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How Much Does Landscaping Cost?

Author: Brian Eckert

Landscaping Costs

  • The cost of home landscaping depends almost entirely on the kind of work that is to be done, and that varies greatly from homeowner to homeowner.
  • Before having and landscape work done, consult with a professional in the field of landscape design. They will offer landscaping ideas and help you work out a plan to suit individual needs, budgets and landscapes. The average price to have a design plan drawn up is $500-$1000, though a highly related designer could charge $5000 to $15,000.
  • Some nurseries and suppliers might offer a free evaluation if you agree to use them to carry out the final project.
  • A basic job, such as having somebody create naturalistic garden landscaping, costs around $12 per square foot. On a 50x50 foot yard, this would work out to a little more than $25,000.
  • A more formal garden, featuring water, walls or fence, costs between $15-$25 per square foot, or $40,000 to $50,000 for a 50x50 foot yard.
  • An average sized tree costs $125-$250. A large tree costs $250 to $500 or more.
  • Mulch averages $60-$80 per cubic yard or more.
  • Adding a concrete walkway or natural stone costs $5 to $35 per square foot or more, depending on the material.
  • A pergola, a kind of standing structure for plants which provides a recreational area below, costs $8,000-$12,000.
  • A pond costs approximately $7,500.
  • Fencing can cost $10-$30 per linear foot.

Shopping For Landscaping Services?

  • Landscaping design software is available from a number of companies. Highly rated programs include Realtime Landscaping Plus ($80) and Better Homes & Gardens Landscaping and Deck Designer (~$70).
  • Check your local listings for landscapers or ask a neighbor, friend or family member who has recently had landscaping services done. Seek several estimates and if you can, make sure they include a breakdown of materials and labor separately. Also ask to see a portfolio and for references from past customers.
  • The Association of Professional Landscape Designers offers additional resources, including member service providers.

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