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Old 04-10-2012, 04:49 PM
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We were going to...and then I got quotes on it that STARTED at $10k to rip out trees and put in grass. That's not any structural changes at all.

I think we'll be waiting a while!
I think we spent about $5-6k to have trees cut down, stump grinding, and sod put in our back and front yards. It's expensive! I love all of the grass, though. This is why I can't come to grips with ripping it out for a pool! It's really nice sod
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:51 PM
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That's what people keep telling me. I've killed bamboo before. It's like the more I try with plants, the faster I kill them. One of my two houseplants is outside in the veggie garden thing in a last ditch effort to save it's life. I'm hoping more sun will help.

My boyfriend's helping me, though, and he's pretty good at gardening.

We had a lot of peppers last year, which was really great. Our basil from last year is still alive--both plants. They're bigger than ever, which, according to the tag, isn't supposed to happen. We have tons of it in the freezer. <3 One of our pepper plants came back this year, and produced already, which was neat. We just planted the baby tomato plants today, and started the watermelons and squash.

Eventually, I'll get it. If I can keep fish alive, I should be able to grow tomatoes.
I can't seem to grow indoor plants very well. I always kill them. But outside ones I have better luck with. I think you live in a great place for growing outdoor stuff. I have to start a lot inside from seed early because our growing season isn't very long...better than it was in north Idaho though. Basil is my favorite herb and I have started some of that inside. That's neat that yours came back and you don't have to plant a new one. Here, basil is an annual.

A green house would be lots of fun, wouldn't it.

Jessie, those screened in, covered patios are so cool. But then, so is a pool. I vote you get a pool and keep the grass for the front yard. lol. Of course, that's more maintenance. A koi pond would be very nice. My sister has one and she loves her fish. So, unfortunately do the raccoons. She has to cover it with chicken wire. I think if I do a water feature, I'll skip the fish because that's more maintenance than just a "river bed" type thing with water falling into it. I'm not sure though. Maybe I'll find it's too much $$$.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:55 PM
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We're adding goats and chickens to the back yard. I'm sure they'll do some landscaping of their own!

Apart from that we're adding some flower beds along the front of the house, not sure if they're going to take off though because the dogs keep trampling through them.
Well, they'll sure fertilize it.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:00 PM
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I'm getting 2 decent sized oak trees taken down within the next few weeks. I also have to replace some of the boards on my deck then we want to put up a hardtop gazebo on the deck for dining under. I've been neglecting my front yard for the last few years and it is starting to show. The shrubs lining the walkway really should be replaced but my husband and I can't agree on what we want so until we see something we both like I think I'll hold off on that. I have good luck with outdoor plants but I am the kiss of death with outdoor plants. We also need to re-cement around our pool but that is going to have to wait a few years.
My neighbor has a really nice Koi pond, and another neighbors cat kept stealing her fish and leaving them on my front stairs. Finally she put a screen over the top so the cat can't steal them anymore.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:13 PM
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I'm getting 2 decent sized oak trees taken down within the next few weeks. I also have to replace some of the boards on my deck then we want to put up a hardtop gazebo on the deck for dining under. I've been neglecting my front yard for the last few years and it is starting to show. The shrubs lining the walkway really should be replaced but my husband and I can't agree on what we want so until we see something we both like I think I'll hold off on that. I have good luck with outdoor plants but I am the kiss of death with outdoor plants. We also need to re-cement around our pool but that is going to have to wait a few years.
My neighbor has a really nice Koi pond, and another neighbors cat kept stealing her fish and leaving them on my front stairs. Finally she put a screen over the top so the cat can't steal them anymore.
What a gift you got! LOL. Actually, it's not funny. Those Koi really seem to have personalities. My sister really, really loves hers. And was so mad at those raccoons.

Those oak trees....can they be used for something? Fire wood or to build something out of them?

A gazebo would be really neat Linda. I'd love even a small roof over the existing patio, but that will have to wait or never. I do have a covered front porch. But it rains so much here that it would be so nice. I always go out with the dogs when they go pee pee and then I have to get all wet too. LOL.

I'm debating over whether to make a place along side the house, replace the bark with those other kind of chips...larger, not cedar or anything...for dogs to do their business there. But I'd have to train them to go only there and that's such a hassle. But I worry about my grass in summer when it doesn't rain so much. I'll have to run out there every time they pee and hose it or it will get brown spots. Ugggg. I hate training that trick after the fact...really a pain. Ya gotta use leases every time and treats and prevent them by watching like a hawk from going anywhere else. A big, pita. So, I'll probably wind up with lousy looking lawn because I'm too lazy to train them to their designated place.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:01 PM
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Yes! We have an awesome large yard but it has major drainage issues and since we got Aura, and having a very wet fall/winter, most of the grass got destroyed. Its also clay so we are planning in the next few months to 1) add a dog run along the one side with chain link and 2) digging up the rest of the yard, laying new drain lines and then putting nicer soil and planting new grass. It's going to be quite a project, I'm not really looking forward to it, but on the other hand I cannot handle another winter of mud!

We also have to redo our front steps and back steps (hopefully build a patio in the back as well).

This is our yard with puppy Riley:



And this is our yard now :



We have a ton of plans for it but it will take a few years since we can't afford everything at once!
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:48 PM
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Since we're buying a house we have some landscaping plans. I got my 12 Arbor Day Foundation trees today, so we'll be planting those along with our Christmas tree. We might be starting a veggie garden, but I'm not sure on that. We might hold off until next year and just work on getting the ground ready. I also want to put in a fence and a patio.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:05 PM
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Yes! We have an awesome large yard but it has major drainage issues and since we got Aura, and having a very wet fall/winter, most of the grass got destroyed. Its also clay so we are planning in the next few months to 1) add a dog run along the one side with chain link and 2) digging up the rest of the yard, laying new drain lines and then putting nicer soil and planting new grass. It's going to be quite a project, I'm not really looking forward to it, but on the other hand I cannot handle another winter of mud!

We also have to redo our front steps and back steps (hopefully build a patio in the back as well).

This is our yard with puppy Riley:



And this is our yard now :



We have a ton of plans for it but it will take a few years since we can't afford everything at once!
You can put some lime down. That will help break up the clay. It doesn't look like Riley minds at all. lol. I have the same problem in the back yard, up close to the house. It's awful...doesn't drain. I know the new sod won't do well so that's where the patio is going. The rest of the yard isn't too bad and I'll just keep liming it and maybe top dress it from time to time with some new top soil. You have a nice big yard though. Mine is very tiny...something I've never had before. But I asked for it...wanted low maintenance, not too much to mow or anything. One thing about these new neighborhoods with tiny lots is that there aren't any big, old established trees or anything. So, I'm having some trees put in, but they won't be very big. Of course, if they were very big, they'd totally take over the whole yard. lol.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:19 PM
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The picture with puppy Riley was nice - the grass was nice and thick. But now with two dogs running on it, it didn't stand a chance lol. My hubby's bringing in an excavator to remove the clay and dig the trenches... he's got it all planned out so I'll just have to wait and see how it goes! Thanks for the suggestion though I'll have to take progress pictures.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:24 PM
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I think we spent about $5-6k to have trees cut down, stump grinding, and sod put in our back and front yards. It's expensive! I love all of the grass, though. This is why I can't come to grips with ripping it out for a pool! It's really nice sod
I wish that was for sod! That's for seeding the grass. It's going to be another $5-10k to put sod in (and our whole property is only .3 acres--the back is maybe half that!)

*sigh*

One year we'll have to choose not to vacation at all and take care of the yard or re-do our kitchen instead.
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