Cost of Hiring a Landscaper

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In 2017, the cost of a standard landscaping project is around $49.50/hr. Rates fluctuate according to the size and complexity of the task. Simpler landscaping jobs can cost as low as $40/hr while bigger projects can cost you roughly $55/hr. Total project landscaping costs can range from between $4,000 to over $50,000 for large scale jobs which are common for new home builds with no existing landscaping. 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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Costs of common landscaping jobs

Landscaping Task  Typical 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


Lanscaping Jobs and Costs From ServiceSeeking Customers

Lanscaping Job Description  Reported Completed Job Cost
 Tim from Keilor East needed his 4m x 6m backyard landscaped  $4,041
 Sally from Melbourne needed landscape her home front landsaped 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”  $4,000
 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.  $500
 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.”  $5,000
 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”  $20,000

Common Landscaping Services

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 and the complexity of the design you want.


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, but prepare to spend more dough if you really want to boost your garden’s hardscaping. Adding a deck, retaining wall, pergola, water feature, and other structures will amp up the total cost of your 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.

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Cost of Landscaping Across Australia

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

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

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.

Pricing information correct as at August 2017.

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