Travis Cadman – Pros and Cons of Investing Money in the Garden

Travis Cadman – Pros and Cons of Investing Money in the Garden

For many home owners the garden can be a source of great frustration, an area of the home which we know we’d like to use but one which falls far down the priority list when it comes to where in the home to spend money. I was very much in this boat until a couple of years ago when, after speaking with my neighbor Travis Cadman who is a professional gardener, I decided that it was time to do something about it. I considered going to a lender to get the funds to complete the garden, but the though of going through interest rates and fraud protection paperwork seemed a bit pointless and so I rolled up my sleeves and got on with as much as I could. If you are going to do the garden, here are the pros and cons of investing your money into it.


I may not have paid for the entire garden to be completed but I still invested some money into getting it into shape. Let’s have a look at the benefits of investing on the whole thing.

  • Property Value

Homes in the USA are worth significantly more if the garden has been landscaped and well kept. What this means if you are prepared to invest money into the garden is that you will get a lot of that money back thanks to the fact that it will boost the price of your home.

  • Speed

When you pay for a private company to come and renovate your garden the job will be done far quicker and likely to a better quality than you could do on your own, if you’re in a rush, this is a great way to get things done quickly.

  • Ease

Investing in your garden will also make the entire process easier for you and once you have finalized the plans, you simply need to sign the checks.


Let’s have a look at some of the cons of not investing fully in your garden.

  • Pride

Having completed a large part of the garden on my own I can honestly say that there is a real pride to be taken when you sit outside with family or friends, knowing that much of the garden was completed by your own hands. This is something which you won’t get when you pay to have the work done.

  • Cost

It is true that your newly renovated garden will add value to the property but through spending on the entire project, you will have spent more than if you do it on your own. I have still managed to add around $4,000 of value to the property, despite only spending $1,800 on the project.


If you pay the pros to come and complete the garden renovation work then you will not have learned anything about the garden. Throughout the year that I spent on the garden I have learned so much and that knowledge now helps me to be able to look after the garden.

The choice is yours of course, these are just the learnings from my own experience.

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