(Closed) How much does landscaping cost? Any bees with beautiful backyards?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 16
346 posts
Helper bee

We’ve done a few yard before and we did most of the work ourselves, so we have managed to save a lot of money.

We had concrete work done. We had a single car driveway torn up and redone, the sidewalk to the front door, and a backyard patio about the same size you are looking at. The estimates for it varied from $6K-15K.

Irrigation systems typically cost us about $1,300 to install ourselves. We have four zones, I believe.

Landscape fabric was super pricey. We were spending about $1K per yard.

We mostly do xeriscaped yards, but in our yard we put in about 1,000sq.ft. of sod. We easily spent over $2K on that. The upkeep in the desert is crazy too. We had to buy a fabric fence to train our dog not to pee on it too.

Rock is pretty pricey too. Most people would be shocked to know they need well more than a few tons. If you need delivery that jacks up the price too.

Trees vary. We’ve bought a few $500 trees. We’ve also bought a few seedlings that have really taken off.

Every dollar we have spent has been well worth it though.

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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LittleButtons:  thank you! The space was pretty useless before so I’m really glad we did it. Definitely worth the money. 

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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LittleButtons:  It really just depends on what you want done. Landscaping is certainly expensive, but then again, so is labor! We have stuff done each year, because while I could care less, the yard is super important to my DH. Our first major project was the front yard, and I think that was close to 7-8K. We had a pipe put into our ditch, covered w/ dirt and sod (so it’s a flat yard w/ no ditch), and had a majority of the existing flower bed removed and cleaned up. We also had a full irrigation system installed in the front & back yard.

From there we spend another $2k each spring to tidy it up w/ new mulch, flowers, etc. They also come weekly throughout the warmer months to mow.

We will likely tackle our back yard next, which is huge to be very expensive. Our lot is not fully cleared, so we’ll be at least $5k having that done before we sod, extend the irrigation, etc. Instead of flowers we’ll do shrubs around the base of the house and that will be it. 


The best thing you can do is just call a couple of landscaping companies and have them come out and give you a quote. 

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Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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LittleButtons:  yikes. Your plans don’t sound too expensive and I am sure this is regional, but my landscaping on a new build was over $140,000. It was worth it because it was GORGEOUS and it fit the neighborhood. But I have since taken a much more frugal approach. (Economy etc)

Since then I have done the landscaping plans and planting DIY,  but nothing beats a professional who knows what they are doing. The professional plans and install were just perfection. I still dream of how pretty it was! I am hoping for a loft next:-) no yard! 

make sure you know what you are doing in terms of grade, esp if you go near the foundation of the house. That is nothing to mess around with. 

good luck, your plans look great! 

Post # 21
17 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m also a landscape architect. I’m not sure how big your lot is so that will make a big difference in cost, as well as regional costs will play into that. Also depends if you need topsoil brought in/bobcat work, sprinklers, if you need to tear up the existing lawn and re-level everything to add more. I live in the midwest where cost of living is pretty low and around here I’d say that would end up being in the 2-3K for the cement pad and 10-12K range for a empty backyard lot (house on a 1/4 acre lot). I’ve spent less than that on my back yard but I’ve put a heck of a lot of sweat labor into my yard over the years, more than most people are willing to do.

There are also a lot of ways to save money. If it were me, I’d first get some bids and have the professionals pour the cement pad for the shed, level and prep the area for sod, sprinklers etc. Then possibly looking at DIYing a fire ring with a pea gravel base (just google fire ring gravel for some great ideas). You could have a nicer one built with stone work, or flagstone laid in pea gravel and all that but its going to cost you. If your trying to trim down costs doing the fire ring area yourself is a good spot to start. I’d also encourage you to add some plant materials and trees in there to help soften things. Maybe a border between the lawn area and back area where you could put some shrubs/ trees at least two plants deep? You might consider getting a few bids froma  few companies, costs can vary widely.

Post # 23
398 posts
Helper bee

heres my before and afters.. so far we have spend 4k 


this was before..




this was after with only 2 of us doing all the work!

Post # 24
398 posts
Helper bee

and this morning  naughty dog!!

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