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How do I find free to low cost landscaping in the Rochester, NY area?

I am a home owner and need to have my back yard leveled out and new grass put in. I'm a single mom with a small budget and nothing close to a green thumb. Help!

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  1. Call your county offices. They often keep lists of people and companies who provide lower cost landscaping for seniors or low income clients. You could also contact your local Community college or high school. They may offer to use your yard as a class project or a student may do the designs for free if they can use it for their developing portfolio. Also contacting local nurseries or landscapers may donate plants for little or no cost if you keep a small yard sign visible to the street to advertize their name. Or just comb the library for garden design books and pick what you'd like, rent the roto-tiller from Home Depot and appeal to friends and family for use of the muscles and time. Good Luck.
  2. put an ad in the local paper. Maybe you have a talent or service you could use to barter? I just moved from Rochester & know many friendly folks there.