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Apr 7, 2018 9:01 AM CST
Atlanta, GA
Hi Everyone,

First time posting. My family and I purchased our first house, and we are very excited about the yard. However there is a lot of work to do on a small budget. I have attached a picture below, and since that picture I have cleaned it out a good bit so I will have to update the picture. I am just seeing if I can get any good advice for this front yard. I would love to purchase plans from a landscaper, but everything has just been crazy expensive!

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Apr 7, 2018 11:05 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Welcome!

Your photo didn't load so you will need to try again. Just post the undated photo as what it did look like won't help you get any suggestions.

The plants you choose don't have to be expensive. Instead of going to a landscape company, visit the Big Box store and see what appeals to you. Look for yards in your area that you like and see what they are growing.

Don't over-plant. Look at the mature size of plants and use your measuring tape to get accurate spacing. Plan your garden on paper (use your measureing tape and graph paper). Put the foundation plantings in first (trees), then add shrubs.

Prepare your area before you start. Get rid of weeds, then water and get rid of weeds. This may take awhile. Smiling

And remember, you don't have to plant the entire yard in one year.
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Apr 8, 2018 6:23 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Mostly agree, but please know that just because a store is selling a plant does not mean it's worthy of being purchased & cultivated in your location. One can easily find Bradford pears, Vinca major, Hedera helix, Chinese Wisteria, Ligustrum sinense, and Asparagus sprengeri at WM or L's in this area, and probably in GA too. It's so sad to imagine the great native or at least non-invasive plants that could take their spots on the shelves.
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Apr 8, 2018 6:38 AM CST
Name: Meredith
Atlanta (Zone 8a)
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Hi Concast, I remember when my husband and I purchased our first house, and we just went nuts. Looking back, the one piece of advice I would share is this - pay for a gardening plan - talk to someone about your vision, what you like, etc. - they can create a plan, and over time you can do the work or outsource the work yourself - then you won't got into Lowe's or Pike or act like a kid left loose in the candy store. Also, a lot of gardeners share - you'd be amazed how generous gardeners can be until you get addicted and have to divide plants, etc. - so make friends w/ gardeners, and always be on the lookout for swaps, etc. - if you are into hummingbirds and butterflies I can add more suggestions also. Good luck!
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Apr 8, 2018 1:04 PM CST
Atlanta, GA
Thank you all for the advice. It is all much needed! We have not found anyone to make plans for our front yard under $2,000 and we feel like that is very high. We want someone who truly knows plants, but feel like we can find plans that are more reasonably priced.
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Apr 8, 2018 1:59 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Your yard is beautiful! Won't don't you like about it?
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Apr 8, 2018 2:07 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I also love your yard. What is there is very nice! Do you want to be rid of grass mowing, or just to add to what is there?

I had to take a second look at your home. I thought you had bought my mom's home in Washington state! It was almost the same, including the driveway and mailbox!
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Apr 8, 2018 2:16 PM CST
Name: Meredith
Atlanta (Zone 8a)
Butterflies Region: Georgia Hummingbirder Seed Starter
You should be able to get a plan for less than that - that does seem high. I've paid maybe $500 last year for a plan (we moved). Now, full disclosure - I wasn't in love with the plan. Used Horticultual gardens, 404-855-4260. Another suggestion I've hard is to go through 4 seasons in the home, taking pictures of all angles just in case you get things blooming/peaking later that you'll love. For now, maybe satisfy your gardening longing with lots of container planting (but if you container plant, recommend large pots only (at least 14" in diameter) so as to not make yourself crazy with hotlanta watering in peak summer....
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