How much does building a garden wall cost?

Price guide

$400 - $1,200

low

$400

median

$800

high

$1,200

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The average cost of building a garden wall is $400 to $1,200. The price depends on the materials, height, length, and thickness.

If you love gardening, these walls can improve the look of your garden. Garden walls are low walls that line a landscape feature. They're commonly about 18-24 inches in height and divide. They also emphasise landscape elements to provide visual interest. 

Garden walls are different from retaining walls, which are usually 3 feet or higher. Retaining walls are strong structures built to stabilise hills, slopes, or mounds of earth. Thus, they should adhere to strict construction standards and might require engineering and civic approval.

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a woman building a garden wallGarden wall price list

Here's an overview of garden wall projects and their respective costs:


Price according to area

Location

Average cost

Sydney

$70 to $110

Melbourne

$80 to $100

Brisbane

$80 to $100

Canberra

$35 to $60

Perth

$80 to $100

Adelaide

$60 to $80


Price according to wall type

Wall type

Average cost per square metre

Concrete sleeper

$350 to $550

Timber sleeper

$250 to $350

Brick

$250 to $650

Sandstone

$200 to $500

Stone veneer

$150 to $250

Treated pine

$250 to $350

Factors affecting garden wall costs


Brick material

If you're looking for the cheapest way to build a garden wall, choose from these different brick materials:

Type Cost
Common bricks $600 to $850
Facing bricks $650 to $1,200 per 1,000 pieces
Mortar $70 to $150 per 1,000 pieces
Concrete bricks $1 to $3 each
Clay bricks $0.50 to $2.50 each
Engineered bricks $0.55 to $1.75 each


Wall size

The size of the wall will determine the cost of the garden wall project. Your garden wall's linear feat, height, and allowance for architectural roadblocks will increase its value.


Labour fees

The time frame for the project usually ranges between 1 to 4 days for a standard garden size of 15 metres. Tradespeople usually charge around $55 per hour.


Waste disposal

If you need to excavate an old wall or remove a fence, you might incur additional waste disposal costs or skip hire fees. You can do it yourself, but excavating might take too much time and effort without ample experience.
a brick garden wall

Garden wall quotes from Taskers

If your garden wall project is simple, you can hire a labourer, which is cheaper. Their skill and experience, however, could vary. On the other hand, a bricklayer is experienced in masonry and will therefore be more expensive. You can also ask a professional to design a landscape for your garden.

Depending on the size and thickness of your garden wall and the material you want, garden walls cost around $83 to $600. Get a more accurate quotation and make an informed decision by reaching out to a Tasker. Don't forget to provide the details of your exciting garden wall project. Explore your options and read more about how it works.

Price guide

$400 - $1,200

low

$400

median

$800

high

$1,200

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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FAQs

For single-skin brick walls, you can multiply the length of the wall by the height to get the number of bricks you need. Don't forget to add 10% for any wastage during the build.
You can use fences, hedges, gates, or trees as alternatives. These might not be as strong as a garden wall, but you can save on labour costs since these options are relatively easy to DIY.
It depends on the type and quality of the garden wall. You also need to consider the condition of the soil, water drainage, and maintenance. Garden walls constructed of masonry materials (and skills) can last 50 to 100 years. Those made of wood can last up to 40 years with proper care.
Most areas require a permit to build a retaining wall and a garden wall. It mainly depends on the location, size, and materials. Be sure to check local laws and regulations before starting your construction project.
Weather conditions, scrapes, holes, and structural issues are common for garden walls. If your wall has a crack, the brickwork is damaged. Slanted walls can be dangerous. Sagging is a sign of structural problems and faulty design. These issues can cost around $35 per hour to repair.
For single-skin brick walls, you can multiply the length of the wall by the height to get the number of bricks you need. Don't forget to add 10% for any wastage during the build.
It depends on the type and quality of the garden wall. You also need to consider the condition of the soil, water drainage, and maintenance. Garden walls constructed of masonry materials (and skills) can last 50 to 100 years. Those made of wood can last up to 40 years with proper care.
Weather conditions, scrapes, holes, and structural issues are common for garden walls. If your wall has a crack, the brickwork is damaged. Slanted walls can be dangerous. Sagging is a sign of structural problems and faulty design. These issues can cost around $35 per hour to repair.
You can use fences, hedges, gates, or trees as alternatives. These might not be as strong as a garden wall, but you can save on labour costs since these options are relatively easy to DIY.
Most areas require a permit to build a retaining wall and a garden wall. It mainly depends on the location, size, and materials. Be sure to check local laws and regulations before starting your construction project.

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