Homeowners should expect to spend an average of $1,170 on landscaping curbing. The amount already includes the cost of labor and materials, but it’s possible to pay only $350 for DIY projects.
Landscape edging becomes necessary when you want to a finished look for your curb, protect flowers and trees when mowing the lawn, add decorative aluminum fencing to protect shrubs and prevent weed growth. Your preferred landscape design and type of edging materials such as brick and concrete also affect the total cost.
The actual price of landscaping curbing installation will vary based on the size of your front yard, type of materials, and fees for professional work.
Urban residents can spend more than those who live in rural areas because of the higher cost of living. Homeowners in cities should also expect to pay a higher price for the cost of materials.
Brick and concrete are more expensive, but these are more attractive and durable than other materials like plastic and wood.
A typical project covers at least 180 square feet of space.
If you use pre-formed concrete blocks, the cost of materials ranges between $2 per square and $3 per square foot. On-site concrete pour costs between $4 per square and $5 per square foot. You need to hire a contractor for concrete-pouring work since it requires special tools.
Pros and Cons
While landscaping edging has its advantages, some of its drawbacks include a problematic time for removing concrete, especially when it was poured on the ground.
You should only consider poured concrete when you want a more polished and contoured look for your curb.
Don’t choose concrete pour when you often make changes to the location of plants and flowers. Instead, select individual blocks for edging flowerbeds and trees. Once you estimate the required number of blocks, add at least 5% more to cover the need for replacements due to damage.
Otherwise, you can have a hard time finding a matching block to replace a cracked part.
Talk to a landscape designer when you plan to install bricks or concrete under a fence. In case you need to replace aluminum fencing, switch to a decorative one to complement the edging style.
Most aluminum fences measure between three feet and six feet in height. Pet owners consider this as a stylish addition to their garden while keeping animals away from flowerbeds and plants when letting them outside.
Choose a design without pointy edges or tips to prevent harm and injury to your pets or children.
Despite resembling the appearance of wrought iron, an aluminum fence can cost around 50% less expensive. Wooden fence installation entails a cheaper upfront cost, but it’s not as low-maintenance and durable as aluminum.
In the end, you can limit your expenses on landscape curbing by buying your materials and supplies.
Look for a professional who will agree to a labor-only rate for your project, and ask at least three quotes from different contractors for an easier comparison of prices.