Cost to Plant a Hedge – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1075

$ 670

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 71% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a Plant a Hedge noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does planting a hedge cost? A landscape service charges $1,075 to plant 50 feet of hedging, but a home gardener can do the job for $670 and save 43 percent. 

Create a living barrier and plant a hedge for privacy from neighbors or to muffle noisy traffic. And a thick dense hedge can provide security and deter intruders. A hedge has endearing qualities that make it much more than a mere barrier and is better than a wooden fence because it’s such an attractive way to soften sounds and enclose your property.

A gardener can use its lush tangle of leaves as a backdrop for a bed of flowers, and it might just be what brings songbirds to take up residence. On the negative side, a hedge is a commitment; it will involve regular maintenance, including weeding, clipping and trimming.

Here’s how much it costs. A landscaper will charge $1,075 to plant a 50-foot hedge of Leyland cypress, which grows relatively fast so it’s a popular choice for hedging material. You can put in 6 plants for the hedge yourself for $670 and save 38 percent. The job involves digging the holes for the plants, fertilizing the soil and planting them.

Get planting advice from a local garden center, and choose hedging material that grows well in your area and property conditions. Ask about spacing requirements so you allow plenty of growing room between the plants. To experiment with the placement for a hedge, use a garden hose to outline where you’d like to plant it. Find out what type and how much fertilizer to add and the best time to clip and trim the hedge.

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Before you begin any planting between your and your neighbors’ yards, consult your survey so you (and your neighbors) know where property lines are.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to plant a hedge with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. 

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