iso good diy landscaping advice site(s)
We've used the GW home forums heavily as we recently completed an interior remodel with a general contractor taking it to sheet rock and my spouse doing all of the finishing (tile, plumbing, floor install, etc.). We are now turning to landscaping our small front yard and I'm trying to find a forum that doesn't mind what may turn out to be very uninformed questions/problems. It seems that this forum here is more for experts rather than DIY, is that correct? We hired a native plants landscape designer 3 years ago to look at our site and recommend plants/landscaping and we are now going to try to make that plan a reality. Given our personal preferences (and our budget), we can't hire out the entire project, but we might be able to hire out parts and would love a place where we could get feedback (hire this part out, do this yourself, etc.). Our first task is to do soil testing on some sections where nothing seems to grow and then to install some small berms to provide some privacy from the school drop-off traffic that happens in front of our house. I was looking for a site where I could start posting questions on these two issues (e.g., where to have soil testing done, do we need to kill the grass before installing a berm on top, etc.)
Any recommendations for sites/information/assistance?