Holy crap landscaping is expensive! We got an estimate last summer to do mulch and some basic plants in our front yard and it was around $4,000. Ugh.
A few years ago, I decided to be Mr. Badass and cut my own mulch beds, not having a fucking clue what I was doing. I had a friend over, we popped some beers, and started cutting squiggly lines in the grass like the pros do. Then I bought a bunch of dirt, covered up whatever grass was left, and eventually topped it with mulch. Bingo! There you have it, a perfectly landscaped yard. Except… no plants or flowers… and a ton of weeds within weeks. I suck at this.