I have decided on some sweet broom to replace the missing plants. A small retaining wall to separate the grass from the rock will be a nice addition as well.
I will put some pavers in on one side of the garage to provide a better area for the garbage cans and better access to the back yard without disturbing the rocks along that side. Some of the existing pavers will be utilitzed, but we will add some of these as well.
So, now that I have my ideas it is time to price it all out.
Having decided on a plan for the area, I set about making a budget. It includes some lighting changes, a small retaining wall addition, some pavers, a few new plants and rock and a general facelift on the existing plants. My initial budget for all of this, not including tools, came in at around $300. I am only paying for materials. I am setting the budget at $400 since I know from past experience that I will probably change my mind on some quantity and want to have a little room for that.
Here is the budget breakdown for the project:
|Front Yard Project|
|3 Strings of 50 ct. Warm White Twinkling Solar Lights||$19.99 ea||
|1 Set of Solar Coach Lights||$28.93 ea||
|10 stackingwindsor wall pieces||$2.98 ea||
|2 3.5 Gallon Sweet Brooms||$17.98 ea||
|2 Landscape Fabric (Weed Control)||$13.78 ea||
|2 Scotts Turfbuilder||$5.97 ea||
|Scotts Fertilizer with crabgrass preventer||$25.97 ea||
|6 bags of Southwest cobble rock||$4.38 ea||
|10 pavers||$4.98 ea||
The extra room is for additional pavers and rock, if I am not happy with the initial result. These numbers also do not include taxes, which vary so much from state to state.
I have included solar lighting as part of my lighting upgrade, as I do not really want to run any wiring. I am a skilled electrician, but prefer the solar option for landscaping. It is simple and energy efficient. Also, if I don’t like the initial location, they can be easily relocated with minimal work.
So now we have a plan and a budget! The next step is to begin the work.