Planning to upgrade your landscaping in the near future? If so, you need to establish a budget. Understanding what you can pay upfront and what you can afford for maintenance will help you plan the perfect landscape design. Read on to learn how much you should set aside for landscaping.

How to Budget for Landscaping Design and Maintenance

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends investing 10% to 20% of your home’s value on landscaping. If your home is worth $300,000, your suggested budget would be between $30,000 and $60,000. That investment should cover the initial landscape design/build, as well as yearly landscape maintenance. 

Of course, every home, neighborhood and situation are unique. If you’re investing in your forever home, your budget may be based more on aesthetics than increased property value. If you’re using landscaping to increase the sales price and appeal of your home before selling, that may change your budget. We can help you find the right option based on your overall goals.

Factors That Impact Landscaping Costs

Landscaping costs involve far more than the price of plants. You may see a beautiful plant for a low price, only to find out that it costs twice as much just to maintain it every year. When creating your landscape budget, it’s important to consider all of the factors:

  • Annual maintenance requirements, either from a professional landscaping company or from your own efforts
  • Irrigation, fertilization and water to feed the plants
  • Plant sustainability – Is this plant going to thrive in this location?
  • Plant renovation, pruning and plant replacement costs
  • How much your current landscaping is adding to or detracting from your property value
  • The amount of time it will take for plants to reach maturity, if you plan to purchase them small and let them grow
  • The purpose of your landscaping plan – resell value, curb appeal, personal aesthetics, etc.

Some of these factors may represent more of the budget than others, but they all need to be kept in mind. The landscape designers at Berns Landscaping will ask targeted questions during your design consultation to determine which plan best suits your budget, or what budget best suits your plans.

Plan Your Landscaping in Phases That Align with Your Budget

You don’t have to pay for the entire landscape design all at once. You can plan your landscaping in phases as funds come available. For example, you may focus the first year on enriching your soil, adding irrigation and clearing away overgrown plants on the property. Then the second year could involve shaping the plant materials, adding new landscaping features, and nourishing the turf. Your phases may include hardscaping, water features, or multi-stage plant renovation. The possibilities are endless, and Berns Landscaping is here to help at every step.

Our landscape designs are thoughtful, practical, and environmentally conscious. We would be happy to help you create a realistic landscaping budget based on your goals. Give us a call at (586) 756-1145 to schedule your landscape consultation.

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