How Much Should I Budget for Landscaping? You have decided to landscape your garden, landscaping cost is an issue as you don’t want to spend more than 1,400 SGD. The good news is if you do most of the labor yourself you will come in on budget.
For various reasons a budget is essential, and if you are selling your property, You want to add 10% to the value without spending too much money.
When planting shrubs for your garden, they will grow better if your selection is based on trees and shrubs which are native to your area.
You may want to choose a small tree, nothing big as the roots can ultimately damage the house. The tree will provide shade from the sun, and look attractive in the front of your house, pick a small tree so the house can still be seen.
You can only afford one tree so choose a native, costs around $270 SGD, which will be your big expense. When growing shrubs, select hardy low maintenance plants, suitable for your climate zone, preferably something that will look good all year-round.
Some shrubs have amazing colors and will give a ‘lift’ to your garden while requiring little work. The small tree will be the centerpiece of the front garden with eight shrubs four on each side allow $70 each for shrubs.
The tree and shrubs require daily watering when first planted for about 12 weeks ( unless there some rain), so keep them well watered until they are established. The idea with both trees and shrubs is to get the roots to branch out and to establish in their new earth.
You have now spent $800 on plants and another $130 on soil and soil mix, so you have $400 left to complete the project.
You have chosen a cost-effective urn style which reticulates water up the center and down the sides and is the simplest form of a fountain. Fortunately, it is on sale for $200, so you take it home, and install it without problems.
You then realize that you need to surround it with some white stones to set it off, and they are expensive. You look on Gumtree, and someone in the next suburb is giving white stones away if you go and collect them, a good option.
You place the stones around the urn style fountain, and this is what was needed to finish the look. There are still a few things to do to finish the landscaping.
In keeping with the local area, you don’t have a front fence, but the boundary line looks uncared for and requires definition. So you decide on a line of native grasses that will be very low maintenance and will hide any rubbish that blows in.
This will set off a low maintenance attractive front area that will draw the eye and the buyer. You decide on some taller more hardy varieties, Blue Fescue and Prairie Dropseed, they won’t need special soil because they are native grasses.
You manage to buy for the whole boundary line for $200, so your budget is blown, but you need to finish your task. The grasses will withstand the hotter weather but will need quite a lot of water to establish them, and you will have time to do that and get them growing, then they will only require minimal care.
You have now finished your project, except for the intense watering that accompanies all new plantings. The weather is favorable for growing so your new garden will soon look fabulous.
Six weeks later everything is growing. You have had some rain and the plantings look great. keep mowing the lawn to give the area a finished look. The blue fountain urn works well, and the birds like it and come to bathe on the top of it.
Take photos of your landscaping, so that you can have good memories of all the hard work. Call the Realtor and get your sale underway while your landscaping looks perfect.