Landscaping on any budget
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Whether it's cleaning up the yard and adding some pretty flowers or going all out with a total redesign, a well-cared for lawn can add up to 14 percent of your home's value. Your landscaping project doesn't have to be big or cost an arm and a leg to add value.
Angie's List asked highly rated landscapers about projects for every budget.
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.
Before you dig too deeply into hiring a landscaping contractor, take time to do two things:
When shopping around to get the most landscaping bang for your buck, always verify a company's insurance and applicable 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.
Here are 5 questions to ask prospective landscapers.
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