Posted by marla on July 20, 2001 at 16:29:41:
Anne, there are lots of variables, here. some … What’s the square footage? need to lay sprinkers? Need to grade/trench? sod or seed? (My sister in the Seattle area did well with seed. I’m in San Diego, so went with sod.)
I just landscaped my backyard (~1400 sf) and did as much as I could to keep the costs down, given that I wasn’t physically able to do any of it, but the supervising.
We had to have the area graded and, because the gound in the area is mostly decomposed granit, we had to have a guy come in with a machine (frontloader?) to dig the sprinkler lines. $500 total, here.
Had my gardner order/install the sprinklers, top soil and sod for $2800. The sod and top soil were ~$800. The sprinkler parts and misc items were ~$300
There was a lot more to my landscaping project than putting in sod/sprinklers, but my boyfriend did the rest.
Hope that helps!