How much do landscaping projects really cost?

“How much does landscaping cost?”

One of the first questions ALL of our potential clients always want to know is “How much does a typical landscaping project cost”?

Although this is a very difficult question to answer, we will try to do our best here to explain some general pricing guidelines.

The best way to explain it would be to give an example…

Landscaping projects are kind of like buying a home entertainment system….because with so many options available, the price can vary drastically.

Say at first you want to get a new 32-inch flat LED/LCD TV for under $400-$500.

But then you start thinking about adding on a DVD player or that top-of-the-line game console, then a high quality sound bar, or even one of those “home-theater-in-a-box” sound systems.

There goes a couple thousand bucks.

Then you have to have a super strong TV stand and/or media storage cabinet. And so there goes several more hundreds of dollars.

But what if your partner (or the neighbors complain that the ice rattles in their glasses during football games?) so you think about moving everything into the family room/den/man-cave/basement.

Now that you would have more space, you should get a bigger flat screen (80-inches), which requires a new mounting system (and reinforcing your wall), plus a room-wide sound system with better speakers, etc.

And oh, yeah don’t forget, you should get a nice, cushy sectional sofa and some recliner “theater” chairs!

But wait, what about adding a REAL bar? Yeah! But the remodeling costs…?

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Okay, we were exaggerating just a little bit for effect.

But as you can see the costs for a “simple” home entertainment system can quickly add up from under $500 to $10,000’s of dollars depending on what you want.

So considering that the average American sells or trades their TV every five to eight years after purchase, why do so many people elect to get so many optional upgrades?

The answer is because most people understand the importance of getting what they want the first time – so as to not have any regrets later down the road.

Did you know most Americans spend over 5 hours a day watching their TVs?

So naturally people want to make sure their entertain systems will provide them with comfort, quality, longevity, and ease of use.

These same principles typically apply to most landscaping projects.

You’re going to see your garden, lawn or yard every day for as long as you live in your home, so picking the right landscape design with the right options and the right landscaper to install it for you is critical.

Most people want to make sure that whatever they pay for a landscape design/project that they get the maximum enjoyment from it — with minimum maintenance and hassles.

Because of this most people are looking to get a project done right the first time, so they elect to get the  landscape design that will make them happiest in the long-run.

Unfortunately, some people only focus on the initial price of the design or the installation costs, with the goal of finding the cheapest landscaper, thinking this will save them money.

The problem with this approach is they often end up sacrificing on:

  • aesthetics,
  • quality,
  • functionality,
  • and low-maintenance costs

Which inevitably leads to regret — especially considering that unlike a TV set or DVD player, a landscape cannot be traded in or “returned” if they become dissatisfied and unhappy with it.

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 how much landscaping costs
small log planter outside our office

Some of the most common “add-ons” found can increase the pricing of a landscape design project:

  • Stone Steps
  • Water features
  • Retaining walls
  • Raised planting beds
  • Pathways and walkways
  • Handrails and stairways
  • Extra concrete driveways
  • Decorative stone landscaping
  • Big plant installations (for mature trees and shrubs)

As you can see, there are many options available.

When someone receives a quote from our company, we always recommend that you get a free garden consultation from us so we can thoroughly examine each option as to educate you, the homeowner on each option’s benefits.

We want to identify its overall importance to the success of the project and we will always answer your landscaping questions, openly and honestly.

If you would like to discuss your next landscaping project or get a free garden consultation, we invite you to > contact us here.