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Landscaping Costs for a New House

May 24, 2016

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As the weather starts to warm up every spring, many Saskatoon homeowners turn their thoughts to their outdoor spaces. Whether you’re looking to create curb appeal through lush landscaping, or building a backyard oasis with plenty of privacy, there are a number of options to spruce up your space.

Understanding the cost of each option goes a long way in making the right choices for your style and budget. That’s why we’ve gathered together the starting prices you can expect to pay for a variety of landscaping options. These are the prices you can assume to pay in Saskatoon if you hire someone to do the work for you. As you’d imagine, prices will be lower if you decide to -literally – dig in, get your hands dirty, and do some of the grunt work yourself.

Concrete driveways and walkways
The typical rate for concrete driveways and walkways is $8-$9 per square foot. If you’d prefer stamped concrete or an aggregate finish, the price is going up. Let’s assume you’re going with basic concrete (no stamping or aggregate) for your driveway and walkway. A typical 24 by 24 foot driveway, combined with a 4 by 20 foot walkway will add up to about 650 square feet of space. You can expect costs to come in between $5,000 and $6,000.

Landscaping
All of the figures below are starting prices for the combined material and installation costs.

Grass: The rate for laying real sod is around $1 per square foot. Considering going faux? Fake turf starts around $8-$9 per square foot.

Sprinklers: Watering and irrigation systems are harder to pin down prices for because there are a number of different options and requirements — such as timers, zones and various drip systems. If you’re adding a sprinkler system to an average front yard in Saskatoon, you can expect to start at about $1500.

Fencing: If you prefer a pressure treated fence, you can expect to pay $30-$35 per linear foot. Vinyl fencing starts at approximately $45-$50 per linear foot.

Mulch & rocks: Mulch is a great way to keep weeds at bay and retain moisture in your garden, while rocks are a solid option if you want to minimize the amount of green space that will need watering. The starting costs for mulch and rocks ranges from $20-$35 per square foot.

Shrubs & trees: For small shrubs, you can plan to spend $30 each for supply and installation. Prices can vary significantly by size and species.

The fine print: Depending on your finishes and selections, prices could be higher than we’ve indicated here. As every yard and supplier is different, this is simply a guide to give you a ballpark estimate of entry-level costs. Happy landscaping!

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