Garden Life Landscapes is a Brisbane-based landscaping company that offers top-quality garden landscaping services to residential and commercial clients. The team at Garden Life Landscapes are highly trained in the art of creating beautiful gardens that will make your property look its absolute best, while also adding value to it! We have been operating for over 10 years with an impeccable reputation for delivering high-quality workmanship on time, every time.
Our Garden Landscaping services help create balance, contrast, and interest to improve the enjoyment of your outdoor living area. Our expertise in landscaping is aided by using high-quality materials along with excellent service and workmanship to ensure that you are provided with the best landscaping design in Brisbane for many years to come.
- Residential Landscaping
- Garden Services – such as mowing, hedging, garden clean up etc.
- Landscape Design
- Turf Installation
And many more.. view all of our landscaping services!
How can I start landscaping my garden?
Depending on the project you have in mind, as well as your skill level and its complexity, it could be difficult to successfully execute a landscaping project yourself. When planning your new garden, DIY is an option – which is nice for budgeting and controlling your project on your own terms. However, professional service from Garden Life Landscapes can ensure that you achieve the landscape results you want with our expert level of supervision and guarantees.
At Garden Life Landscape, we’ve got your back! Our goal is to make the whole landscaping process easy – simple even! Our garden landscaping service team is knowledgeable and up-to-date with the latest technology. We can provide a tailored solution for any job, using our modern machinery and experienced staff.
The best way to get started is to organise a completely FREE garden consultation with our expert team.
What is garden landscaping?
Landscaping is the process of altering a natural environment in order to make it look a certain way. Gardening for the yard is integral to a home. This can be done by installing new garden beds, planting new plants and trees, and so on but landscaping also involves other elements such as hanging fencing, building retaining walls, adding paving stones or pavers to walkways, building small structures like gazebos or pergolas with stone components that depend on structural materials such as bricks and concrete blocks, plus installing rocks and other features within an area. The purpose of landscaping is to increase the attractiveness and functionality of an area while giving it a unique appearance.
In most cases, landscaping is carried out according to a design blueprint that has been drawn up by a professional such as a landscape designer or landscape architect. These plans are detailed and have measured drawings so that the people carrying out the landscaping know exactly how large garden beds or other elements should be, and where they need to go given the size of their property or square meterage. Landscaping is the process of creating and building a garden, not the design. Depending on what you want to be done, some homeowners do this by themselves while others hire trained professionals or companies like Garden Life Landscapes to complete a project for them.
What to consider when landscaping my garden?
When it comes to completing your first (or next) garden renovation there are number of things you should consider:
Design – How do you want your yard to look overall, what garden design would match your existing house?
Decor – Are you looking to install a fountain or sculpture?
Colour – Is there a specific colour scheme?
Plants & flowers – What are the best plants that would match your garden design.
Climate – Does Brisbane weather only allow certain plants/flowers to flourish?
The season – What time of year are you landscaping? How much sunlight a day does your yard get?
Reasons you should consider landscaping
The idea of highly-polished green grass, bright flowers and eye-catching designs can make us want to dig into our pockets immediately, but understanding the concepts surrounding these changes before implementing them can help you ensure that your renovation adds value without negatively impacting your family’s space or the environment.
A freshly designed home landscape can greatly increase the value of your property. By how much? Well, real estate studies have stated landscaping can increase your property’s value by as much as 5% to 15%. So using this upper percentage, if your house is valued at $400,000 then your landscape renovation could increase the value of your home by up to $60,000!
However, before you drive to your local nursery and get planting… the director and general manager of online lender State Custodians, Gavin Smith, does warn a complicated design can throw off potential buyers altogether and recommends keeping it simple.
The potential value increase to your home is definitely an incentive, but it might not be the reason your neighbor is installing new turf. We have customers work with us for a multitude of reasons, these include:
- A way to reduce stress
- Adding extra privacy to their house
- Reducing heating and cooling costs (more time outside, less time using heaters and aircons)
- Wanting a more inviting, entertaining area for friends and family
The decision of whether or not you want to use garden landscaping can be impacted by cost and location. Take for example Queensland: If you were to landscape a yard in the sunshine state, you’d have to take water restrictions and heat waves into account to make sure the beautiful garden design you just planted doesn’t die within a few days. Researching thoroughly is beneficial in making sure no time or money is wasted.
How much does it cost to landscape a garden?
The fastest way to get an estimate of cost is to use our landscaping cost calculator! It’s completely free and it gives you a range in price of how much your new landscaping work will cost.
It is difficult to exactly calculate how much landscaping will cost, so by far the best option is to get an expert landscaper to provide a Garden Consultation and Quote – this will give you an idea of the exact price your desired landscaping will cost, and what work should be done.
There are a few other methods to work out how much your landscaping project will typically cost. Open Agent states that the general rule of estimating the cost is finding 5% to 10% of the value of your home. For example, if your home is valued at $500,000, Open Agent’s recommended amount to set aside for landscaping would be $25,000 to $50,000.
In terms of hourly rates, landscaping your garden can range from $20/hr for minor work, but the more complex ones are significantly more expensive — up to nearly $350. The average hourly rate for this type of job sits at $50 an hour, with a total cost between $2,000 and $5,000 being estimated for the design services. This typically varies depending on factors like the size of the property, how accessible you are to them, and whether or not there is a complicated layout that needs to be worked on. To quickly get an idea of price – use our free landscape cost calculator.
Is landscaping a DIY project?
Before undertaking a large DIY project, like gardening in your Brisbane backyard, you should consider and evaluate these points:
- Analyse your skillset – What is your experience? Have you done similar tasks in the past?
- Figuring out your style – Comparing your style and landscaping aspirations to the current condition of your yard can help determine whether you feel comfortable not hiring a professional service.
- Break down pricing – Create a plan, even with a designer, first to help figure out whether you can afford to hire a professional.
Even experienced do-it-yourselfers may require the help of a pro, such as a licensed tradesperson, if they are doing a project requiring permits or building codes. Some of these projects include:
- Permits and planning
- Porches, patios and decks
- Lighting, wiring and electrical
- Pools and water features
How to save money on your landscape renovation
You may still be able to save on your backyard renovations as there almost always smaller maintenance tasks that anyone can DIY – you just need to dedicate some time and effort to get it done!
Some of these tasks include:
- Cleaning – Raking leaves, hosing down any concrete, and getting rid of any fallen branches and sticks
- Removal of any dead annuals (flowers that perform their entire life cycle within one season)
- Pruning your shrubs (cutting the shrub in a specific way to control its growth and pattern)
- Straighten up any planting beds – remove any debris, rake to move the soil, and pull out any weeds
- Planting trees, shrubs, and flowers
- Creating a stone path for a rustic vibe
- Building a stylish seating area for entertaining