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“Money is scarce and you’ve got to
save as much as you can. If you employ
the right professional it can actually
make you money and save you money in
the long run as well,” Soster says.
nBANG FOR YOUR BUCK
David Franklin is director of Franklin
Landscape & Design. His landscapes
and designs have been showcased on
TV programs including The Block,
Australia’s Best Backyards and Selling
When it comes to getting the best
bang for your landscaping buck,
Franklin says you have to get the design
“Design to the budget you have
allocated and start there,” he says.
He explains that people can get carried
away with certain features and then
closer to the end of the project they have
no money left.
“This leaves you with an incomplete
landscape,” Franklin says.
“Have a look at the whole project and
make sure it fits in your budget.
“To get a great landscape that gives
you bang for buck is to go by the saying
‘less is more’. Open the garden up, make
great use of the main features, get rid of
the clutter, make more usable spaces and
don’t put too much into small spaces.
This will give you great results.”
n$10,00 BUDGET OR LESS
For those on a budget of $10,000 or less
Franklin suggests hiring a landscaper
just to do the excavation and layout.
“Then do the planting and mulching
yourself,” he says. “Most landscapers will
often do day labour as well, and this can
save plenty of money.”
It all comes back to the design and
what you want to achieve.
So what are the key areas to focus on
for a sub-$10,000 budget?
Franklin says he’s had to do a few of
these lately, so it’s more common than
you might think.
f Recycle old materials on site.
f Clean up old pots and paint them a
new fresh colour.
f Add new plants to newly painted pots.
f Clean and fix old paving. This could
be an easy job by fixing the grout.
If it’s concrete, it might just need a
new sealer. Choose a darker colour
as this will hide the cracks and
f Get into your garden and clean out all
the weeds and overgrown plants.
f Paint the fences a dark colour as this
will highlight plants and make an old
fence like new.
f Again, open the garden areas up. If
this property is for sale, people want
to see low maintenance gardens with
There are always ways you can add some
extra value to your home by stimulating
its street appeal.
“Try and fit some plants to the front
gate area so it’s not just a straight fence.
This formalises it more,” Franklin says.
He goes on to say that outdoor
lighting is a big thing these days, so don’t
let all the hard work you’ve put into your
property be left in the dark once the sun
goes down. A few strategically placed
outdoor lights can add a whole new
dimension to your property at night.
“This will make the house look softer.
It can light up key features, which will
enhance street presence,” he says.
Another personal touch Franklin likes
to add is having a separate pathway to
the front door.
“Rather than walking up the
driveway,” he says.
“And I always love a feature in the
front yard, whether it’s a water feature or
a pot with plants.”
“I think for a house valued around
$550,000 I would be allowing a
landscaping budget of $55,000,”
For a property valued from
$550,000 to $1 million, Franklin says
a landscaping budget of $75,000 to
$100,000 can be suitable.
And for a property valued between
$1 million and $1.5 million?
“For this price bracket, a budget of
$120,000 to $150,000,” Franklin says.
“ This is normally 10 per cent of
what your property is worth and
should give you a reasonable return on
“Pools and outdoor rooms will also
increase these costs.”
But like anything with property, the
main point here is to make sure you
“In my experience I think you can
overcapitalise in the garden when you
have too much going on, such as too
many features, which are unnecessary,”
These days many people are too busy
to really do much with their outdoor
spaces, so fixing or maintenance of the
garden is often neglected.
“It’s an important aspect that helps to
“Keep it simple but effective,”
“Get some advice from a local
landscaper and make sure he’s a
But also get into your garden and use
it yourself encourages Franklin.
“ There’s nothing better than relaxing
on a pleasant evening with a glass of
wine overlooking your garden and
admiring what you’ve achieved.” API
Before the makeover
One of Franklin’s garden makeovers, after
HOW TO n Landscape for Top Returns
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