Some help in finding the cost of Landscaping

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Submitted by Alex_angel on July 30, 2007 - 10:53am

Does anyone know the cost to landscape a small standard yard in SD? Something that is about 50 feet X 25 feet.

Basically it is a dirt yard. My bro-in-law wants to put in some grass, some flowers, some patio stone and maybe a lattice cover. The house has built in irragition in the front yard that he can plugin the backyard irrigation into, so no need to build one from scratch.

I have been looking online but it is hard to find message boards in San Diego that discuss this.

Submitted by Alex_angel on July 30, 2007 - 11:33am.

To add, the backyard doesn't have any irrigation but he was told he just needs to have piping put in and tie the electical and water to the front yard system to have it automated. Not sure how much it is to have pipe put into the backyard where needed.

Submitted by NotCranky on July 30, 2007 - 11:05am.

He should just get bids Alex. Even if he is in escrow he can get people out there. The tough part is how to delegate the jobs,all at once,or hire individual trades to put it together. What you could start with are bids from contractors that do both the landscape and the hardscape. They could also do the shade cover. Tell them to bring pictures and referals.Even if your BIL decides to piece out the work or do portions of it himself this would be a good start. Word to the wise, prices are all over the place so get several bids. You might go to the local nusery(not home depot)and ask for a couple of referals.

Submitted by sdrealtor on July 30, 2007 - 11:12am.

If he's buying new this is what I did. Dont be the first in the neighborhood to put your landscaping. Watch your neighbors and see which landscapers show up up everyday, continually make progress, dont disappear for a month or tow and do a good job. Talk to your neighbors after they are finished and see who liked their landscaper. Stay away from the most expensive and the cheapest if you can.

Submitted by NotCranky on July 30, 2007 - 11:30am.

sdr's suggetion is a good way to handle it too.
About the plumbing and electrical. Circuits are designed below capacity so it is safe to add a few lights and sprinklers. There should be an exterior outlet by the back door. This can be extended with a waterproof box and tapped with counduit which will go under ground to where it is needed. Similiarly the water pipe spiggot in the back yard can be removed and extended with a "Tee" sending a water line under ground to where you want to locate the sprinker control solenoids.IMO a split system of irrigation is better. If you have one timer for both the front and back yard you have to run a solenoid control wires to each is all.

Submitted by Alex_angel on July 30, 2007 - 11:36am.

To find a good landscaper then it is probably best to go to nurseries and ask for referals? There are a lot it seems so that is the best option.

Submitted by Alex_angel on July 30, 2007 - 11:40am.

Thanks Rustico and SDR. Just in a ballpark estimate. How must is it to get the backyard irrigation setup and to have grass and patio stones laid in. I know there are many options but just a general ballpark figure from your experience.


Submitted by sdduuuude on July 30, 2007 - 11:52am.

If it is truly just grass and irrigation, I'd guess
$1,000 - $2,000 if you do it yourself,
$1,500 - $3,000 if you hire out each task individually, get bids on each step and manage the schedule yourself.
$2,000 - $4,000 if you get a contractor to do it all.

But, if there are other things, like hardscape, planters, benches, decorations, borders, etc, you can probably double those.

Submitted by NotCranky on July 30, 2007 - 11:58am.

You are wlecome.
How many square feet, each, of Lawn and patio. This doesn't include shade structure?If it soes how large? BTW I don't do or bid these jobs on a regular basis. Make sure all perimeter patio stones are laid in a mortar bed or the thing will slip apart. They should also have a bed of a few inches of sand before they get put down, if I understand what you are trying to do.

Submitted by sdrealtor on July 30, 2007 - 12:13pm.

I'd plan on spending at least $10K unless he wants something real bare bones. If it's less he'll be pleasantly surprised and if he wants more that his option. Dont forget low voltage lighting out back. You spend most daylight hours working and the best times you will enjoy your backyard are at night.

Submitted by sdduuuude on July 30, 2007 - 2:23pm.

Yes, sdr, it could easily grow into the $10K / $15K range, depending on the complexity. I mean, you start adding gazebos and full-grown trees, and furniture and stuff.

Submitted by PerryChase on July 30, 2007 - 2:30pm.

sdr is right. With any kind of hardscape, you're looking at $10,000 +++. Start with very little grass and more planter area. Maybe a small pond or fountain. That will save a lot money on water over time. Grass consumes a lot of water in So. Cal.

I don't recommend a lattice patio cover -- they are useless. Go with a patio cover with real roofing so your outdoor furniture is protected from the elements. Do a cover that is elevated so it feels more airy. You can still be outside when it's raining and pets will appreciate the outdoor shelter also.

Stone hardscape will cost a lot more than bare concrete or colored concrete.

Submitted by sdrealtor on July 30, 2007 - 2:30pm.

Actually 10K doesnt include any of what you mentioned and is still pretty basic. The biggest expense is concrete which has skyrocketed in price as the biggest cost factor in the production of concrete is petroleum.

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