Adding softscape to your landscaping design can provide a dramatic change to your home and yard. Trees, shrubs, flowers and other ornamental plants along with vegetable and herb gardens, sod, and mulch can help define the character and function of the your home’s exterior. Your landscaper can help you select plantings that are appropriate for your climate and design, and plan for soil preparation, irrigation, and ongoing maintenance. The size and condition of your yard and the softscape elements you select will help determine the overall cost of your project.
Professional softscape installations are as popular at homes as they are at businesses, though the scale and type of plantings may vary with maintenance requirements and the size of the location. Softscape projects at single-family homes are generally completed for around $802, while the work involved in an installation at a commercial site may cost $1894. Pricing for softscapes at apartments will vary with the scale of the installation. Though rates average $1403, costs may be affected by the overall size of the facility and the number of buildings incorporated in the design.
Popular Softscape Projects
Any living element of your landscape design contributes to its softscape. A number of projects are popular for professionals to complete, from individual plantings to large garden installations. If your softscape plan includes substantial elements, it may cost $643 to plant a lawn, compared to an average of $308 for planting trees. Depending the scale and variety of smaller plantings, placing assorted plants could cost $416 and flowers about $291, while you may pay around $184 to place mulch in garden beds and around trees or shrubs.
Systems for Your Softscape
Proper ground preparation is key to the success of your softscape installation, whether grading, amending soil, or handling water. Though not considered a softscape element, a landscape drainage system may be essential for the health of your new plantings, and is installed for a national average of $903. Likewise, irrigation and sprinkler systems can simplify the maintenance of your softscape and can be installed with little additional disruption to your yard during groundwork and planting. The size and features of your sprinkler system will influence installation rates, which average $682 in the U.S.
Current Ground Conditions
The amount of work needed to prepare your yard for a new softscape installation is an important consideration in planning the time, equipment, labor, and skill needed for the project. Though the task can seem daunting, working with a blank slate is often more efficient for landscapers and other contractors, since access to the site is less restrictive and demolition or removal of plantings is not required. New softscape installations on bare dirt cost an average of $578, while the added work involved in replacing established landscape elements may cost $739.
Size of Softscape Area
The expense of your planting and related projects may vary with a number of factors, from the preparation required to the variety and maturity of plants you select, but the overall size of your softscape area can help indicate the demands of the job. Small projects in yards less than 500 square feet are often completed for about $384, while it may cost $529 for a 500-1000 sq. ft. yard, $788 for 1000-2000 sq. ft., $1027 for 2000-3000 sq. ft., $1396 for 3000-4000 sq. ft., and $1839 for 4000-5000 sq. ft.
Softscape Installation Service
As you plan and budget for a softscape installation, assess the features of your property as well as the scope of your new design to help anticipate the cost of the job. Discuss with your contractor if grading, drainage, and irrigation are issues for your yard and whether is cost effective to address them during your installation, and consider the ongoing maintenance requirements to anticipate long-term costs. A thorough evaluation of your yard and plans can help you prepare for an efficient installation that will yield beautiful results for years to come.