(1,000 square feet), approximately 40 x 25 feet
Price Range: $6,000 to $10,000

Many people put off Xeriscaping their yards because they’re concerned about the cost. But with a little planning and some patience, xeriscaping can be started and completed for little money.

Buy smaller plants. Within a year or two, the plants will grow.
Have a contract purchase the plants for you.
Start plants from seed.
Started from cuttings. Plan for low-maintenance yards
Reduce the size of your project.
Example only. Not actual proposed plan.

A 32 Lamium
B 32 Mahonia repens
C 1 Saskatoon serviceberry
D 3 Hancock coralberry
E 3 Effusa common juniper
F 2 Carol Mackie daphne
G 1 Yellow flowering currant

(1,500 square feet), approximately 60 x 25 feet
Price: $15,000 (apply for Municipal Rebate)

(3,000 square feet or larger), approximately 55 x 55 feet
Price: to be quoted

The average homeowner spends between $16,000 and $18,000 on xeriscaping their yard. The average project costs around $17,000 for the xeriscaping of 1,200 sq. ft. with groundcovers, shrubs, plants, and the deliberate placement of rocks in areas to promote water conservation. On the low end of the spectrum, some people spend $6,000 on xeriscaping a 500 sq. ft. lawn with minimal plants and rocks and some light groundcover. At the high end of the price range, you could spend as much as $24,000 for premium xeriscaping on a 2,000 sq. ft. lawn, including shrubs, plants, groundcover, and a custom water conservation-focused design.

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