The “year of renovation and renewal” for my garden was an ambitious project. I had two gardens that were useless, one because of weeds and the other because of its construction – filled with gravel, rocks and buried stepping stones with a scant inch of soil over them. I wanted both of those fixed. One, the island bed, I could do myself with just some heavy work that was done by my son. The other needed professional work.
I also needed more than the usual spring tree work done, another professional job. I had two gardens in need of intensive weeding. My dock was in ruins. And I wanted my house painted. This was done by my daughter, who was formerly a professional painter.
- The wrong landscaper
I relied on a friend’s recommendation for a landscaper to renovate the slope garden in my back yard, the one that was so poorly built as to be unusable. This turned out to be a bad decision. I was overcharged for a job that did not turn out particularly well. While I did get a usable bed out of it, the topsoil delivered was utterly filled with weed seeds, the finished project was not the rock garden I wanted but simply two large, tiered beds, and the stepping stone staircase was simply bungled. It cost another $200 to have the staircase fixed. Moral: Get more than one estimate, and use Angie’s List! Continue reading