Gardening can act like a nice dress for your house. A nice garden and landscaping can make your house very desirable to potential buyers. Even if you are not planning to sell your property in the near future, planting a tree that can create shade when fully grown can help the look of your garden and adds value to your property. Using low maintenance local plants can be a nice touch to create more green space in your property.
Keep the lawn clean. The lawn is one of the areas that get a lot of attention. You can control the jungle yourself and trim the lawn or for few hundred dollars hire a landscaper!
On the other hand having a garden and growing your own vegetable can help you save on food. This way you can have an organic garden in your own backyard. A study from the Natural Gardening Association of United States shows that a family with a vegetable garden that have spend $70 dollars on can save up to $600 on Grocery per year.
You might need some tools and seeds to start with but the maintenance is easier to keep up with financially. If you need major work done to get the garden started you better hire a gardener to help you instead of buying the equipment.
With the money you will be saving on the vegetable produced from your garden, you can even hire a gardener/landscaper that can help you with keeping the garden beautiful. That way your garden pays for itself!