Cost to Restore a Lawn

Cost to Restore a Lawn

What's the cost to restore a lawn? The contractor cost to restore a lawn is $495 vs. doing yourself for $215. Add your ZIP Code to adjust the home improvement and repair cost to where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 12.1 DIY 4.5
Money Pro $495 DIY $215
Per Square Foot Cost
Per SF Cost $0.99 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Bring new life to a tired lawn with a facelift designed to cure its ills and transform the look of your property. Your lawn needs attention if the grass is ridden with patchy clumps of weeds, unsightly bare spots or areas of hard compacted soil. This lawn renovation isn't an instant makeover; your grass requires regular attention, but in one growing season you'll be amazed at what a little tender loving care and feeding can do. This kind of care is best suited for a homeowner who's around regularly to feed, water and nurture the new growth, rather than a landscaper who would have to make return visits.

If you want to hire out the job and can find a landscaper to take it on, he'll charge $495 to weed, level, aerate, fertilize and seed a 100-square-foot patch of lawn. This includes labor and material. You can do the job for $215, the cost of lawn seed and soil amendments. That includes $90 for a day's rental of a power aerator if it's necessary.

The scope of the job depends on the condition of the soil and extent of the damage. Typically it involves short, incremental tasks that include removing the weeds and raking and leveling the soil before fertilizing and seeding. If there are thick clumps of thatch or compacted soil, rent a power aerator to loosen the soil and create drainage. Then add amendments such as organic matter, fertilizer, lime or sulfur to the soil and seed the area. The follow-up work is important: protect and watch for new growth, and water and nurture the seedlings until they are strong and thriving.

Don't want to do this job yourself? Find a landscape contractor who has the skills and tools to do it right, click here to get to Home Advisor and it will open in a new tab and you’ll have to answer some basic questions about your job followed by contractors in your area to do the job.

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The average price to restore a lawn noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020

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Poll Results

DIY 74%
PRO 26%

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