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Old 08-11-2007, 06:21 PM
 
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We will be closing on our house in Providence Pointe on August 31st. We moved fast on the negotiation process, did it yesterday and close in 3 weeks.

The house was on the market for 8 months and I think there are two main reasons for that...

1) Horrible yard!!! Absolutely no landscaping.

2) Empty lot behind the property with an abandoned shack that is some what of an eye sore.

We can do something about the landscaping and are still working out the details on possibly moving forward with tearing down the abandoned shack/barn, once we hear back from owner of the empty lot.

My question is... does anyone know what it would take and who would you suggest to get this yard looking fabulous???

We are looking to spend around $2,000 - $7,000. Right now, due to the heat and lack of rain, there is no grass.

Long term we want to do some sort of outdoor living area - stone patio w/ fire pit and built in grill. But we aren't ready for that yet. We just want something decent for a few years. We do have dogs and will mostly need grass in the back.

Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:16 PM
 
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tahoe- Personally I would start getting quotes from landscape designers pretty soon. You never know how busy they are and the fall will be here before you know it.


just curious, why did you "move fast" to close? Hopefully you negotiated and got a very good deal.
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:49 PM
 
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how many acres?
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Old 08-12-2007, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Wesley Chapel
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I'm so glad that someone asked this question this week as we just met and dealt with absolutely the nicest landscaper. Our house was vacant for over a year when we moved in and we have needed serious help. Ed from Green Earth Landscaping is a super nice guy who gave us very good advice and a very reasonable price. Our yard is on a six month plan to get it back in shape. We didn't feel any pressure from him to do un-needed stuff....in fact he talked us out of a couple of things that we thought we needed to do. He's doing everything from ripping out and re-planting, pruning, trees, mulch...everything. Plus since he's a native he was filled with very interesting information about the plants that we have growing everywhere that we've never seen before on the west coast. I'd recommend him. Please PM me if you'd like his direct number. Good luck.
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Old 08-12-2007, 04:47 PM
 
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We moved fast b/c we offered $30,000 less than the asking price so the incentive for the seller was that we were closing by end of the month.

The lot is only 0.20 of an acre, so we're not looking at a HUGE project.
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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I know where you can get A+ tall fescue sod at $160 a pallet, which covers 500 sqft. You're coming up on September, which will be the perfect time to sod your yard. At .20 acres, my guess is you're looking at 2-3 pallets. You can do it yourself, we did and my yard is one of the best in the neighborhood. Not bragging, but it sure is pretty, even in August.

Check it out--there in Pineville and can deliver for a little more money: Super-Sod Local Grass Sod and Grass Seed Sales in Charlotte, NC
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:53 PM
 
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you should decide what areas of your yard you find the most problematic. from my experience, I would not spread out the money too far..rather than concentrate it in one place..
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