Early last Spring, we found a couple of super cheap trees at Wal-Mart. Now...Wal-Mart isn't exactly the first place you'd think of when buying trees to plant in your yard. In fact, we didn't go to Wal-Mart that day looking for trees. But...somehow we ended up wandering into the nursery/outdoor part of the store and we stumbled on some trees.
They were small, and a little scrawny but they were cheap. They were $5.00 USD per tree. Seriously. We bought a few different kinds of trees - 4 in total. We figured, we couldn't go wrong. We only had our little Honda Accord, but we threw them in - and had them hanging out the trunk.
We put one in our front yard - a Cleveland Pear Tree - and hoped for the best. It was billed as "fast growing" and "flowering". Last year it did very little. In fact, I thought it "shrunk" a bit (I know it didn't....but due to it's small size, it felt like it did!).
This is year 2 of the "Sleep, Creep, and Leap" cycle - so hopefully we'll get some "creeping" going on this summer as they head upwards slowly.
I'm one proud landscaper. And frugal, too!