Cost to Plant an Herb Garden

Cost to Plant an Herb Garden

The contractor cost to plant an herb garden is $265 vs. doing it yourself for $65 and saving 75 percent. Add your ZIP Code to adjust the home improvement and repair cost to where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 2.6 Diy 5.5
Money Pro $265 Diy $65
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 Cost to Plant an Herb Garden

Cost to Plant an Herb Garden

The contractor cost to plant an herb garden is $265 vs. doing it yourself for $65 and saving 75 percent. Add your ZIP Code to adjust the home improvement and repair cost to where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 2.6 Diy 5.5
Money Pro $265 Diy $65
Click to Adjust Cost to Your ZIP Code.
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Ask anyone who cooks about herbs and they'll tell you freshly picked basil or rosemary, or any herb, can make an ordinary dish extraordinary. And they'll predict that once you plant a few herbs, you'll get carried away because it's so enjoyable, not to mention productive. You'll use the bounty every day to add zest and flavor to all your meals because it's so easy to walk outside and clip a few sprigs of parsley or oregano. Once the herbs get going it's fun to share them with friends.

Plan some time to peruse a nearby nursery center where you can get advice about local growing conditions. Many offer classes in herb growing, too. Most herbs grow in well-drained soil in a sunny or partially shaded spot; if that's near the kitchen or back door, so much the better because it's convenient to step outside with your clippers and snip a few to add to a recipe.

A gardener will charge $265 to prepare a garden bed, fertilize the soil and plant a variety of eight herbs. This includes the labor and material. You can buy the plants for $65 and plant them, and save 75 percent. The project involves preparing the garden bed by removing weeds, rocks and old plants, and using a hand cultivator to work the soil. You may need to add new topsoil or amendments, depending on the condition of the soil. Add fertilizer or organic matter and spread the soil with a rake until the surface is level with the surrounding soil. Then plant the herbs by spacing them about a foot apart, positioning tall herbs along the back and using low-growing plants as an edging material in the front.

The Tasteful Garden has this advice about How to Start an Herb Garden.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to plant an herb garden with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019

The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors' experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.


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