We hired a landscape designer to come in and draw us up a landscape blue print. I requested the plan to have LOTS and LOTS of flower beds. He said "I draw up the plans, I don't do the work!"
Well, 6 years later, LOTS of manual labor and THOUSANDS of dollars later, it now looks like this! We refinanced the house for a GREAT interest rate, and in the process had to have the home appraised. We have more than doubled the value of the home in 6 years. I had someone ask me for some before and after pictures, so here they are.
We brought in tractors to haul out old sidewalks and rented a skidloader to haul away loads of dirt. We brought in and DID by ourselves all the brick work for the new sidewalks and courtyard. Hired out the decorative curbing.
I didin't post pics of the backyard, it's not done yet a few more years of work back there still to go, but we brought in an excavator to haul away 50 dumptruck loads of dirt, brought in 3 dumptruck loads of landscape rock, planted 25 trees and hired out curbing there as well. In the process we tipped a skid loader on it's side. Used an old pickup to tie boulders to and drag around the yard. Still have yet to do more brick for another patio and plant about 20 flower beds. Our current project back there is to finish the 200 square foot play area with bark, and play house/playground set.
I've never worked so hard in my life, but I've never felt so rewarded when I smell my Iris' that smell like grape juice and my roses that smell like honey. I love to just sit on the deck and look at my grass grow!