Getting your backyard or front garden landscaped can cost a lot more than many people think. It isn’t unusual for landscaping to cost up to 10 per cent of the total value of your home. In fact, According to Hipages, you can expect to pay between $55 and $70 an hour for an experienced landscaper, $850 for a basic garden design and up to $6000 for 10 pages of design work and renderings from a qualified landscaper.
However, Homeadvisor reports that you can engage a landscaper for a verbal consultation on-site for one or two hours at a cost of $50-$150 per hour, depending on which end of the market you choose your landscaper from.
Most people engage the services of a landscaper when they want to completely overhaul their property, as a landscaper can plan, oversee and execute the entire project from start to finish. However, you don’t have to engage a landscaper for every aspect of your project, and there are ways you can landscape your property on the cheap, and DIY a few things for keep your project within budget.
Cheap landscaping ideas that will keep you within budget
Work out exactly what areas of your garden you want to change, what you want to do to your garden and the style you want to achieve. With this laid out, you can analyse the overall project and identify areas where costs can be cut.
2. Shop around
When you’re shopping for outdoor furniture or project materials, don’t feel as though you are limited to local hardware stores and garden nurseries. Check out eBay, Gumtree, garage sales, and junkyards for materials that can salvaged or second-hand furniture or pots that could be used in your project.
3. Reconsider lawn
Consider reducing your lawn size or areas covered with grass. Creating flowerbeds and filling them with native plants or hardy shrubs and flowers will look lovely, and cost less if you’re ground needs significant work to create a flat space.
Tidy up garden beds with mulch, it’s a cheap and easy trick that will make your yard more presentable and your plants happy.
5. Avoid monocultures
Avoid monocultures to keep weeds and pests at bay, monocultures are also susceptible to damage so it may be helpful to combine different types of turf in your lawn. Doing this may take down costs, especially if you choose budget-friendly options that easily thrive in your area
If you want a simple, low-maintenance garden then hedge plants are a good option for you. They can be trimmed to fill awkward garden beds and are easily to look after. They can also be grown from cuttings, which can save you money in the long run.
7. Work with what you have
Work with the land and the plants you already have on the property if you want to keep the overall cost of your landscaping project down.
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