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A flooring contractor will charge $1,412 to install 12-inch marble tiles laid in mortar in a 10- by 10-foot hallway, with $545 in materials. Full story (Sherwin Williams /November 18, 2013)
Planting ground cover can be the solution in a landscape where nothing else grows. Choose a low-growing plant in a shaded area or as an edging around a garden bed. Use it to fill in around a tree where its roots have spread and left little topsoil for plants to thrive. A tall ground cover is a good choice as backdrop in a large garden bed. Be advised, though, that when a ground cover multiplies and takes over, you may have to tame its growth throughout the season.
A landscape contractor will charge $283 to plant Pachysandra, a hardy ground cover, in a 100-square-foot garden bed. You can buy the material for $210 and plant them and save a nice 26 percent. You'll need a shovel and rake to work the soil -- make sure to remove any stones and clumps of soil -- and a hand trowel to dig the holes for the plants. Most plant labels suggest the distance between plants so they'll grow and thrive. Cover the plants with light mulch to ward off weeds and retain moisture in the soil. The mulch also creates a nice, uniform cover while the plants have a chance to grow and spread.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$283 -- $210 -- 4.2 -- 5.5 -- $73 -- 26 Percent
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