[This is the Special Report 04 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format. Our
electronic products download immediately to your computer upon
not experts on most of the trades, and you don't need to be either. But
we're nuts about our yard and landscape, and think owning a home is a
license to garden. Our best money-saving ideas. Eight pages, revised and updated
with new reader tips, web links and comments.
- Free help with your landscape plan
- Effect of landscape on house appraisal
- Play areas
- Seed vs. sod
- How to buy plants, trees, and supplies wholesale
- Gorgeous lawn borders at low cost
- What to submit to architectural committees
- DIY and specialist-assisted pool construction
- Hillside excavations
Excerpt from Report:
"In the Beginning...
the planning phase for your new house you and your designer will
prepare a 'plot plan' of the property where you will build. The plot
plan shows the shape and dimensions of your lot and the position and
size of your house and possibly your walks and drives. Once the house
is positioned on the plot plan, all the area around the structure
becomes the province of what is called your landscape plan.
landscape plan allows you to specify all the uses to which you will put
your land. At this early stage, anything is possible, and by
forethought many things are practical.
- Where to Get Help
the U.S. your County Extension Agent is a great help in preparing a
landscape plan. We found that our Agent taught a public class on
landscape planning, and offered books, materials, and advice to the
public. Once we had something on paper, our agent reviewed our plan and
made valuable suggestions.
We found many valuable aids at our
local home center store. (Home Depot, Lowe's, lumbeyards) There is in
each of the home center stores we visit a rack of do-it-yourself
literature that includes landscape topics.
Over the months we
were planning our home, we found the following free booklets on
landscape subjects in the DIY rack: Lightscaping, Plan for Dry
Climates, Drip Irrigation, Roses, Annuals and Perennials, Herbs, Home
Composting, Organic Vegetable Gardening, Starting a Lawn, Greener
Grass, Underground Sprinklers, Turf Care. "...
Sample Reader Tip Excerpts:
- wow, is there a lot of money to be saved there. Rake and seed your
own lot, cover your own septic system, rent your own small digger and
trench your own water, electric phone lines one weekends work can save
you hundreds. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to do these things,
you just need the will to save money."
Phillip & Cindy S.
are building on the central coast of California, 200 miles from where
we live. We planted 55 trees there already with a special irrigation
system. The local landscaping guy was recommended to us, and we were
able to deal with him by phone and fax without a hitch."
Joanne & Jerry C
San Jose, CA