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Old 08-19-16, 01:50 PM
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Any landscapers here?

**Skip to the 14th (and now 17th) post for update and latest question**

11So looks like we're moving into a new construction towards the end of the year (projected close date of 12/12)- pending final financing (pre-approval only good for 60 days). Due to the odd size of the lot, looks like we have to figure out how to cover up the dirt the sod won't cover- ~180'.

The Ford | Oklahoma New Home from Home Creations, elevation B option, floor plan on the left.

Thinking I can make up some of that by doing a gravel* flower bed along the garage. The A/C will be on its own concrete pad and then the gas and electric meters are forward of that- and I think that is where the phone/cable lines enter as well- so it makes since to provide a non-muddy work area in case of service/repair. Not sure whether to square or round the corners...

Also wanting to do something at the rear of the house- specifically around the sewer clean out (located off the MB). Thinking of paver stones that connect the rear patio to some kind of hardscaping around that clean out. Most likely made of pavers, though I'm not opposed to concrete. This area would be big enough for some future patio furniture and/or hot tub. Another idea I just had for this space would be a low deck with an access panel to the clean out and that could be moved if needed.

*The HOA has not been formed yet and I don't know if it will have an ARC, so I may or may not be able to do teh gravel. Not keen on mulch, so might go with pavers here as well.
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Old 08-19-16, 01:57 PM
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I'm not a landscaper but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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I can't get a good idea of elevations from your link. Why can't you place sod for 180'? That's a lot of exposed soil!
I like the pavers idea, they are pretty low maintenance and keep out elements too. A low lying deck is never a good idea because it becomes a home to rodents, vermin and other critters that can burrow under it. We once had a skunk under one, I had to trap it, sneak up with a blanket, throw the blanket over it and slowly carry it to my pick up truck and drive far away and relocate the animal.

Other ideas would be to step and sloped grades with retaining blocks and plant flowering bushes, dwarf trees, etc in those areas. If the grade is uneven or sloped, you might not want to mow that area so plant things that flower and add colors. Bigger in the middle and smallest close to the lawn.

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To clarify, it is 279 s.f. (m/l) and not linear foot. If I had a image of the actual plot, I'd post it or the link to it.

The property is bordered by a 'reserve area' green space (utility owned and maintained). That reserve area is at an angle, so outfront-at-the-curb line is 51' (as opposed to the standard 55'), but the back line is like 81'. The side fences run from the back corner of the structure to the back, so they won't be even from the bird's eye view due to the rear patio.

The terrain has some slight slope from west to east (former pasture land), but nothing major enough to consider terracing.
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Here ya go, have a good time. Look around the site, you might find some great ideas.

Small Garden Designs - Sunset

better yet, since you mentioned gravel...
https://www.sunset.com/garden/landsca...l?iid=sr-link3

and hey, check this out...
https://www.sunset.com/garden/backyar...hotos/view-all

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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
To clarify, it is 179 s.f. (m/l) and not linear foot. If I had a image of the actual plot, I'd post it or the link to it.

Whew, that's a huge difference. Here is what I would do, take you plot plan, site plan, plat.... whatever it is called in your area, to a garden center and they will help you design a nice landscape that fills the side yard you are talking about.
Maybe take a few pictures or a short video to help make them feel as if they were out at the house.
Good luck, post some pics when you're done.
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I've been in the field just a year and a half...
The right stone can really make a landscape... you can do a few inches of a pricier stone on top of a base of cheaper stone if you want. Lay down a good quality weed barrier before dumping the stone.

Rounded edges and wavy lines are definitely more the trend for beds right now, but it all depends on the overall look you're going for. I see more square edges and straight lines at corporate accounts.

Pavers done right are better than concrete in most ways, but can get pricey.

Go to a stone supplier over a big box store. So much more to choose from.
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Old 08-19-16, 07:23 PM
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^^
Regardless if we go with pavers, gravel/rock, or mulch, I was planning on putting down a barrier to discourage unwanted vegetation.
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Seen NL town streets entirely done in interlocking pavers..

No Jack hammers required to work on Buried services, Only a shovel.. and pavers are not destroyed ..

Bike paths and cross walks used a different color paver , so No Repaint of Zebra stripes & Etc.
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We've decided that we'll go with pavers. Wife wants some off the rear patio to the fence (or length of the gate) and there on the side of the garage where all of the utility meters are.
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Talked to the builder's sales agent and she doesn't think that the architect factored the landscaping and mail box (brick enclosed on a concrete slab at the curb) into the calculations. However, I was apparently wrong in thinking that I needed to make up for 179 sf- it is really 279 sf.
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For weed barrier I like to use erosion fencing off of job sites - That chit lasts forever, comes in very long lengths, get it for free, but a pain to pull the staples to get it off the stakes.
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For ideas, drive around and look at other new construction, online, and local nursery's. My personal preference for plants are low maintenance, low water, and drought tolerant. Plan for growth. The biggest issue I've had with plants/trees is having to rein them in when they start growing over, into, around something else. Good luck.
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Weed-n-Feed for new yard?

Finally closed earlier this month (better late than never) and was informed at the closing table that the sod was Bermuda and NOT to apply any weed killer for the first year or until the sod 'takes root'- this a legit claim?

Oh, and we somehow ended up with a fully sodded yard .
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Not true but waiting a few-several weeks is good practice. You can live without the herbicides though. I hardly ever use it personally or professionally.
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Great thread! I think I'll go to a landscaping forum & ask bicycle related questions.
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congrats! pics?
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What's y'alls take on rubber mulch?

I'm drawn towards the marketing hype of rubber mulch. As a homeowner who wants to re-invest as little time as possible to the outdoor space, are there any downsides to using the stuff?
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NO!!! And don't ask again. 😉 I have laid sod a couple times, and that's a nasty job, especially if it rains while you're doing it. 😒
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I'm drawn towards the marketing hype of rubber mulch. As a homeowner who wants to re-invest as little time as possible to the outdoor space, are there any downsides to using the stuff?
Rubber mulch can look nice if you spend the money on the nice stuff, but there is a lot of speculation about it leaching into the soil.

With the real stuff I just topdress after the initial install if it needs replenishing. Maybe 4 cu ft/ 50sq ft for an inch of coverage.
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