Angie's List: Designing and affordable landscaping while keeping within your budget

LEWISTON, ID - As the weather continues to heat up, it's time to tackle the outdoor projects, but you might think landscaping is something you won't be able to afford.

In today's Angie's List report, what you can get for $50.00 to $5,000.00.

"I've got some neighbors that invest significantly into their landscaping so I want to be a good neighbor," said homeowner Bryan Nester. "As well, I value the addition of features outside the home just like I do inside the home."

"If you are dreaming about a big, fancy project for your landscaping, you should talk to a landscaper even if you're unsure about your budget," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "The great thing about landscaping is it can be done in phases. Talk to your landscaper. For example, if you're thinking about doing an outdoor kitchen, instead of going all out and doing it in one summer, add the fire pit this year and another element the next."

"We are redesigning the entire yard on this older home," said Nester. "We are accentuating some features that the home has, like these mature trees as well as covering up some cosmetic issues that have been creeping up through the years."

"Don't ignore your home's landscaping because investments in landscaping can add as much as 14% to the value of your home," said Hicks. "You don't have to do big elaborate projects. Sometimes the simple, basic things like well-manicured flower beds, a nicely done lawn, and adding trees to your property can give you a nice return on investment."

"The best advice I have is start out with a plan," said Landscaping Contractor, Ken Hyatt. "Have somebody design it. That can be a six month plan or a six year plan. Frequently what we are doing is a long-term plan that we do in phases."

When shopping around to get the most landscaping for your money, Angie's List recommends always verifying a company's insurance and licensing information. What they're selling may sound like a bargain, but you might end up with a raw deal if they're not following the rules.