Lawn & Garden Price Guides: How Much Does Lawn Care Cost?

The desire for foliage is so deep that our homes must include connections to the natural world. The worth of well-tended lawns and gardens is measured in quality of life and home resale value. The costs associated with building and maintaining a lawn will vary depending on the size and extent of the work.

On This Page:

  1. Average Price of Lawn Service
  2. Lawn Care & Gardening Costs
  3. Plant Types to Consider for Your Yard
  4. Yard Maintenance Considerations
  5. Additional Yard Features

Average Lawn Service Prices

Prices will fluctuate depending on the type and amount of services you need. Some pros will itemize them individually, while others may package them together. They can also vary depending on your location, so be sure to speak with three to four professionals to get the best quote.   Continue Reading
  • Trim or Remove Trees & Shrubs Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $380 - $1,113
    Average cost:
    $739
    Low cost:
    $150
     
    High cost:
    $2,000
  • Mow and Maintain a Lawn Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $57 - $267
    Average cost:
    $148
    Low cost:
    $30
     
    High cost:
    $600
  • Repair a Sprinkler System Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $117 - $351
    Average cost:
    $234
    Low cost:
    $50
     
    High cost:
    $683
Some of the services you might need include:
  • Mowing ($270) - Mowing the lawn is traditionally a DIY project, but it's an easy area to neglect and worth the cost to outsource.
  • Fertilizing ($350) - Lawn fertilization ensures soil stability and plant health. Use the right fertilizer to avoid any diseases or additional repairs.
  • Watering - Watering your lawn compensates for lack of rainfall or dry conditions. You can have sprinklers installed to cut down on hand watering.
  • Aerating ($450) - Aeration allows air, water and nutrients to get to the grassroots. Make sure you do this after winter for new plant growth.
  • Dethatching - Akin to aeration, dethatching breaks up a layer of soil for nutrient movement. It’s the cheaper alternative to yield the same results.
  • Overseeding ($1,200) - Overseeding keeps the grass growing when older patches die out. It’s also a chance to put in drought or disease-resistant grass for harsh climates.
Your cost will increase with square footage so prioritize according to your budget.

How Much Does Lawn Care & Gardening Cost?

Lawn care prices vary if you want the service by the hour, week or month. Some price ranges are $100 to $200 per month so if you want to find a good price, we recommend getting a few estimates.
Gardener prices will vary by the hour, week or month as well. It can be anywhere from $50 to $100, and it also depends on whether you hire an individual or a professional company. There might be a flat fee whether it’s per project or ongoing care.

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Types of Low-Maintenance Plants to Consider

Hiring a gardener to maintain your plants can be expensive, so prolong calling one by planting seeds. Similarly with trees, buy seedlings rather than full-grown varieties. If you want a more conventional route, save money with perennials, plants that come back every year and require less maintenance.
For lawns, Kentucky bluegrass is the most common variety. It turns green quickly, is fairly easy to maintain and good for foot traffic like children’s sports and pets. If you live in an area prone to droughts, you might consider:
  • Canada bluegrass
  • Crested wheatgrass
  • Fine fescue
  • Perennial wild rye
  • Tall fescue
  • Western wheatgrass
  • Blue grama
  • Buffalo grass
You might also consider rock garden, butterfly garden and others plant types suited to boxes or pots.

Tips for Hiring a Lawn Care Service or Gardener

Consider how much maintenance your garden needs by the number of plants in your yard and how much work you want to do yourself. Then to find the best gardener, interview three to four and ask about the following:
  • Qualifications: landscaping, horticulture certifications, licenses, years of experience
  • References: examples of past clients, images of their past work
  • Organic sustainability: if and how they take an organic approach to weeds, pests and fertilization
  • Permeable landscaping: green method of landscape design that they may be knowledgeable in
  • Time & scope: how long they take & how much they cover in that time
  • Areas to stay away from: if there are parts of the garden you want to manage yourself
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Yard Maintenance Considerations

When you require yard maintenance, figure out all the tasks you need completed. What all will be involved: leaf removal, mowing, aeration, overseeding? Compile a list and have that ready when you call lawn service professionals.
From there, see what services are part of a package versus charged as an extra fee, like trimming or pruning bushes. If you include mowing, ask about height and what will be done with the clippings. Then consider pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals used to protect against diseases and pests. You have the option of organic or natural pesticides, but these might not guarantee an insect-free yard so ask questions. See if the pesticides are allowed in your location and what health risks, if any, might be associated with them.

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Additional Yard Features

Your yard is your family's play area, place to entertain visitors and potential dining space. As you're updating the landscape, make room for additional features. An experienced landscape designer can help you with placement and cost planning.
Be aware that some features like trampolines may increase your insurance premiums, and others, such as swimming pools, will not only cost a lot to install but might require enclosures and expensive regular maintenance. Here are some common yard features you might consider installing:
  • Playsets and houses
  • Swings
  • Birdhouses
  • Patios, walkways, porches, decks
  • Ponds, water fountains
  • Lamp posts
  • Outdoor kitchen
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Help others plan and budget for their projects

Merita Fluegel 16 days ago
I'm a widow 80 years old who is looking for college kids, who are on break, who want to make a little pocket money, who can weed and clean up yard.

Laura Ponsford 7 months ago
small patio in back yard.
pearl shields 7 months ago
I need a garden for my small back yard
Andrew Johnson More than 1 year ago
Goo information shared.
Phyllis Dahl More than 1 year ago
I need a Gardner to trim shrubs & maintain small back yard. He needs to know 
how to service & maintain sprinkling system, fertilizing, weeds, & general "handyman "
skills - in Del Webb community in Roseville, CA.
Martin Mason More than 1 year ago
In addition to trimming shrubs I need someone to clean up the garden area.
Tia Crank More than 1 year ago
Need weeds pulled and flower beds cleaned out.  Take out a few bushes.  
More than 1 year ago
Hi Tia, Thanks for reaching out, we’re happy to connect you with a lawn pro for your projects. You can submit a request to our pros here: www.homeadvisor.com, browse a list of local pros here: http://www.homeadvisor.com/c.html, or send your info to emailus@homeadvisor.com and a project advisor will reach out to assist you. –HASupport
Joseph Hill More than 1 year ago
P.S.  Only to rid  back yard of leaves.
Joseph Hill More than 1 year ago
I declined because my cost would be more than I wanted to pet!!!
Tracy Daebelliehn More than 1 year ago
I am looking for someone to mow my lawn, weed control every two weeks....I am new to this and this is a new home and I called a number that was suggested and he said he would call me back and that did not happen and I need someone ASAP.   Thanks so much in advance.
Tracy Daebelliehn More than 1 year ago
I am looking for someone who can mow my lawn and trim the edges and weed control.. I am new to this and this is a new home.  I called someone from the list and he said he would call me back and never did and I need someone ASAP.  Thanks so much in advance..
More than 1 year ago
Hi Tracy, We would be happy to get you connected with a pro. You can submit a service request on our website: http://www.homeadvisor.com/, or browse reviews for local lawn maintenance pros here: http://www.homeadvisor.com/c.html. We can also have a project advisor reach out to assist you if you send your contact information to emailus@homeadvisor.com. –HASupport
shirley smith More than 1 year ago
I'm looking for someone who is reasonable to mow my back yard and  trim a few trees.If the job is done to my satisfaction  I would like my lawn mowed biweekly.
More than 1 year ago
Hi Shirley, We're happy to help you get connected with a lawn maintenance company. You can submit a service request on our website: http://www.homeadvisor.com/, or browse reviews for local pros here: http://www.homeadvisor.com/c.html. We can also have a project advisor reach out to assist you if you send your contact information to emailus@homeadvisor.com. –HASupport
Becky Schmitz More than 1 year ago
I asked for gardening maintenance and you matched me with one lawn mower, which is not what I need.
More than 1 year ago
Hi Becky, We're sorry to hear this. If you would prefer to browse local pros and find the one that would be the best fit for you, please feel free to do so on our directory here: http://www.homeadvisor.com/c.html. To speak with a project advisor, please send your info to emailus@homeadvisor.com and a rep will reach out. -HASupport
Mitchell Wallin More than 1 year ago
Please call about spring clean up, lawn mowing, trimming and planting and removing new shrubbery etc.

Clinton Haugh More than 1 year ago
need top soil for raised garden at a reasonable price
Regina Hammer More than 1 year ago
I am looking for someone or crew to come and clean up backyard.....mowing, weeding and edging.
More than 1 year ago
Hi Regina, We would be happy to get you connected with a lawn maintenance pro. You can submit a service request on our website: http://www.homeadvisor.com/, or browse reviews for local pros here: http://www.homeadvisor.com/c.html. If you would prefer to speak with a project advisor, please send your contact info to emailus@homeadvisor.com and a rep will reach out. –HASupport
n/a n/a More than 1 year ago
i want a truck full of top soil / compost
I want a dump truck half full, would like to know the price
Thanks
atidze tabaz More than 1 year ago
I have Jacuzzi tub that is licking... It is very old but is in good condition. need the best and  effective
advice estimate  
More than 1 year ago
Hi Atidze, Thank you for reaching out. We would be happy to help you find a pro who can help you fix your Jacuzzi. Feel free to browse our local pros who can give you a hand at: http://www.homeadvisor.com/c.html. You can also contact us at 877-699-4736 or email us at emailus@homeadvisor.com and we can connect you with a project advisor. Thanks. -HASupport
nancy churnetski More than 1 year ago
I would like an estimate as to how much it would cost to put down mulch in a flower bed aprox.100 ft by 10 ft.. If the quote is reasonable, I would like someone to come to give me an exact price.
Thank you
doris roberts More than 1 year ago
Dunlap Lawn Service did an excellent job and I was well pleased, and the price was right. Thank you. I would recommend them to anyone.
Gilberto Fres More than 1 year ago
I get yard service for $100.00 monthly, when the grass is growing.
elizabeth lamm More than 1 year ago
I need 3 tons of Riverrock delivered to my house tomorrow, Sat
Yolanda Lopez More than 1 year ago
How much it will be Lawn Mowing one time Service?
CAROL SAM More than 1 year ago
Alvamar Landscaping for Yard or Garden Installation: This company is the best -they came when they said they wold and they completed the work  exactly  when they said they would. The family were not at home when they came but they did a beautiful job anyway (They do not  have to be monitored). They removed old mulch old shrubs, replaced the liner, + mulch-cleared away o;d plants & grass - added new rose plants- trimmed the small tree and also mulched the front of the home (sidewalk) 2 days later my neighbors mulched their sidewalk , lol.  Alvamar is engaging, he explains the project clearly answers all of your questions, gives suggestions and he charges reasonably, I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. A job well done!             5-STARS
Sylvia McClain More than 1 year ago
what about mulching?
Paper Tigress Personal Fin. Care More than 1 year ago
Cost information means very little without a time-frame. Is is per year/mo/hour/visit etc. ?
Dena Yuriga More than 1 year ago
I need someone to clean my yards and trim everything down. You had a fellow by the name of Ian come by and give me a proposal. When he was to do the job, it was raining; he said he would call me back.
Junious Robinson More than 1 year ago
Rob's lawn Care charges $45 and up for lawn services, extra charges are for edging, trimming and removing leaves.

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