Keeping cost in mind

The amount of money you need to spend depends on a number of factors. Check out Chapter 1 for some more budgeting advice, and keep these elements in mind as you tabulate costs:

  • Location: Prices are generally higher in big cities and where property values are high. Regional prices vary considerably.
  • Size: Naturally, the larger your property, the more you'll spend.
  • Who does the work: Doing the job yourself can save you 30 to 80 percent.
  • The company you hire: Bids from landscape professionals can vary by 100 percent or more, depending on the company's experience, size, overhead, distance from the job, and yes, your attitude.
  • The amount of hardscape you want: Hardscape (the stuff made with concrete and rebar and lumber) is way more expensive per square foot of landscaped area than plants are.

As a rule of thumb, count on spending anywhere from $20,000 to $70,000 on the average complete landscaping job for a typical property. Landscaping is a major investment.

Sustainable landscaping can cost less — sometimes much less — than conventional landscaping, especially if you stick with a primarily plant-based project. But the best news of all is that by landscaping sustainably, you save a huge amount in maintenance costs for the life of the project, which is where the real expenses are.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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