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Cost to Landscape a Yard

Getting the landscaping you want can seem like an overwhelming challenge. You may be starting from scratch and staring out at wide open spaces to fill. You may be updating an existing landscape to look more modern. Whatever your reasons for installing a new landscape, the cost and difficulty of the project depends on your needs.

National Install Landscaping Costs

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National Install Landscaping Costs
Average reported cost $3,015
Number of Cost Profiles 8812 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $60
Maximum reported cost $9,000
Most homeowners spent between: $1,810 to $3,215

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Landscaping is not just for the front yard

While most homeowners prefer to landscape the front of their homes, some choose to add backyard landscaping to their to-do list. Stone pathways throughout the yard can be inviting while separating the yard. They can help create sections for the vegetables, flowers, fountains, sheds or bushes. 

Location matters with landscaping

Homeowners should take their climate and location into consideration when landscaping. Make sure that your plants will thrive in the garden. Buying tropical plants when you live in the desert will cause your garden to fail. However, cacti and other succulents are perfect choices for areas without much rain. Also, subdivisions may have rules against some types of landscaping. Be sure to take this all into account before making any purchases.

Use more than just plants with your landscaping

You can be creative with the items you use in your landscaping. These items do not have to be very expensive. A well placed rock that looks natural can go with almost any type of landscaping. Some homeowners use decorative planters in their gardens. Also, if you like to repurpose old things, you can use an old wheelbarrow, a tire or even an old pot for a planter.

Landscape around gazebos

Entertaining outdoors can be a pleasant experience. Building a gazebo in your front or backyard will allow you to show off your landscaping to your visitors or relax and enjoy your beautiful space. Bushes or other tall grasses make excellent borders for your outdoor sitting areas.

Landscaping is not overwhelming when you take the time to plan. With the wide variety of options available, your landscaping project can be inexpensive and simple. If you want something more elaborate, you will likely pay more for it. What is important is that you come up with a design for your landscaping that is just right for you.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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