If you’re a property owner—whether it’s a business, a home, or both—you probably already know how important it is to maintain and protect your landscape. A well-manicured landscape not only adds value to your home or business, but it also adds unique character and beauty to your property. Luckily, by creating and sticking to a landscaping budget, you can keep your landscape looking great all year long without breaking the bank.
Below are answers to the most common questions we get about making a landscaping budget. Whether you have a sprawling 10-acre commercial property or just 10 square feet of garden space at home, this information will help you create the right budget for your landscape.
What are essential landscaping expenses?
There are several expenses you can count on every year. Probably the most common are costs related to mowing grass. If you’re a commercial property owner, we recommend leaving this up to the pros, as it’s especially important that your business always looks its best for your staff and clients. If you’re a homeowner, you might save money handling this yourself, but be prepared to set aside enough time to complete the task. We also recommend investing in a reliable mower and making sure you perform regularly scheduled maintenance.
Other essential landscaping expenses include:
- Mulch: If you have beds, mulch should be replaced in the spring, and then again once or twice throughout the year (ideally you should mulch in late fall/early winter).
- Pruning: Flowers, trees, and shrubs will need to be pruned throughout the year. Especially if you have a large property, you may want to hire a contractor to handle this job.
- Hardscaping repairs: Almost every year, you’ll run into a few hardscaping features that need to be repaired. This might include a broken fence post, a cracked brick walkway, or rotting deck wood. Take a survey of your landscape at the start of the year so you’ll know what needs replacing.
- Fertilizing: You’ll probably want to fertilize your grass at least once a year to encourage vibrant growth.
- Snow/ice removal: If you own a commercial property, snow/ice removal is a must—and it’s important for most homeowners, too. You can do it yourself or hire the pros, but make sure you have a plan.
What are ways to improve my landscape on a budget?
There are plenty of ways to make your landscape more functional and beautiful without spending lots of money. The key is to think creatively. Here are a few examples:
- Use groundcover: Groundcover as an alternative to grass is typically inexpensive to plant, and when well maintained can add great beauty to your property. It’s usually also easy to care for.
- Edging: Proper edging is one of the best ways to keep your property looking sharp. Be sure to edge along driveways, walkways, and other hard surfaces.
- Color coordination: One of the easiest ways to improve your landscape is by mixing and matching colors that look great together. Choose flowers that bloom at similar times and that complement each other in texture and color tone.
- Lighting: A few lights in the right places can go a long way toward making your property look great.
- Be consistent and pay attention: Consistency is key to maintaining a healthy landscape. Take a few minutes each week to walk around and look at the health of your plants, and don’t wait to address outstanding problems like plant disease or irrigation issues.
What if I want to totally redesign my landscape?
A landscape redesign usually isn’t inexpensive, but the value it can add to your property will often make it worth the investment. Before budgeting for any landscape redesign, we highly recommend consulting with experienced landscape designers. They’ll be able to show you lots of different options, make suggestions you probably would never have considered, and will also show you how to save money throughout the process.
Should I be handling my landscaping by myself or should I use a contractor?
This is ultimately up to you, and there are pros and cons to each option. If you handle all your landscaping yourself, you may save some money, but you will also need to put considerably more time and effort into keeping your property looking great. You’ll also need to invest in the upfront costs associated with purchasing the right equipment for the job. Especially if you’re a business owner or have a large property, this can get overwhelming fast.
When you work with a contractor, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing your property is in the hands of people who manage landscapes for a living. A good contractor will be consistent, provide you with a seasonal plan, and will be able to tell you exactly what services will cost so you can create your budget down to the last dollar.
If you’re looking to work with an experienced landscaping company with a long history of providing exceptional services for clients, we’re your team. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.