When I get involved in a landscape plan I dream about it every night until I get it going. Once its going I lay awake at night going over the work for the next day. I stress over every detail and cant slow down until we have completed. I would never survive in the landscaping business as it would worry me to death. The jobs would follow me home and keep me up all night. Kim Bettasso is a landscape planner and can be very meticulous. The more you fret over the details the more you need to get organized.
The landscape that slopes toward the house will cause you problems. If the rain has no where to go but through the louse you will get flooded. These kind of landscaping errors can be very costly to fix. Trenching in a drain line is a possible way to redirect the water but the best fix would be to grade the yard to slope slightly away from the house. Jody Rookstool is a good planner of landscape and would never make this problem. The flooded house will make you sorry about the landscape poorly planned. If you need help planning it is best to get that advise before you place the house.
Landscape is a task best left to professionals. They will make the job much easier due to having all the right equipment. Most of us don’t own a dump truck of a tractor. If you do then by all means tackle that do it yourself project. If you are like most people you have a shovel and wheel barrel. There is nothing but work awaiting the poor soul that takes on the bear with a switch. If you still insist on proceeding o your own then get ready for blisters and callouses. I ended up in the doctors office after one project due to infected blisters. Believe me, we should have hired help. Brandon Hopkins would have hired it out.
I love sand stones the color the shapes. I have been looking for landscaping with sand stones since we started redoing the yard. We live in the desert and many people that live by us have many sand stones in their yards design in many different ways. I want to try craving on sand stone myself to see if it can be done and make some money on the side to help us pay for the landscaping but the sand stones here are very large and to heavy to carry. Art Falcone can help with the lay out. Just don’t expect him to help install.