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How Much Does Landscaping Cost?

Updated: Dec 21, 2020

Are you frustrated with the way your landscaping looks and makes you feel? Are you ready to make some changes but don't know how much money you're going to need to spend? Read this first before you start shopping around for a landscape company. How much will this cost you? The answer to this question may be multi-faceted. Are you only looking to landscape a small area or are you wanting to redesign your entire yard? What type of materials will be used - concrete pavers or flagstone? Do you want more mature plants and trees installed for an instant landscape or can you wait for them to grow and fill in with time? How's the access to the work site - right by the road where we can easily get materials to or all the way in the back through a narrow fence gate? All these factors and more play into the cost of a landscaping project.

At McBrayer Landscapes, we know that what you really want to know before moving forward with a new landscaping project is "How much is this going to cost me??" Below are some things to keep in mind and questions you'll want answered when you're looking to hire a landscape company and receive estimates.

  • How soon can you start?

  • How long will the work take?

  • What is your warranty for the work?

  • Will you work on your project each work day until it is finished or will you bounce around to other jobs in between?

  • How is their online reputation?

  • Are they licensed and insured?

It may be helpful to compare buying a new landscape to purchasing a new car. Have you ever shopped online for a new car? You may find a base price of a vehicle for $35,000. That's not too bad. Then you start building the new car and adding features and all the bells and whistles. Next thing you know, the car is $55,000. Spending the extra $20,000 may be worth it to you. After all, you spend a lot of time in the car. It's worth it to you to get what you want.

Just like buying a new vehicle and selecting options, there are many upgrades to consider in the landscape too. There is much value in looking at all your options before purchasing a new landscape to make sure the final product fits your needs and provides you years of enjoyment. At McBrayer Landscapes, we believe it is our job to make sure you understand all of your options. In the design phase, we will go over all the possibilities. As we work through the design and pricing, the customer can decide what's important and how much they are comfortable with spending.

Common upgrades for your landscaping project are:

  • Patio and Walkway

  • Fire Pit

  • Retaining Wall

  • Boulders

  • Landscape Lighting

  • Koi Pond

  • Sprinkler System

These are just a few of the options.

The more options chosen, the higher the cost of the project. Each site is unique and will have its own set of challenges that can impact cost as well.

An experienced landscape design and build company should be able to provide you with a ballpark estimate cost for the work you're looking to have done prior to a site visit. We do this to be as transparent as possible with potential clients.

The total cost of your landscaping project will depend on the scope and size of your project. Very large projects can often be broken up into phases to fit a client's budget if needed.

Typical costs for landscaping projects are:

Front Yard Landscaping - $2,500 to $10,000+. Price will depend on size and quantity of plants as well as how much existing landscape needs to be removed. How much grading needs to be done as well as how much lawn will need to be replaced also plays into cost.

Back Yard Landscaping - $2,500 to $15,000+. Price will depend on the same factors as front yard landscaping - plant size and quantity, removal of existing landscape, grading and repairing lawn areas.

Paver Patio - $5,000 to $20,000+. Complexity of design, size, materials chosen, and site access are contributing factors to pricing a paver patio. If you add a fire pit, seating wall, and an outdoor kitchen, the price range could be $40,000 to $100,000 or more!

Fire Pit - $1,500 to $2,500+. Fire pits have become very popular in recent years as a place to gather with family and friends. Gas fire features cost even more.

Landscape Lighting - Start at $2,500 for a small lighting system but average $3,500 to $8,000. Larger systems can exceed this range. Lighting adds a warmth to your home at night, providing an aesthetic appeal, safety, and security.

As you can see, there is a wide range of prices for landscaping. Much of this is is dependent on the features you desire in your new landscape. As stated before, it's easy to phase in a landscape. You can build the patio one year and add plants and lighting the next. We hope this information was helpful for your next landscaping project!

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