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Replacing Lawn with a Ground Cover

Answered by Brendan ~ September 16, 2010 ~ No Comments

I've had it with the ugly west-facing front lawn of my Bakersfield, California, home. It's about 65' wide x 20' deep. If there are ground covers that would survive our hot summers, what is the rough cost of having the lawn removed, installing a timed drip irrigation system, and planting a ground cover?

Karen C. ~ Bakersfield, California

Brendan Fowler

Landscaping has a very broad price range. This is due to the fact that there are literally thousands of ways to landscape the same yard. In your climate there are many ground covers that would thrive, especially if irrigated. Without a specific design laying out what kind of plants you want and an irrigation plan, I can only give a vague cost estimate. To remove a 1300sq/ft lawn and provide some basic landscaping and irrigation you can plan on spending between, $2500-$7500. I would recommend putting together a landscape plan and contacting a couple of landscaping contractors, and get some pricing. In addition to bidding your project, they will probably offer some good advice on your landscaping project. Good Luck!

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