Costs of Hiring a Landscaper

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In 2016, 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.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Landscaping Specialists on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

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

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.

Cost of landscaping

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Why not all landscapers charge the same rate

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 2016.

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