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Old 02-24-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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We are starting to plan for the Spring and have been chomping at the bit to get started on the yard of our new house. I just figured we would go to Lowes, buy a shovel and wheelbarrel, then stop by a nursery for several car-loads of shrubs or bushes to line our walkways. Since neither of us have ever done any landscaping, is it a good idea to purchase the bushes from a nursery that also has a landscaping/installation service or is it expensive? The DIY approach seems less than appealing because of the number of medium to large sized holes we would need to dig and the fact we have no garden shed to store a wheelbarrel/shovels etc.. Anyway, has anyone hired the sevices of a good Nursery that offers Landscaping? Any good recommendations (including "get yer lazy a** out there and start digging!") would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:53 PM
 
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Sharon Nursery in Mason off I-71 exit 24 near Kings Island does a great job! I know many people,including myself, who have bought plants from and used the landscaping services of this company. The management is very nice and helpful and will sit down with you and plan a design for your yard. The employees will then deliver and landscape your yard. Again, they do a great job and many of the yards landscaped by Sharon Nursery are very nice looking!
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:40 PM
 
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Thanks for the heads up! I checked out the website and they have been in business for quite some time.
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Hartwell--IN THE City of Cincinnati
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I'm a big Benken fan. THey are a little pricey but you get what you pay for. They can do a design and plant for you.
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Old 02-27-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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Its all about your budget.

If you want to spend your budget on plants, then - to quote you, "get your lazy self up and start digging!".

If you want to spend your budget on getting the job done (less plants) - pay for the landscaping.

For us (a tight budget, normally) it was more important to us to have more plants, so we do the planting ourselves. Besides, (knock on wood) we usually do a pretty good job and had a lot of success at our previous house.. so, its not too bad.

The only bad part is the really terrible soil (aka clay with pieces of shale in it) that you have around here!!

Either way - get out and see what people have (home and garden show is this weekend, they have great ideas and LOTS of landscaping companies for you to talk to)...

Good luck with the project!

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Old 03-03-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis and Cincinnati
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If you have allot holes to dig for landscaping and you will be planting shrubs, go rent a gas powered post hole digger. Will not take long at all to get the digging done. If you are doing beds rent a rototiller.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:52 PM
 
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If you have allot holes to dig for landscaping and you will be planting shrubs, go rent a gas powered post hole digger. Will not take long at all to get the digging done. If you are doing beds rent a rototiller.
Great idea! Thanks.
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:17 PM
 
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The civic garden center has a once a year plant sale. It is really neat, even if you don't need plants to check it out.
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Old 03-04-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Hartwell--IN THE City of Cincinnati
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TLC on Reading Road near (or in) Evendale has a big sign up saying they are doing free quotes for yard work right now...I would them for some specifics. They have some good quality plants and my neighbor who is a master gardner buys from there all the time..
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Old 03-04-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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I just called a place (Sharon Nursery) and asked if they have English Boxwoods because we were looking for the kind that have leaves and that stay green but don't look too "evergreeny" and they informed me that Green Velvet Boxwoods are the way to go in this area. Anyway, I think we will test the soil to see how hard it is to dig up once the weather gets warm and then make a decision as to whether we need to rent a power hole digging thingy. Boxwoods seem pretty nice for a long walkway as long as they are not too manicured looking. I think we will try to do it ourselves.

http://www.saundersbrothers.com/catalog/images/BoxwoodTag%20Photosfor2009/Green%20Velvet.jpg (broken link)
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