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Old 07-11-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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My mom needs her backyard landscaped. She hasn't had any estimates done yet because she doesn't know where to start or if the price is going to be rediculous. Her house is near Sac State and the back yard is pretty small. The whole lot is about .15 acre, but I'm not sure about the backyard...it's smaller than the front yard and there's a patio taking up some of the space. She already has a few trees and some shrubs that would stay. Does anyone have a rough idea how much it would cost to put in sprinklers, sod, a basic mowing strip-kinda thing, and some auto watering for the shrubs?? Nothing else really needed, except a few small ground lights if it's not a ton more. Anybody know a fair priced landscaper? Thanks
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Nor Cal
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I'd shop around. We had a couple different estimates for our backyard. We have almost an acre total and the backyard is probably a little over 1/2 and acre. First estimate was really high for just 1/2 the backyard he was going to charge over $7,000. We didn't go with him instead we chose a hard worker who would do the whole thing for $10,000 although, now we've gone over that. We are having a flagstone patio put in, deck extended, sprinkler system, sod, plants, raised beds, concrete walkway etc.

I would think if you found the right person they could do that small of a space for under $2,200.
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Old 07-11-2008, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Depends on what you do. If you include a watering and drainage system for trees and bushes it will probably run around $10-12 K. If you plan to manually water (good luck with that) it should only be about $6-8 K.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Nor Cal
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I can't imagine it being as much as it is costing me to do over 1/2 an acre. Sod doesn't cost that much maybe $500 or less for that small space, throw in a couple plants and a tree for $300, sprinkler system maybe $300 & topsoil, if that. We pay our guy about $23 an hour. So, if you think it is going to take longer than a week it may go over $2,000 but really if it is just what you stated it shouldn't take long at all.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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She really doesn't need anymore trees or plants. There are too many, if anything. Not too worried about special draining. She's lived there for over 30 years and she's always manually watered EVERYTHING...I just want to help her make it more low maintenance (sprinklers) and nicer (sod, instead of the seed thrown down in the 70's..haha). Thanks for all your input. I guess I should call for some estimates this weekend and hope I can find someone decent. Thanks for the ballpark figures...$23 an hour huh? Not bad. Thanks!
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Old 07-11-2008, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Nor Cal
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Actually it is $25 an hour ha I hit the wrong key. We pay him $200 a day and his worker $150 a day. Shouldn't be too much, hope you find someone good. I'm not in that area or I'd give you my guy.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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Hopefully some grass has grown since this was posted 4 years ago.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:28 PM
 
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Yeaa...especially since it costs way more now.
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