Canadians have spent less money on landscaping jobs in the last 5 years. It’s safe to say the average Canadian is spending less in general since 2008, so this trend isn’t surprising. With an average project cost of nearly $13,000.00 for reviews under the category of Landscaping Contractor and Designers, there’s still plenty of beautiful yards in Canada.
Maybe a little less spending on major landscaping designs isn’t a bad thing at all. A recent story by the Globe and Mail suggests that extensive landscaping is one of the six renovations that do not add value to your home. Elaborate landscaping requires regular maintenance which can be costly and time consuming. This is an important consideration when designing your landscape.
Across Canada the trends in pricing are fairly stable. Our review data suggests slightly lower costs in Alberta with average costs trending around $5-$6,000 in Calgary and Edmonton. On the other end of the spectrum, Ontario lawns trend toward a higher average of closer to $11,000. Rural areas, as opposed to urban Toronto yards, tend to be driving up the numbers. Understandable since the average Toronto yard is a fraction of the size of their rural neighbors.
Interlocking Stone is an extremely popular element in landscaping renovations. The most popular Canadian interlocking project runs around $4,000 and typically involves a walkway or stone wall. Interlocking large areas for patios or driveways can push this price up closer to the $10-$11,ooo.oo range. It’s important to do your research with interlocking companies. We see a lot of reviews in this category involving drawn out projects or stones that shift and buckle after a weather change. Make sure you are dealing with a professional before spending serious cash on an interlocking project.
Once you have your yard designed it will require maintenance to keep it looking it’s best. Weeds may grow between your beautiful interlocking stones, patches in your lawn might die. Those born with green thumbs may find this a rewarding challenge, but most see it as a nuisance. Regular lawn and yard maintenance is usually sold in packages and costs on average, $250.oo monthly anywhere in Canada. Lawn care is another category where we see a lot of nightmarish stories. Read the reviews before you sign any contract for regular maintenance.