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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does landscaping cost per square foot?

The cost of landscaping can vary widely based on the type of plants you wish to have, the amount of grading required, the condition of the land before work begins, and other factors. Adding in designer or high-end landscaping, as well as hardscaping such as sidewalks, walls, or patios will add to the cost. To find out how much your landscaping will cost, contact landscapers near you.

Is hiring a landscaper worth it?

A landscaper is worth it if you don't want to invest a significant amount of time and effort into planting, trimming, raking, weeding and performing other operations on your garden or yard. Hiring a landscaper to perform regular maintenance in your yards and complete bigger projects is valuable if you’re looking to sell your house. A professional landscaper can make your house more appealing to potential buyers. 

Some landscapers may perform maintenance duties — remove leaves, mow lawns, trim trees and shrubs, etc. —  but they can also help you bring bigger projects to life. This may include adding a misting system, an outdoor fireplace, water features, artificial turf, a patio and much more.

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How much does landscaping cost?

The price of landscaping varies widely due to the range of choices that can be made, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $320 and $20,000 for your landscaping work. The national average cost for a landscaping project is $2,600. 

Factors like the choice of plants, the amount and type of hardscaping, the square footage of your landscaped area, and the region you live in will have a significant effect on your landscaping cost.

Where can you buy landscaping rocks?

You can shop for landscaping rocks from a variety of different sources. The first option is large chain retail stores specializing in home improvement and gardening. Often, landscaping rocks like slate and other slabs arrive on pallets and are sold in bulk, giving you a great deal. Your local landscaping store also carries rocks, and you may even have a stone or quarry seller nearby who can sell you the rocks you need. When in doubt, contact landscaping companies near you to see if they have rocks you can purchase.

What is landscaping?

Landscaping is the intentional placement and maintenance of living plants on an area of land or in your yard. This can include trees, lawn, flowers, bushes and other plant life and often incorporates mulch and other organic matter. The primary purpose of landscaping is to provide beauty to the house or building it surrounds. 

Many landscaping companies also offer design, architecture and construction services. For example, they can help you design a yard that incorporates a patio, deck, pool, fire pit, lighting, walkways, retaining walls and more.

How much does landscaping improve home value?

Landscaping your property can boost the value of your home between 5% and 15%, according to Better Homes & Gardens. They specify that this is the amount of value added when you upgrade the condition of your landscaping from poor to good, though these terms are subjective. 

What is landscape design?

Landscaping design refers to the art of analyzing an existing landscape, planning how to transform it through flora and fauna design and working with a client to ensure goals are met. Landscape designers may completely transform an outdoor space or make minor modifications to enhance it. They may also call for grading and the construction of hardscaping surfaces like walkways or patios to add to the enjoyment of the space.

How do you find a good landscape architect?

Hiring a landscape architect is an investment in your home. Landscaping can reduce water bills, improve your home resale value, add to your daily living experience and significantly boost curb appeal. A landscape architect will draw the designs for your new landscape; you’ll want to hire a landscape contractor to carry out the plans. Many companies provide design-build landscaping services, with a company architect creating plans for your vision and the landscape contractor executing the vision. With the proper academic background and licensing, a person can be both landscape architect and landscape contractor. Here are a few tips for finding a great landscape architect:

  • Research online portfolios and find several landscape architects whose work interests you.
  • Read online reviews of client experiences.
  • Research whether the landscape architects you are interested in are currently licensed and in good standing with the licensing board, and check whether any complaints have been issued against them. Each state will have their own searchable database. For example, you can search for California landscape architects via the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Request bids from your selected landscape architects.
  • Hire the one you like the most, taking care to have a clearly written contract outlining scope of work.

For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

What does a landscape contractor do?

Landscape contractors work from outdoor architectural or design plans to build and install hardscaping or softscaping for the client, much as a general contractor uses architectural designs to build a house. Landscape contractors are experts in soil drainage, grading, hardscaping (installing concrete paths and retaining wall, building ponds, etc.), and planting. They have heavy equipment such as excavators and tractors to prepare the land as needed.

Some landscape contractors are also landscape architects or landscape designers. The titles can be compared with those in home construction: A building or landscape architect must earn a specialized architecture degree and pass an exam to have a license. A designer — whether an interior designer or a landscape designer — does not usually require a license to work. Landscape contractors are not required by law to work from plans designed by a landscape architect, so you may work directly with the landscape contractor to specify the work you’d like done. The national average cost for large-scale landscaping projects is $10,160. Pricing can vary greatly depending on the project scope, materials and design.

What should you look for when hiring a landscaper?

Landscaping can be costly — though it usually pays off in curb appeal and home resale value — so finding a landscaper who is worth the investment is important. When hiring a landscaper, look for proven success with the type of results you want. For example, if you know you want a drought-tolerant yard, research websites, reviews and portfolios that showcase beautiful drought-tolerant yards that the landscaper has installed. In addition to relevant experience, you’ll want to find a landscape contractor who has good client reviews. Good communication skills are another important quality in a landscape contractor, since everything from plant selection to hardscape installation needs to be discussed and agreed upon. A landscape contractor who is reliable, easy to understand and able to listen to what you want will help make the process seamless and enjoyable.

Reviews for Mesa landscapers
Alexandra A.
10/10 Recommend! They did such a good job on the yard! Definitely contacting them again if I needs landscaping done. Thank you so much Ponce Landscaping!
Ponce landscapingPonce landscaping
Spencer V.
They did a great job doing the landscaping in our yard. Did the work for a reasonable price and did it quickly and efficiently. Would use them again for any future landscaping needs.
Ops tree & lawn care proOps tree & lawn care pro
Cynth S.
Excellent service. Prompt. Kind and Professional. Landscaping was excellent.
Stephanie M.
Chris not only helped with our landscaping, he also knows masonry and was able to build us a wall with a gate.
Numero Uno Tree and PalmsNumero Uno Tree and Palms
Jacque M.
It’s nice to finally find a landscape service that shows up when they say they’re going to be there and does a great job!
Work Zone LandscapeWork Zone Landscape
Michele T.
I'm so thrilled to find Bombero Landscaping, finally. I have had a difficult time finding great landscaping service until hiring them. They are professional, consistent, reasonably priced and do what they say they will do. In contrast to others, the price includes the small things, like sprinkler head repair. To my surprise, they came out right away when I was having an issue and didn't charge extra to correct the problem. I also appreciate the excellent communication, knowing when they will be here. Thank you Bombero Landscaping!
Bombero LandscapingBombero Landscaping
Jared K.
Work Zone Landscape is always punctual and does great work. I highly recommend them to do monthly property maintenance.
Work Zone LandscapeWork Zone Landscape
Christinia B.
J Landscape was fast in responding. Quoted a reasonable price and was on time. Would recommend them to anyone who needs yard work done quickly.
J Landscape servicesJ Landscape services
Jesse B.
Lupe and his crew did an amazing job with my pavers, gravel and garden edging. I would recommend him for your outdoor landscaping project.
Phoenix Pavers and Turf, LLCPhoenix Pavers and Turf, LLC
Joani W.
Great job. I’ve had terrible experiences with landscapers until Castita. He was responsive, showed up and addressed all the issues. Glad I found them.
Kahlil C.
Lenin and his crew did a great job. They were also fast and my yard, shrubs and tree were all trimmed and landscaped exactly the way I wanted.
Four Season Clean Ups LLCFour Season Clean Ups LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Roberto was very professional and efficient. His prices were fair and he produced wonderful results. I would highly recommend using Roberto for your landscaping needs.
Thunder LandscapeThunder Landscape
Thumbtack Customer
Roy is excellent to work with, very responsive and knowledgeable. Performed: Remove rock, trench, install drainage pipe & drains, test , grade / landscape, plant trees, re-rock, clean-up
Triple L Landscaping & DesignTriple L Landscaping & Design
Alycia H.
Bombero Landscape did great! He came out right away, got everything done we discussed and was very fast. Very happy with his work and plan to work with them again.
Bombero LandscapingBombero Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Ivan responded quickly and gave me a reasonable quote. He arrived at the time promised and completed the job to my satisfaction. I would have no hesitation using Ivan/Devine Desert Landscaping in the future.
Divine Desert Landscape LLCDivine Desert Landscape LLC
Aimee And Tyler C.
Cody did an amazing job with our front yard and we loved his details with his steel additional and keeping the plants within the same theme. Highly recommend for anyone wanting landscaping unique with details.
Cody Cloud DesignCody Cloud Design
Monica C.
Brock has excellent communication skills. He completed my project ahead of schedule and it looks fantastic! I will hire him again for future projects as well as refer him to family and friends for landscape needs.
ModernScapes LLCModernScapes LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Been in Arizona almost 5 years now and had multiple company's come out and hands down this company is the best. Yard looks fantastic couldn't be happier with our service would recommend them above anyone else. No need to look further call Vegas landscaping
Vega's Landscaping LLCVega's Landscaping LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I had a small landscape project that turned into a big one that needed fixing. Mark came out and worked with what I had to make things right again. It took less time than they estimated and started early. I'm really happy with the results. Thanks guys!
MAC's Handyman ServicesMAC's Handyman Services
Felice W.
Great service. Responded quickly to my request and came out first thing the next morning. Removed all weeds from our desert landscaped backyard and frontyard. Completed in less than 1 hour and yard looks GREAT!! Will definitely hire again for future yard work.
NoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping serviceNoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping service
Christina F.
Working with Landscaping by Ismael was really great ! They did an awesome job making our front yard look very clean and trimmed. They were very responsive, came out and gave us a quote then came back the next day to do the job. I would definitely recommend them !
Landscaping by IsmaelLandscaping by Ismael
April S.
R&C Landscaping and Cleanup did a great job cleaning up my overgrown grass and weeds. They worked with me on a price and showed awesome customer service. I am extremely happy with my experience with R&C. Thank you so much R&C crew!
R&C landscaping and clean-upR&C landscaping and clean-up
Thumbtack Customer
I called Ivan for help to finish a tree-trim job. Thankfully he was able to come out the following day and he was able to trim the tree to make it look better. I was pleased with his work and the money spent. Will use him again for future landscaping/trimming needs.
Divine Desert Landscape LLCDivine Desert Landscape LLC
Lindsey C.
We hired J Lawn Services to clean up our front and back yard. The landscapers were on time and did a fantastic job. The price I paid was very reasonable. If you are looking for some TLC to be done to your yard and you’re on a budget, I would highly recommend J Lawn Services.
J Landscape servicesJ Landscape services
Sky & Paul W.
Heriberto is NICE. Upbeat, young, energetic & very agreeable. English is not perfect, so be very clear when speaking to him. Yet overall VALUE is very, very strong. See before & after Palo Verde tree pruning below. I requested they be aggressive cut back to regrow in high canopy. While my old landscaper would just snip the ends of branches, Heriberto and his team took off low limbs and hauled it all away. Blowing & clean-up were perfect too! Next I'm going to have him design & install my whole front yard. I really enjoy my yard and outdoor living. It's truly a joy to have finally found a competent landscaper that I ENJOY working with!!
LIV Lawn and Construction LLCLIV Lawn and Construction LLC
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