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Landscaping can have a major impact on your homeowner experience. Landscaping projects not only help create your ideal outdoor space but can also improve kerb appeal and the value of your house before you’re about to sell. Whether you want to plant some native foliage, add water features, or install lighting, landscaping is a great investment. 

Average landscaping costs

How much does landscaping cost? Expect to pay $500 to $800 for small yard maintenance to over $20,000 for complex installations and large yard redesigns. For minor projects, the landscaper will typically offer an hourly rate of $40 to $80. But for larger projects, you can expect a quote for the full project, from start to finish. On average, it's recommended to set aside 5–10% of your home’s value for major outdoor improvements.

What factors affect landscaping costs?

In addition to front yard landscaping costs, you’ll need to consider the materials for major projects and installations. Worthwhile landscaping projects include:

Landscaping service


Sprinkler systems

$1 (per square foot)

Patios and decks

$150 to 250 (per square metre)

Lighting installation

$1,000 to $6,000

Sprinkler systems 

Sprinklers are an important part of landscape design, especially if you're adding sod or a variety of plants to your lawn. Sprinkler systems have a wide range of costs. However, you can expect to spend $1 per square foot.

Patios and decks 

Patios and porches increase in price depending on their size and design complexity. Budgeting between $150 to $250 per square metre will give you a safe estimate of the overall cost of your project. A simple ground patio project is more expensive if you include additional features, such as a pergola, seat wall, or fire pit.

Lighting installation 

Outdoor wiring is different from indoor wiring, so it’s best to book a professional for electrical installation or lighting projects. Electrician call-out fees range from $50 to $90, while installation costs for simple lighting systems are $1,000 to $6,000+, depending on the scope or complexity.

a terrace with outdoor lighting

Material costs and hourly rates

In various parts of Australia, the average cost of landscaping is $50 to $75 an hour. This typically only includes labour, so you also need to ask for an estimate of material and plant costs. These are what usually make a simple landscaping project expensive. 

You want to reserve approximately one-third of your budget for plants alone if you're planning to add greenery to your design. In addition to flowers and shrubs, have a budget for shade trees and artificial turf or sod.  

The rest of your budget depends on extra structural elements, such as a gazebo, fireplace, or pool, and services such as land grading. Talk to your landscaper to determine what's essential to achieve your desired result and what you can do yourself. 

What services does a landscape designer offer?

Note that gardeners and landscapers have different areas of expertise. Basically, landscape designers go beyond planting flowers and laying down sod. They're experienced builders who can add both natural and structural elements to your yard, turning it into a livable outdoor oasis. Once you have an idea of what features are most important to you, find a landscaper who can meet your specific needs. 

Landscape designers can construct walls, pathways, driveways, patios and porches, fire pits, pools, and more. They can also create ecological designs using flowers and greenery that best suit your climate and personal tastes.

Many landscapers provide land grading services. Land grading is the process of creating or correcting slopes in your yard to provide an ideal space for your building projects. Land grading is essential if you have a yard with an uneven slope where you want to build something.

See also: How to level an uneven lawn

Finding the right landscape designer

Finding a quality landscape designer can be difficult. Many don't advertise their work heavily but rely on word of mouth and referrals. Even if you have a friend who recommends a professional, do your own research to ensure they’re the right fit. 

Before you hire a landscape designer, make sure they have:

  • A portfolio of past projects for the kind of work you’re looking for
  • Proof of liability insurance and other licenses
  • A list of references
  • An expected timeline and quote for your project (either hourly or by the project)
  • Specialists on staff for the installation or project you want

Landscaping quotes from Taskers

Some common landscaping tasks on our platform include:

Service Price

Soil prep and turf installation


Landscaping day labour


Levelling small garden areas


Soil removal


Garden prep


a house with a deck leading to a pondIf you have experience, some landscaping projects can be done by yourself. However, for major landscaping, you’ll save more money by hiring a professional who can get it right the first time. A professional will offer better prices for materials and be familiar with building codes and zoning laws to ensure that your projects won’t cause legal issues.

See also: How to build a retaining wall

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Landscaping services unfortunately don’t have a set price, so it can be difficult to gauge just how much you’ll need to budget until you get an estimate. For a project that can have a major impact on your home’s appearance and value, it’s never a good idea to sacrifice quality for cost.

Landscaping can be a great way to add kerb appeal and value to your home before you sell. However, you’ll want to work with your realtor and do some research on current home trends to determine features that are most important to buyers in your area. Not only do you want to add aesthetic features, such as a patio and shade trees, you might also want to include money-saving or “green” features, such as solar-powered outdoor lighting or an efficient sprinkler system.

Some landscaping maintenance projects can be easily done without a professional. Mowing your lawn, adding small bushes and flowers, and trimming shrubs are easy maintenance tasks that will instantly improve the look of your lawn. However, anything that requires design or building work will likely require a professional’s help.

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