Posted 5.16.13 @ 11:0 by: Staff

Anyone can slap down some sod, but how much does a really GREAT yard cost? Sure, it can bring up the price of your Oakville real estate, but that shouldn’t be the only reason you throw down for a nice front or backyard. One of the biggest problems face is the sticker shock – but if you approach it as more of an outdoor room of your home that you’re going to get a lot of use out of for years to come, it won’t be so bad. Here we’re going to go over a few different price points and see what you can get for each, so let’s get started.

DIY for $5,000

Sometimes you just want to do it on your own, but you are going to want some design help to figure out the best materials and placement. For about $5000 you can get a great yard and do it on your own, along with a fence and some nice trees to boot.

At $5000, the first thing you’re going to want to do is hire a landscape designer to take a look at your yard. They’re going to be able to puzzle out all the drainage issues you might face with your existing plants and help you maximize your space.

They’ll be able to help you identify fast growing trees and shrubs for your region, and tell you which trees, shrubs and plants need to go. Landscape design isn’t just about making your yard pretty, it can also help you save on resources year after year too!

You’ll want to look beyond the yard and trees to the patio as well – pulling back or extending it can make a big difference for your yard. Fences and walls play an important part too. But for this budget you’re going to have to do it all yourself, which isn’t much fun.

Professional for $50,000+

Sometimes you want to add real value to your luxury home, and that’s when you want to look into having a professional do your yard.

A midrange yard will cost you around $50,000 – this will include things like overhauling your patio with tinted, slip resistant designer concrete. You’ll also be able to professionally install drip irrigation throughout your property, saving water and keeping those unsightly sprinklers away from your yard.

But what if you want to go all out? What if you want a $1m yard for you $1m Oakville luxury home?

For $200,000 you get the ultimate high end yard. A raised pool with an automated cover and cleaning system is where you would start. From there you’d have concrete planters installed that will virtually last forever and won’t drown your plants. Say goodbye to that rickety wooden privacy fence and say hello to a fantastic Shou-Sugi-Ban fence that makes your house pop and keeps prying eyes out.

But a great yard isn’t just about how much it costs – it should reflect you and make the best use of the space. Whatever route you choose to go, make sure that you do your research ahead of time and know what you want.

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