Anna, straw bale fences can mitigate noise problems, and when constructed correctly a straw bale structure can be very durable and strong. Although the bulk of the fence is made with bales of straw, concrete footings and steel re-bar are also necessary when building straw bail structures.
There are a couple of key factors here, exactly how much slope in the yard and do you have a place to put the dirt that you are going to move. Even a little bit of slope, for example 3% when cut flat over a square half acre (approx 20,000 square feet or roughly 142' x 142') will leave you with about a 4' retaining wall and about 1500 cubic yards of dirt to haul away (75 truck and trailers of dirt).
There are many factors that are going to affect the cost of grading your yard. How big is your yard? Can you get earth-moving equipment into your yard? Are you going to have to bring fill dirt into or out of your yard? Are there any local regulations or codes regarding changing the drainage of a lot? Are there any large rocks that may need to be moved? These are all issues that can dramatically affect the cost of what would seem like a simple little project.
There is no sure fire way to locate the irrigation lines without some digging. I would start with the sprinklers, dig down and try to identify which way the lines are running.
Nathan, if you are going to use sand as the foundation for your swimming pool, then you should first build a sturdy crib enclosure to contain the sand, and then install some landscape fabric to help prevent grass and weeds from growing up around the pool. One way to accomplish this is to build the foundation crib out of pressure treated 6 X 6's, making the foundation pad slightly larger than the dimensions of the pool.
You have a few things going on here, a patio that needs to be leveled out, tree roots that need to be removed from beneath your patio, and a tree causing the problems that you do not want to cut down. Chances are, if you remove all the roots from beneath the patio, you will kill the tree.
Just stumbled across this amazing backyard on Design*Sponge. It's the home of Meredith Kleinman, an interior designer and painter, and she has truly made me covet her home.
A backyard pond is a gorgeous addition to your property. But it does require regular maintenance, and it needs special attention right before the winter winds begin to blow.
The ancient Asian culture tells us that water has long been a symbol of rejuvenation and used for relaxation. There is little wonder that so many people have chosen to use this element in their backyards for the beauty and appeal of it.
When you see others with garden pond water features, you might become jealous of how great they look. And in doing so, you might wonder if you can add these features to your home as well.