Shop plant sales in the fall
Especially in the northern part of the country, you can save money as nurseries clear their inventory for the winter with plant clearance sales in mid to late fall, says Liskey.
"The nurseries don't really want to carry that stock over into the winter, so they're pretty aggressive about end-of-season clearance deals," says Liskey.
Buyers can expect to see discounts of 30 percent to 50 percent off trees and shrubs, he says.
And while fall may seem late in the year to plant, Liskey says that as long as the ground isn't frozen, September and October -- the months when these clearance sales typically happen -- are actually good months to establish new plants.