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What Is The Cost of Hiring A Landscaper?

Last updated: 26th Mar 2019


Total landscaping costs range from $4,800 to over $50,000 for large scale projects which are common for new home builds with no existing landscaping.

The cost of a standard landscaping project is around $49.50 per hour. Simpler landscaping jobs can cost as low as $40/hr while bigger projects can cost you roughly $55/hr. Rates fluctuate according to the size and complexity of the task.

Retaining walls are a key component of landscaping works which can also drive up costs considerably.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Landscaping Specialists on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.

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What Are The Costs of Common Landscaping Jobs?

Landscaping TaskTypical Quoted Prices
Landscaping with new plants and a retaining wall$3,000
Install natural turf and new garden lighting$2,500
Plant multiple new trees and bushes$3,500
Complete backyard makeover$4,000
Install a retaining wall using materials already onsite$1,300
Install a new lawn, plants, and trees on an empty backyard$6,000
Install a conversation pit with paving and built in seating$5,000
Decking$280 – $320/m2
Paving$280 – $350/m2

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What Is The Cost of Landscaping A Garden?

On no account should labour costs in landscaping a garden be underestimated because they can range from $20 per hour for some minor work up to even $350+ per hour for complex, large garden landscaping projects. The average hourly rate for a landscaper sits at $50.

For example, expect to pay around $6,000 if you need new plants, lawn and trees, while a new garden lighting and natural turf cost $2,500.

As expected, the costs of landscaping your garden will vary depending on your location, your garden size and the features you want. A full garden design service can cost between $2,000 and $5,000.

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Softscaping (horticultural work) is cheaper than hardscaping (e.g. paving or building a pergola).

The costs of plants, which are the key elements of any garden, vary greatly depending on the number and type of plants you need.

For example, here’s how much you may expect to pay for some popular plants:

  • a tropical palm (25-30cm) may cost around $35 – $47,
  • a sansevieria (18cm) is around $30,
  • a rose bush (20cm) costs approximately $37,
  • aloe vera (12cm) costs around $13,
  • agave attenuate (18cm) is around $18,
  • blue agapanthus can be bought at the price of $20 per a bulb pack, whereas
  • assorted gerberas (13cm) can be found for some $8.

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Besides plants, grass is another critical component of a garden. Popular different ways to lay lawn for your home, which vary greatly in installation and ongoing cost, are:

  • hand-seeding,
  • hydroseeding,
  • sod, and
  • artificial turf.

A hand-seeded lawn is the cheapest type of lawn to install, while artificial turf is the most costly option. Whatever you decide, make sure that the grass species you choose are a good match to the soil in your garden.

If you already have a garden and you don’t have to start a full landscaping project from scratch, the price will be more affordable. You may only need to pay for garden maintenance services, which cost from $40 to $60 per hour.

This type of work includes the following essential tasks:

  • tidying up a garden,
  • lawn mowing,
  • sidewalk edging,
  • grass clippings from curbs, drives, patios etc.
  • weeding a garden or a lawn,
  • pruning existing trees and plants,
  • adding flowers or other plant types to some empty spots/beds and the like.

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Of course, it will cost more if you want a garden makeover which involves jobs such as:

  • laying new soil and grass,
  • mulching your garden,
  • adding trees for screening and privacy,
  • doing some excavation work,
  • paving,
  • installing new outdoor lighting or
  • installing new irrigation systems.

You can reduce the costs by doing some simple tasks yourself.

Also, you may want to check out the latest garden landscaping trends for inspiration:

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How Much Does It Cost to Have A Landscape Design?

The average cost of a landscape design plan is $3,000. The pricing for a simple landscape design plan is $850, while a complex design plan costs from $2,800 to $6,000 including 3D renderings.

For instance, expect to pay:

  • $500 to $1,500 for a landscape design of a small garden,
  • $1,500 to $3,000 for a landscape design of a mid-sized garden,
  • $3,000 to $6,500 for a landscape design of a large garden, and even
  • $10,000+ for a more complex design project of a larger garden or any other space.

For an average price of $50 per hour, a professional landscape designer can create a detailed plan for your new house in Australia. Hourly rates for this service vary depending on your location and the size of your project, but they typically range from $45/hr to even $70/hr when working with more experienced professionals.

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All in all, if you want a professionally landscaped garden, be prepared to invest 5-10% of the total value of your home. It’s worth the investment when you take into account the fact that this project can add at least $15,000 up to even $60,000 to the current value of your home.

You can get fantastic ideas for the most popular landscape design styles and themes from Landscaping Network. They have also prepared a complete collection of 21 Landscape Styles for download. It can be ‘your guide to materials, décor, plant palettes, color palettes, and fabrics for the most popular garden design themes’ as they say.

Also, check out The Top Outdoor Living Trends in 2018 for inspiration and take a peek at our Backyard ideas before you start your landscaping project.

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How Much Does A Deck Cost to Build?

The cost of building a deck in Australia ranges from $3,400 to $9,000 primarily depending on its size. The average price for a mid-sized deck is between $4,000 and $6,500. The price per square metre is typically between $160/m2 and $220/m2 but may raise up to even $900/m2, again depending on the size of the deck and the materials used.

(Note: For more detailed decking cost information, follow the link provided.)

If you want to boost your outdoor area with a deck or a patio, keep in mind that it requires maintenance which adds up to the cost.

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How Much Does It Cost to Have Pavers Installed?

Labour costs for getting the pavers laid start from $20 per square metre for a simple job and could go up to $50 or even $100 per square metre for a more complex installation.

The prices for pavers range from $12 to $100 per square metre, depending on whether you select basic or more complicated and exotic options.

How much is paving per square metre?
Type of paving work and materialsPrice range per m2
Concrete pavers$45 to $60
Limestone pavers$40 to $70
Brick pavers$70 to $90
Quartzite pavers$40 to $75+
Granite, travertine and flagstone pavers$75 to $100
Labour cost$20 to $100

The main factors that influence the total paving costs are:

  • the materials you choose (e.g. brick, concrete or any other)
  • the size of the job,
  • how complex the installation or paving arrangement is,
  • how much prep work is needed (such as e.g. levelling),
  • whether the surface is easily accessible or not, and
  • other possible complicating factors regarding the site condition.

Bear in mind that you also need a stable base to ensure longevity and functionality of your paver. For example, for a 50-square-metre site, if the work requires little preparation and the site can be accessed easily, expect to pay:

  • $1,500 to $1,800 for a crushed rock base and
  • $2,300 to $2,800 for a poured concrete base.

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How Expensive Is A Retaining Wall?

The average cost of building a retaining wall is $250 per square metre, but retaining wall builders in Australia are charging from $70/m2 for a basic wall up to $380/m2 for more complicated work.

Although most of them charge per square metre, if you come across tradies who charge on a per-hour basis, expect to pay $55/hr.

Generally speaking, a retaining wall installation may cost anywhere between $1,000 to $10,000 in total.

How much does it cost to put up a retaining wall?
Type of materialCost per m2 (labour and materials included)
treated timber (pine)$250 to $350 per square metre
treated timber sleepers (hardwood)$300 to $450 per square metre
sandstone blocks$300 to $550 per square metre
reinforced concrete blocks$400 to $680 per square metre
concrete besser blocks$550 to $750 per square metre

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The cost of your retaining wall will depend on its height, length, materials used, the whole project scale, design (curves, decorative elements etc.) and any further requirements specific to your site.

For example, a retaining wall which is 1.2m x 5m could cost around $270 per linear metre if it’s made from pine or block, or $440 per linear metre if brick is used.

Also, it’s wise to check with your local Council before you start building your retaining wall because you’ll very likely need their approval.

How Much Does It Cost to Install A Stone Retaining Wall?

Expect to pay $300 to $550 per square metre for top-quality sandstone blocks, which can last for more than 40 years. However, lower quality ‘B grade’ cut sandstone can be found for the price of $180 to $280 per square metre.

To illustrate it on an example, if you’re building a 40m2 stone wall, the approximate price per m2 would be $450 if the wall is not higher than 1m, but if it is higher the price would be around $750 or even $1,000 per square metre for higher walls. Excavation and engineering services are not included in the price.

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How Much Does A Concrete Retaining Wall Cost?

For a concrete retaining wall you can expect to pay between $450 and $700 per square metre for reinforced concrete blocks, and between $550 and $750 per square metre for concrete besser blocks.

The total cost of a concrete retaining wall installation will include labour and material costs, which are typically calculated on a per square metre basis. If you add upgrades such as curves, steps, lighting or any other decorative finishes, the total cost will go up.

Also, if your retaining wall is higher than 1m, you’ll have to hire a structural engineer, whose services may cost from $350 for a basic soil test to $1,000+ for a soil and contour survey for instance.

Don’t forget the council permit, which may add up to the cost.

How Much Does It Cost to Dig A Swimming Pool?

The costs of a swimming pool installation generally range from $4,000 for a portable pool to over $100,000 for an inground pool.

To install an inground concrete swimming pool, expect to pay between $35,000 and $100,000 or more, but if it’s a fibreglass option, the price goes from $25,000 to over $75,000.

It mainly depends on the type of swimming pool you want installed, other necessary but pricey details such as pool tiling or excavation work ($2,500 on average), as well as pumps, heaters, filters and other accessories. For instance, an average concrete pool costs around $50,000.

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Other work may be needed, which will greatly affect the total cost of your project. So, think about the following:

  • whether you’ll need any paving around your pool,
  • you may need to install a deck (which may cost $1500 to $2000 in addition),
  • or perhaps concrete slabs may be necessary for larger above ground pools,
  • pool fencing is another cost to take into account.

According to the strict Australian Standard AS 1926.1-2012 which covers all the specifications for pool fencing and gates, your swimming pool must have a fence so that small children cannot drown accidentally.

Inground swimming pools are far more expensive than above ground swimming pools, mainly because of the excavation costs.

A fibreglass pool shell costs from $6,500 to $25,000 depending on its size, while above ground pool kits start at around $3,500 and go up to $9000.

If you’re planning this huge project, check out the latest pool trends and design ideas for inspiration. If you’re not ready for it but want a more affordable water feature in your garden, it will cost you $9,000 – $25,000 depending on its size and the materials used.

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How Much Does A Landscaper Charge per Hour?

A landscaper in Australia charges between $40 and $55 per hour for some common landscaping jobs, with an average hourly rate of $49.50 for standard landscaping projects.

Landscaping Jobs and Costs from ServiceSeeking Customers

Lanscaping Job DescriptionReported Completed Job Cost
Tim from Keilor East needed his 4m x 6m backyard landscaped$4,041
Sally from Melbourne needed landscape her home front landscaped with Artificial grass.
“It is sloped so I am also exploring options for levelling it and potentially fence. I am after quotes for landscaping options so as I can make decision for the best option”
Eliza from New Farm needed:
“1) We have two parking spots out the front of our house which are compacted dirt, but have eroded over the years. We need these re-leveled out and compacted.
2) We have pavers in our back yard which are coming up due to the roots of our fig tree. Wanted to get a quote on how much it might cost to fix.”
Sanjith from Camboolture needed “a new garden with flowering beds,pavers and a vegetable garden at the back”$1,900
John’s landscaping job:
“New house, almost nothing, need landscaper to do hedging, privacy plants, shady tree, fruits/flower plants to prettify and crushed rocks or pebbles.”
Prassad from Denham Court’s job:
“I need the following for our new house landscaping.
1. About 100 sq mts trufing at front and back yard
2. 2 brick high garden bed for 1.2 mts length. Footing avaialble
3. 21.5 mts timber garden bed and soft soil on the LHS of the hosue. No plants required. Just soft soil. Neighbor is 200 mm higher than our house.
4. front end plants along left and front boundary till pebble path way
5. pebble pathway and stepping stones
6. 10 mts of pebbles on the RHS of the house behind garage
7. 1 native tree at the front to comply with guidelines”

What Factors Affects Landscaping Costs?

Landscaping experts can provide you with a standard hourly rate, but it’s difficult for them to gauge the total cost of a project unless you give them plenty of information.

One of the main factors that affect the cost of landscaping is the list of specific tasks required for your project. Here are some common types of landscaping services that can increase the total price of your job.


If you just need an expert to provide you with a landscape design, you can expect to pay a minimal amount. Of course, all prices will still depend on the size of your garden, the complexity of the design you want, and various other factors that can influence your total landscape design cost.

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This pertains to all the horticultural aspects of your landscaping. The types and quantity of plants you need dictate how much you’ll spend for this element of your landscape.


Many standard landscaping works include some sort of paving such as brick or concrete paving, but prepare to spend more dough if you really want to boost your garden’s hardscaping.

These features will amp up the total cost of your landscaping project:

On top of those considerations, you also have to take note of the amount of labour and the cost of materials needed to complete your landscaping job. The more plants, rocks, and structures you want, the costlier it gets.

How Much Does Landscaping Cost in Australia?

The standard latest price of landscaping in Australia ranges from $4,800 to $50,000. The total cost of your unique landscaping project will depend on its size, scale and amount of work involved.

The going hourly rate for a typical landscaping project in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory stands at $50/hr.

In comparison, getting a property landscaped in Queensland or South Australia is a little more affordable. Queensland and South Australia landscapers charge $45/hr on average for their services.

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It seems like professional landscapers across the country mostly agree on how much to charge for their services.

To get an idea of what your individual project might cost, check out the list of recently completed landscaping jobs on

Our expert landscapers on can help you iron out the final costs. To get a more accurate estimate for your job, remember to include as many details as you can when requesting for a quote.

Enhance the value of your property by creating a wonderful and practical yard. Let our professionals balance the practical and aesthetic needs of your landscaping project.

Disclaimer: Our cost estimates are based on quotes for landscaping services and are useful as a guide only.

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