Angie's List: Landscaping on Every Budget

By Lauren Maloney

Published 05/09 2014 04:05PM

Updated 05/12 2014 06:12AM

As the weather warms, it’s time to tackle the outdoor projects.

You might wonder what type of landscaping additions or upgrades fit your budget. 

The good news: there is an array of projects in various price ranges.

“Don’t ignore your home’s landscaping because investments in landscaping can add as much as fourteen percent to the value of your home. You don’t have to do big elaborate projects. Sometimes the simple, basic things like well-manicured flower beds, a nicely done lawn, and adding trees to your property can give you a nice return on investment,” Founder Angie Hicks said.

Homeowner Bryan Nester has hired a professional landscaping company to redesign his yard.

“I’ve got some neighbors that invest significantly into their landscaping so I wanted to be a good neighbor. As well, I value the addition of features outside the home just like I do inside the home,” Homeowner Bryan Nester said.

Angie’s List asked highly rated landscapers to weigh in on what homeowners can get at various budgets.

So what can you get for $50?

“There are several things that can be done. One would be to install mulch in the beds that will insulate the soil and hold in water. That will also cut down on the amount of weeds. Another great thing in the springtime is to install flowers,” Landscaping Contractor Ken Hyatt said.

For $500, you can receive several applications of fertilization and a weed control program.

And for a half-acre lot, you can have your lawn mowed, trimmed, and edged weekly for four months.

“There are a couple of different things you need to do to prevent weeds. One of them is to apply a pre-emergent in the fall and in the winter and make sure that’s watered in. Another thing that many folks don’t realize is that when you mow the lawn in early spring, just cutting those weeds down stresses those weeds down and that will make them go away much faster,” Hyatt said.

For $5,000, a wide variety of projects are available such as patios and retaining walls.

You can also revamp a home’s front foundation landscape.

“If you are dreaming about a big, fancy project for your landscaping, you should talk to a landscaper even if you’re unsure about your budget. The great thing about landscaping is it can be done in phases. Talk to your landscaper. For example, if you’re thinking about doing an outdoor kitchen, instead of going all out and doing it in one summer, add the fire pit this year and another element the next,” Hicks said.

When shopping around to get the most landscaping bang for your buck, Angie’s List recommends always verifying a company’s insurance and licensing information.

What they’re selling may sound like a bargain, but you might end up with a raw deal if they’re not following the rules.

What can you get for $50? At this price range you might be looking at more DIY-type projects, such as buying and spreading your own bags of mulch. But there are a few tasks you can hire a pro to tackle.

·         A flat of seasonal spring flowers, such as begonias, planted and mulched by a highly rated landscaper.

·         Programming a sprinkler’s timer and an operational once-over.

·         One application of fly repellent for an average-sized lawn.

What can you get for $500?

·         A 3-D rendition of a new landscape design.

·         Several applications of a fertilization and weed control program.

·         Lawn mowed and trimmed and edged weekly for four months, for the average half-acre lot.

What can you get for $5,000?

·         A wide variety of finished projects such as patios and retaining walls.

·         Revamping a home’s front foundation landscape. This involves removing most, if not all, of the debris and plants already in the beds.

·         Complete irrigation system in both the front and back yards.

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