mark-twain-smallThe secret of getting ahead is getting started.  The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
--  Mark Twain

  • Call 1-800-332-2344 to locate utilities.
  • Remove shrubs and tree as indicated on plan.
  • Remove cement sidewalk.
  • Remove rock steps.
  • Remove partial fence from east side.
  • Remove rock from existing rain garden.
  • Layout areas for rain garden, flagstone paver front entry path, wood (or composite wood) deck, re-shaped lawn area and plant beds.
  • Remove sod per plan.  Rent sod cutter to remove in strips.
  • Install irrigation system (front and back) -- trench, layout pipes, install valves and backflow devices, install heads for lawn area, test the system, backfill and compact soil in trenches.  Contact Homescaper for contractor referrals.
  • Install boulders.
  • Install wood (or composite wood) deck over existing cement landing.
  • Install flagstone paver path (193 sq.ft.) as follows: excavate 3-4”.  Install steel edging (115 lin.ft.).  Spread approximately 2 cu.yds. of 1/4” minus crushed gravel.  Rent plate compactor to level and compress gravel.  Work flagstone pavers (flattest side up) into crushed gravel until level.  Spread crushed gravel between joints.
  • Install bamboo trellis.
  • Install new fence and arbor.
  • Install rain garden and rain barrel.
  • Improve the soil in plant bed areas (1,924 total sq.ft.) as follows: purchase 6 cu.yds. of blended soil; spread over the existing soil to a depth of 1 1/2", rototill to a depth of 6".
  • Install plant material -- begin with largest material (trees first, then large shrubs followed by smaller shrubs).  Follow with perennials, grasses, and groundcovers.  See Planting Tips document for planting information.
  • Complete installation of irrigation system -- install and adjust heads, drip irrigation, and program controller.
  • Final grade entire site; planting areas to slope away from house, sidewalks/entrys, driveway, patios and paths.
  • Spread organic compost over planting beds to a depth of 1 - 2 inches.  Improve soil by re-applying 1 – 2” of organic compost every year.
  • Recycle plastic pots at local nursery (or call Homescaper).