruits and vegetables so that you not only have green plants, but profit from the fruits and vegetables that will grow all summer and fall.
Read online tips for common problems with your yard (brown grass, dying plants, pest control, etc.) Often they will have home remedies that are very affordable.
If you buy mulch or firewood to be delivered, consider including your neighbors to split only one delivery fee.
Please share with us any budget friendly tips that we didn't mention! Happy Spring!