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Landscaping Cost

Information about landscaping prices & ideas for saving money

A landscaping project can cost anywhere from $5,000 to over $100,000. When deciding on a budget keep in mind that investing in professional landscaping will greatly add to the value of your home. A general rule of thumb is to spend 10% of your home's value on landscaping. So, if you have a $400,000 house then a landscaping budget of $40,000 is appropriate.

Projects Under $25,000

Coming in at just under $20,000, this zen-inspired Florida courtyard features a Coral Stone bench, Asian lanterns and smooth black river rock in place of grass .

This custom outdoor kitchen and pergola cost around $22,000. It features a stainless steel grill and sideburner, as well as a sink and raised bar.

The budget for this landscape was $21,000. Features include stucco walls, a flagstone patio, retention basin, indigenous boulders, low-water plants and lighting.

Projects Under $50,000

This urban garden transformation cost less than $50,000. Features include a privacy fence, a furnished dining and entertaining patio, container plantings and a fountain.

Revamping this front yard cost $30,000. Features include a decomposed granite path with brick inlays, large boulders, native plants, young trees and a small lawn.

A budget of $42,000 got this Colorado homeowner a paver patio complete with a custom gas fireplace, brick raised beds and plantings.

Projects Under $150,000

The cost of this backyard pool project was $100,000. Features include exposed aggregate decking, three concrete fountains, stucco walls, and cantilevered coping.

Transforming this Illinois backyard cost $100,000. Features include a multi-level deck, resurface patio, natural stone steps and walls, a large fire pit and granite boulders.

This Ohio landscaping project was $80,000. Features include a custom fireplace, natural waterfall, bluestone patio and seat walls and plantings.

Projects Over $300,000

The landscaping for this property cost over $500,000. Features include a full-length lap pool with underwater speakers, spa, travertine paving, a large lawn and more.

Landscaping this backyard cost $450,000. Features include a pool and spa, rope swing, waterslide, multiple fire features, basketball & bocce courts, and an outdoor kitchen.

The budget for this luxury backyard was $1,500,000. Features include a glass mosaic pool and spa, covered sports bar with five TVs, fire pit and fireplace.

Factors that Impact Landscaping Costs:

  • The size of your yard
  • The features you desire (i.e. patio, outdoor kitchen, pool, etc.)
  • The materials and plants you select
  • Where materials are sourced from
  • Your location
  • Local labor costs

Working with a professional landscaping company will help you understand what is possible within your budget. For example, a designer can show you three fireplaces at different price points - an affordable prefabricated model, a mid-range customizable kit and a high-end original design. Being upfront about what you want to spend will help your designer suggest features and materials in your cost range. Weigh your options and make your decision based on budget and quality. The best way to determine the overall cost of your landscaping budget is to have a local professional come to your property and give you an estimate. Consider getting multiple estimates to ensure that you pay a fair amount.

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