When you make your landscape budget, remember that your costs do not end with the initial costs of building the landscape. You need to figure in the cost of maintenance and other related and recurring costs.
When you make your budget, it helps to think of each part of the landscape as an individual project and create a budget for each project. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What plants do you want? Consider a variety of plants and check costs. Consider size and growth rate. If you choose cheap, fast growing plants, remember that they typically cost more in maintenance because they grow bigger faster and require more pruning. Slower growing plants may cost more initially but save you money over the long run in maintenance costs.
- What types of fences are available and how much do they cost?
- What materials do you need to build a patio, deck, or arbor and how much do those materials cost?
- Do you want special fixtures? What elements can you live without? You need to create your vision of the landscape and then alter it according to your monetary abilities to support the vision.
- How much of the work are you going to do yourself and what will you hire out?
- What will be the cost of lawn care, garden maintenance, or other landscape care?
You can calculate the approximate costs of your desired landscape by talking to professionals or by looking online to find what is needed for similar projects. Also, planning your landscape with landscape design software can help you stay within your landscape budget