April 3rd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Source: designsponge.com via Alison on Pinterest

Spotted this notice in the Sunday Times-Dispatch:

Used bricks, cinderblocks and similar inert materials are available at the U.S. 301 transfer station for Hanover County residents to remove for their own uses. The material is free to those who can load it into their vehicle without help. If the county loader is needed to dump the material into the vehicle bed, the cost is $2 per cubic yard, with a minimum of five cubic yards.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for holidays. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (804) 365-6181.”

I have no idea what kind of condition the materials are in, but used bricks might add a lot of character to a (free) DIY home improvement project! I pinned a couple brick project ideas here.

The info caught my eye because I had just read a useful article in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens about Jim Keefe, a gentleman in Boston who created a gorgeous garden mostly utilizing salvaged materials. He had some tips for finding free or cheap gardening materials:

    Hardscape: Get in touch with builders/contractors that might have leftover items removed from project sites and save them a trip to the landfill. Likewise, check local building permits to find sites where teardown of existing structures might be happening
    Plants: Construction projects might also involve the removal of plant materials, so the suggestions above apply. Look for plant swaps in your area. And let friends and family know you’re hunting for plants, in case they are planning to remove any. (I see offers of free plants pop up on Freecycle and Craigslist!)

Another BHG article about using salvaged materials in the garden

Do you guys have any tips, or success stories, about salvaged or otherwise free landscaping materials?

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