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Old 07-07-2020, 11:42 AM
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I don't have a particularly large front yard but the landscaping is awful. Can anyone give me even the slightest idea how much drawing up a plan and adding some flowers/bushes/mulch might cost? I know prices vary wildly across the U.S. but since I don't have a clue I could use any first-hand knowledge you can share.


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Old 07-07-2020, 12:31 PM
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About two years ago we had the little bit of grass that we had pulled up. The landscaper replaced it with rocks, several plants, a couple of larger rocks and mulch. I think the materials were about $1700. I live in southern California where we are super water concious so that's why the rocks. It does make it quite a bit hotter, you can really feel the difference in the summer. The back yard still has grass and it's not as hot as the front yard. If I can figure out how to attach a photo...

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Old 07-07-2020, 12:33 PM
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The other side of the yard
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Old 07-07-2020, 12:34 PM
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All of the plants have grown up, the lantana is huge and pretty. A couple of things have died, wrong placement and were looking for new plants.
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Old 07-07-2020, 01:12 PM
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What a beautiful job. The placement of the different kinds of rocks is a clever way to add design and variety.

I need inspiration too but it will need to wait until next year. I'm still paying off last year's inside renovations. The fact that I procrastinate has nothing to do with it.


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Old 07-07-2020, 04:03 PM
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When I got ready to redo my front garden, we had the old overgrown bushes removed. Then, I drew a picture of the front of our house (just a basic rectangle with windows and a door, nothing fancy) and garden area and took it with me to a garden center. The man that ran the place was very helpful. I told him I was looking for some bushes that would not require a lot of trimming and would be slow growing. He asked about sun/shade and then told me what he would recommend. He gave suggestions for where he would place each bush or if I should get 2 of something and how it should be spaced.He charged nothing for this service and I ended up being very pleased with the things we bought. So, if you have a local garden center, you might try asking there for some guidance. They can be very helpful.
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Old 07-08-2020, 05:17 AM
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Your yard looks really nice, Tulips. Living in the NE, water isn't much of an issue for us. There's enough thunderstorms that we only have to water plants a few days a week.
We've got some garden centers around here and I hadn't considered asking them. Thanks for the suggestion, overthemoon. One side of my yard wouldn't be too challenging for me but the other side.....
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Old 07-08-2020, 01:18 PM
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Check with local nurseries. I just did this. The one I used had a designer draw up the plans and then you had to plant the plants yourself. The actual design was free. I had to take some measurements and photos of the area. We just finished up and it looks beautiful! Saved a lot of money doing it ourselves and the plants/shrubs look beautiful!
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