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    Jessica White
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    I am about to move into our first house and we have a huge backyard. I was wondering if any of you had any good websites or ideas of gardening, sheds, playhouses, or any other backyard related ideas. I want to keep everything inexpensive and do-it-yourself. I would love some ideas on creative planters and things I can make with my soon to be two year old. Thanks for any ideas. -Jessica

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    Lisa
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    Jessica;

    It is hard to find good landscape/design plans online.

    But, you can check out Better Homes and Gardens website.

    They have a couple of dozen landscape design plans on thier

    site for free, you just have to register.



    www.bhg.com

    Or

    http://www.bhg.com/bhg/gardening/?_requestid=35269



    Lisa



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Jessica White"

    <chalcedony1213@...> wrote:

    >

    > I am about to move into our first house and we have a huge

    backyard. I was

    > wondering if any of you had any good websites or ideas of

    gardening, sheds,

    >








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    Carrie
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    Fixing up a backyard is expensive even when you do it yourself so it

    is best to do it gradually. We have a good sized yard. When we moved

    here it was only partially fenced, there was just grass everywhere.

    No patio, no landscaping or anything. We have been here for almost 6

    years and each year we have done a few things because of the cost we

    have to spread the costs out. We have finished the fencing. We had a

    company in that put in the posts for $20 each then we built the rest

    of the fence. For a patio we used patio stones. We waited until

    there was a sale on at the hardware store. We bought the kind that

    are coloured concrete with lines on them to look like bricks. We had

    a load of sand dumped on our driveway, 2 tons cost $60. We moved it

    with wheelbarrows to the backyard and leveled it out to lay the

    patio stones on.

    For plants we have put in a lot of flowering shrubs. They are easy

    to maintain and add colour to the yard. I put the word out to

    friends and family and was able to get shoots and roots from several

    different people. Many of these types of shrubs spread so often

    people with mature shrubs will thin them out. I got tons of

    different coloured lilacs, flowering crabapple and rose of sharon as

    well as some maple saplings. You won't get instant results like

    going to the garden centre but they will mature over time. I also

    watch the garden centre flyers. They often have "loss leaders" just

    like grocery stores. I have bought small potentilia, smoke bushes,

    hydrangea and snowball bushes for $4.99-$7.99 each. Also if you buy

    the smaller bushes they are much cheaper that buying bigger ones.

    When you first put in the little plants they look a bit skimpy,

    resist the urge to try and fill-up the spaces. The plants will

    mature and fill-up the spaces over a few years time.

    Another thing that has added lots of colour at an economical price

    is making my own hanging pots. I bought the metal hangers and pots

    at the dollar store. I used potting soil and planted petunias

    (bought on sale) in the pots and hung them. I hang them along my

    fence and resuse the same pots every year. Costs hardly anything.

    Much better than the pre-made hanging baskets. A two year old can

    help with this. Another thing to do is plant morning Glory seed. I

    put them along the fence, I stick those bamboo sticks from the

    dollar store in the ground and they will grow up them and the fence.

    Sunflowers are fun to grow and I always plant some of those. I plant

    them a little bit away from the house because they tend to attract

    bees and wasps.

    We put in a 8'x10' shed last year. It was a major investment for us.

    It was a rubbermaid type plastic shed. It was over $1000 for the

    shed and the base. It took about a day for us to put it together. We

    priced the wooden shed kits but they worked out fairly expensive

    because the siding and shingles were not included in the cost.

    Carrie







    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Jessica White"

    <chalcedony1213@...> wrote:

    I am about to move into our first house and we have a huge

    backyard...I want to keep everything inexpensive and do-it-yourself.








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    me ow
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    Thanks for thr great advice. My hubby and I just

    moved into a new home with 4 acres in a wooded area.

    The people who built the house didn't do a lot to the

    property and initally I got excited over the idea of

    landscaping and planting flowers. Now that I am

    pricing the cost, I realize that this is not something

    I should take on right now with all the other expenses

    of moving into a new home. You are right. Its

    expensive even for DIY'ers.--- Carrie

    <graycern@yahoo.ca> wrote:



    > Fixing up a backyard is expensive even when you do

    > it yourself so it

    > is best to do it gradually. We have a good sized

    > yard. When we moved

    > here it was only partially fenced, there was just

    > grass everywhere.

    > No patio, no landscaping or anything. We have been

    > here for almost 6

    > years and each year we have done a few things

    > because of the cost we

    > have to spread the costs out.



    <snip>



    > Carrie





    > --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Jessica White"

    > <chalcedony1213@...> wrote:

    > I am about to move into our first house and we have

    > a huge

    > backyard...I want to keep everything inexpensive and

    > do-it-yourself.






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    PC Barbara
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    I agree. We have 2 acres mostly woods. Our backyard is a bit of a hill so when

    it rains it has ruts and we lose alot of dirt. We just haven't had to money to

    do sod all the way down. We put 3 pallets out last year but wasn't enough. Now

    we have the money and waiting on it to stop raining so we can get someone to

    level it back out so we can do 4 more pallets. Then next year we will do

    something with clearing the woods some.



    Barbara



    me ow <whoopzdaisy@yahoo.com> wrote:

    Thanks for thr great advice. My hubby and I just

    moved into a new home with 4 acres in a wooded area.

    The people who built the house didn't do a lot to the

    property and initally I got excited over the idea of

    landscaping and planting flowers. Now that I am

    pricing the cost, I realize that this is not something

    I should take on right now with all the other expenses

    of moving into a new home. You are right. Its

    expensive even for DIY'ers.---






  6. #6
    herberkids3
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    If you are looking to do some flowers as part of it, ask on

    Freecycle. Now is the time when people are thining out bulb gardens,

    so you could probably get a lot of stuff for free. Lilac bush off-

    shoots, too, stuff like that. It won't be as full this year for the

    flowers, but you can at least start on some stuff- maybe line the

    front of the house, the walkway, the edges of the property, etc.





    > > --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Jessica White"

    > > <chalcedony1213@> wrote:

    > > I am about to move into our first house and we have

    > > a huge

    > > backyard...I want to keep everything inexpensive and

    > > do-it-yourself.






  7. #7
    mem68
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    Could you put rocks in the ruts? or plant trees in the way of the water run

    off.

    The house behind me is on a hill and their gutter run off comes down into

    my back yard. I have planted flowers that multiply,placed a concrete planter

    in the way and started planting iris on the bank to reroute the water from

    coming in on my carport.

    ----- Original Message -----

    From: "PC Barbara" <just_a_girl_022002@yahoo.com>

    To: <Budget101_@yahoogroups.com>

    Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 1:40 PM

    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Re: Backyard Spaces- long reply





    > I agree. We have 2 acres mostly woods. Our backyard is a bit of a hill so

    when it rains it has ruts and we lose alot of dirt. We just haven't had to

    money to do sod all the way down. We








  8. #8
    mem68
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    Use your search engine for "seed swap", ask friends and neighbors to donate

    flowers and trees cuttings.Learn how to start your seedlings and go slow.

    ----- Original Message -----

    From: "me ow" <whoopzdaisy@yahoo.com>

    To: <Budget101_@yahoogroups.com>

    Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 11:59 AM

    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Re: Backyard Spaces- long reply





    > Thanks for thr great advice. My hubby and I just

    > moved into a new home with 4 acres in a wooded area.










 

 
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