The yard has come a long way in the past year- we've built a garden, installed new sod, and created some granite pathways that lead to a fire pit area. While the work isn't 100% completed and there are a few flower beds that could use a bit of color, I think enough basics are in place to go ahead and break down the budget.
First, let's remember what we started with:
The Grass $564.86
Tiller rental from Home Depot- $55
Hourly truck rental from HD (twice due to broken tiller)- $74.80
Yard bags to collect debris- $6
Sod pallets (3 with a lot left over) and delivery- $429.06
The Beds and Paths $766.57
A ton of composite edging and stakes for borders- $351.70
Weed blocking fabric- $71.28
Sand for granite paths and sitting area- $46.50
Decomposed granite for paths and sitting area- $112
Delivery for granite and sand- $95
Mulch and soil for flower beds (so far)- $70.09
Solar lights (on mega sale)- $20
New Tools $37.94
Rubber mallet- $4.97
The Garden Box $128.29
see garden breakdown post
Grand total*= $1497.66
*Excluding plants and future projects such as A/C screens
If I were to do it again...
I would have never guessed that laying new sod (after prepping the area) would have been so easy and relatively cheap. Unfortunately, I also never guessed that the edging for the beds and pathways would have been so expensive. We wanted to plan a good amount of granite and flower bed areas in order to limit the space we'd need to water, but I'm sure there would have been a more efficient way to design the path and bed layouts to minimize the need for those borders!
PS To all of you who were jealous when we had yard work and warm weather while you were buried in snow this past winter... you might be happy to find out that we had to watch our fireworks on T.V. this year due to drought conditions in our area :(.