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Question DetailsAsked on 3/9/2012

I want to do my landscaping project in phases because I don't have a large some of money. What is the should be done first?

I need a retianing wall with steps, drainage, grass for georgia (min.water). I want a hardscape area off of the patio, med - lg storage house, and a fence.

I already have an irrigation system in place but don't know what to do next beside wishing Yard Crashers would rescue me.

So what would be the order to have these things done?


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You need to have a pro in to assess the site and decide the logistics/sequencing of the project. Without seeing the site, one can't tell if the retaining wall is integral to the hardscape, where the fence needs to be, where the storage building needs to be, etc..

It's possible that you will need an engineer for the retaining wall - depends on the height. And you might want one company to do the stone work and another the softscape; depending one their areas of expertise.

Answered 8 years ago by Labour of Love


Typically your irrigation and drainage should be addressed first. If you have an existing irrigation system have it reevaluated for your future project. Installing hardscapes will make it very difficult to make changes afterwards.
When phasing a project the first thing to do is to start with an actual drawn plan. Some landscape companies will do this for free but it can typically cost you 300-$800 for an architects drawing.
Knowing where your hardscaping will be will allow you to run sleeves for future power, low voltage lighting, sprinklers, etc.
You can also use "down time" to your advantage by scheduling work at times of the year when most companies are slow.
Good Luck

Answered 8 years ago by Dallas Curb Appeal

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