It can be overwhelming to landscape your entire home. Here are 6 steps that we recommend to prioritize your new home landscaping project. We recommend trying to get as much of the heavy construction installed upfront, such as patios, foundations and retaining walls, during the initial home construction. It’s also a good idea to discuss your landscaping ideas with your custom home builder. These items are much easier and less costly to install before your lot is sodded.
Tree plantings are also nice to get started early as well, as they will take a while to grow into large shade trees. Other than that, the front planting will most likely be required by your development. Hardscapes, Front landscaping, and Tree plantings are the areas to focus on first. Other items are easy to take care of down the road.
- Budget for Sod and Irrigation.
Sod installers charge between $1 and $2 per square foot for labor and materials. You can expect to pay between $2,000 to $4,000 to cover a 2,000 square foot lawn.
- Landscape Budget
Allocate a budget you want to spend on the new landscaping for your home.
- Landscape Designer
Pick a Landscape Designer to work with and obtain three Estimates for Hardscapes (pool, patio essentials, retaining walls, paths, etc.), Tree Plantings, and Planting Beds.
- Landscape Estimates
Review all estimates for proposed work to see what fits your budget. (Sometimes landscaping projects may go over budget)
- Review Landscaping Designs
Revise hardscape and planting designs to fit your initial install budget. (this can be extremely challenging)
- Refine Landscaping Designs
Continue to refine the design and material choices as your construction day approaches.