The cost of concrete or stone patios, pool decks, landscape curbs, walkways, or access paths depends largely on the finish of the concrete or the type of stone used. How much should you invest in improving your landscape? Professionals recommend budgeting 10% of the value of your home. But the important thing to remember is that success doesn't depend on how much you spend. Landscaping doesn't have to be expensive, just be well-planned, says Carl Heldmann, author of Be Your Own House Contractor.
Here's how to start building your own landscape plan.