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Home Gardening & Landscaping tips in Quebec

Enjoying home gardening in beautiful weather.

The outdoor space on your property gives onlookers their first glimpse of your home. First impressions are very important especially when the time comes to sell your property.

Home gardening has become a very popular hobby for people who love being in the outdoors, nurturing plants while exercising the body. Caring for plants and other vegetation improves mood and mental health.

With the right design, the outdoor space in your home will give you more opportunities to enjoy nature and increase your joy as a homeowner.

Turn your yard or garden into your own oasis with beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers to give your home the best appearance possible.

Landscaping companies can provide you with everything you need for your home garden.  Of course, if your outdoor space is huge, you may want to consider hiring landscapers to plan, develop and maintain your front yard or backyard garden.

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Reasons to get Landscaping for your home

Front yard landscaping in summer.

Did you know that landscaping can increase the value of your home by as much as 20%? If you are planning to sell your home soon, there may be less expensive projects that give a higher return on investment.

However, if you are planning to live in your home for many more years and want to enjoy the outdoors more while increasing home value, landscaping is the ideal solution.

Aside from being an excellent way to show your property is well-maintained and boost market value, landscaping offers many more benefits.

Keep in mind that landscaping your home will not only improve its appeal but it can also save you money over time.

More curb appeal

The first and foremost benefit of landscaping is boosting the curb appeal of your home.  Onlookers will have a more attractive glimpse of your home from the outside and make your home more desirable and presentable.

Reduce utility bills

Yes, landscaping can reduce your utility bills. With well-planned landscaping, trees can give your space more shade. This means you can reduce the need to use air-conditioning during the hot summer months.

Increase outdoor livable space

Create livable spaces you and your family can enjoy with a patio, sunroom, or deck. Landscape the surrounding area to increase your comfort and relaxation. You can also have a pergola to enjoy the gardens when the weather is perfect.

Increase privacy and peace of mind

The right vegetation in the right places on your property can also give you more privacy.  You can have more peace of mind that you are safe from the prying eyes of outsiders or criminals.

As you can see, having a well-maintained garden on your property can offer you many rewards for a small investment.

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When is it time to hire a landscaper?

Are you considering hiring a landscaper but feel uncertain if you should go ahead?   Landscaping is an investment for your home so you can enjoy it more and increase its value.

If your outdoor space is large, it may be difficult to do the gardening by yourself. If you are also busy with your career, an hour or two over the weekend may not be enough.

Landscapers can help you install and maintain landscaping on your property at very reasonable prices.  By hiring a landscaping contractor, you can keep your lawn and gardens looking wonderful all year round with water features, retaining wall, and so many more.

In Quebec, licensed and reputable landscapers are members of the APPQ, a professional organization of landscape contractors. These professionals have received the necessary training and certification in their field and comply with the best practices in their trade.

Home gardening can be fun but it is also time-consuming and physically challenging. If you have a large garden, consider hiring a professional landscaper and benefit from professional landscaping services.


How much does it cost to hire a landscaping contractor?

Installation of water feature

Are you planning a landscaping project from scratch?

It could cost from $3,000 to $20,000, depending on the size of your property and what features you want. On average, the cost for landscaping is about $7 to $15 per square foot.

Expenses associated with a landscaping project


Type of expense Average Cost
City permit $152 for projects with an estimated cost below $15,000proportionate to the cost of the project
Installation of a pond $2,500 to $3,000
Water fountain $2,200 – $2,500
Tree removal depends on the size and type of the tree
roughly $700 to $1,500 per tree
Grading $150++ per cubic yard
Landscaping design $100 to $125 per hour
Turf $3,500 – $10,000
Sodding $.050 to $1.00 per square foot
Irrigation $2,500
Curb $1,000 to $1,500
Retaining wall $20 – $30 per square foot
Gazebo $1,200- $1,500
Wooden Deck $60 to $75 per square foot

** Additional cost for plants, bushes, trees, flowers selected in your design


The success of your project depends on stringent planning. A good landscaping design will allow the right elements to be incorporated in your gardens to suit the style and design of your home.

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What is landscaping maintenance?

Landscapers laying sod on the ground.

There are many avid gardeners out there. If you plan to install a small garden and do your own gardening, no problem. Home gardening is a great activity that helps you stay healthy, happy, and commune with nature.

But it you have an extensive garden, it may be too much for one person to do all-year round.

For most homes, the cost of landscaping does not end with the installation. It will have ongoing costs which we have outlined below.


Type of activity

Average Cost

Recommended frequency
Lawn care $30 to $50 per visit Weekly or Monthly
Hedge trimming / Pruning varies Multiple times year
Mulching $250 to $500 per application Multiple times
Watering $50 to $150 per visit regularly

Can you do the work yourself?

After your landscaping is installed, you can do gardening tasks that you can take on yourself. This includes watering, mulching, or lawn care.

It all depends on your availability and ability (physical condition) to do the work. By doing some of these gardening tasks, you can save on the cost of maintaining your landscaping.


FAQS about home gardening and landscaping

Retaining wall installation

We know you are excited about building your garden or landscaping your home. But we also know that you have a lot of questions on your mind.

Below we present some of the most popular FAQS to help you plan your landscaping project..

What is the ideal landscaping budget?

Home renovation experts recommend that you don’t spend more than 10% of the value of your home on landscaping.  This ensures that you get a good return on your investment.

That means if your home is valued at $500,000, you should plan a budget of less than $50,000. Of course, this is just a rule of thumb. If you want to spend less than 10%, that is fine. It all depends on the outdoor space you have available (size), your personal goals, and your desired design.

For average-sized homes, the median cost homeowners spend on landscaping is around $15,000.

What should I do if there is a power line near the area where I want to plant a tree?

You should never plant climbing plants near a utility pole. Visit the Hydro-Quebec website to find the right plants or trees to choose from planting. They recommend various shrubs or plants suitable with the power distribution system.

Do I need a permit for landscaping in Montreal?

Generally, landscaping in Montreal does not require a permit. There are, however, certain rules that need to be followed. If your home is a heritage building, there could be other requirements.

Your landscaping contractor can help you with permits required, if any. You can also check with your municipality.

What is the right season for landscaping projects?

Many homeowners assume that spring is the right time for a landscaping project. For flowers, spring is the best time for planting. Don’t be surprised but for planting shrubs, trees, and grass, autumn is the better time. When you plant in the fall, the roots can get established for the next 6 months or so before summer arrives.

How can I find the right landscaper?

Word of mouth is a common way to get a landscaper. You could get a referral from a friend, neighbor, or relative. Of course, this is subjective and what could be wonderful for another person may not be the same for you. The smarter way would be to find a landscaper by comparing multiple contractors and checking on their work and prices. You can easily do this on our platform by filling out our short online form, free of charge. We have also screened all our partners strictly to ensure a satisfactory and honest transaction for you.

Is an irrigation system necessary?

Watering your plants and lawn is necessary for them to thrive. Installing an irrigation system would be helpful because you can set it to the parts of the lawn you want and saves you from doing much of the work.

Can landscaping increase the resale value of my property?

Yes, landscaping will boost the market value of your home. Realtors and homebuyers appreciate a well-maintained property.  Attract more buyers with great curb appeal from landscaping.

If I want to start a home garden, how do I pick the right plants?

You can buy starter plants for a home garden so you don’t have to wait too long for them to grow and you benefit from the results right away.

If you prefer creating your garden yourself, you can pick easy-to-grow plants. It is also great to grow plants you like to eat.  Whatever you choose, remember to start small and expand as you become better at gardening.

Do landscaping contractors require a down payment?

Most contractors, regardless of the type of renovation, ask for a small down payment to cover their initial cost.  Some contractors request a down payment through your credit card or check payment.

For your protection, never give a down payment until you have validated the contractor and have a signed contract. It should also be a minimum down-payment, preferably 20% or less of the cost of the project.


Financing for your landscaping project

We understand that times are tough – you may not have $10,000 lying around to spend on landscaping.

Don’t worry because financing options are available to help you do your home improvement project.

Canadian homeowners can tap into their home equity to pay for renovation projects including landscaping.  Home equity loans are also easier to obtain than other types of loans.

Is it a good idea to borrow money for landscaping? If you can afford to pay monthly for the cost of landscaping over a certain number of years, why not? It is an investment as it can boost the market value of your property.

Landscaping projects are worthwhile investments because they can increase the home’s selling price in the future. And for the meantime, while you live in your home, you can enjoy the spaces in your home more.

The first step in planning your landscaping project is to determine what you want and know how much you need for your landscaping.

To be ready with your budget, get accurate quotes from landscaping contractors in your area.

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