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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

Start contacting landscapers near you to get free estimates and start planning your project today.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Tempe landscapers
Mark S.
Very good work. I'm glad to have found Bombero Landscaping!
Bombero LandscapingBombero Landscaping
Scott M.
Noel's landscaping did a great job on our house.. I would highly recommend them...
NoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping serviceNoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping service
Samantha M.
SO far I am loving the landscaping services! So happy to have it taken care of.
LIV Lawn and Construction LLCLIV Lawn and Construction LLC
Jim H.
Noel and his crew were very prompt, professional and provided excellent value for our new synthetic lawn and total landscaping package.
NoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping serviceNoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping service
Samantha-Leigh T.
I was working with a landscaper that disappeared mid-project. Go 5 Bros stepped in and finished the project quickly and flawlessly. They were helpful, punctual and communicative.
Go 5 Bros.Go 5 Bros.
Daniel F.
Great work, Carlos & crew are very hard workers. They completed the job with in the time agreed upon. I really recommend Moras Landscaping. Great job on my drip system.
Moras landscapingMoras landscaping
Brittani A.
Julia turned our boring, plain front yard into a desert landscape that we can be proud to show off. She was helpful and responsive throughout the entire process and got the project done quickly. Tw thumbs up :)
Untangled Gardens L.L.C.Untangled Gardens L.L.C.
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding job with the trees and with our landscaping. The guys showed up around 6:30 AM and got to work right away. They finished up around 10 AM. They were very courteous and professional, too. Thanks Radley's Tree Service!
Radley's Tree ServiceRadley's Tree Service
Benson S.
He is very thorough. He is the best lawn care professional I have had. He did a hell of a job and corrected some things my other landscaper didn't do. I will have him come back every week.
NoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping serviceNoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping service
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Four Seasons to clean up a rental property that the landscaping had gone awry. They were prompt and cleaned up the property in half the time I imagined it would take. It looks like a whole different house. I have set up monthly maintenance and could not be more please with their service!
Four Season Clean Ups LLCFour Season Clean Ups LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Roberto and his crew did a very professional and excellent job removing a large mesquite tree from my front yard, including digging up the stump. They cleaned up and hauled away all traces of the tree and left my yard in very good condition. I would highly recommend Reberto for all landscaping needs.
Thunder LandscapeThunder Landscape
Gabriela l.
Great work!! I had a very sore eye of a backyard full of weeds and dead plants. I asked for a clean plain dirt layout and that’s what I got. I got quoted an estimate on-site and they were ready to work that same day! You will not be disappointed. I will DEFINITELY recommend JV Landscaping to others!!
JV landscapingJV landscaping
Justin S.
The agreement with Vega's landscaping was for them to remove the weeds from my yard, spray the yard to prevent weeds coming back and then lay down landscaping fabric to also keep weeds from growing through. When the job was done the yard looked good and the rock was spread well, but just a month or so later there are weeds growing back all over the yard. I reached out to them several times to have them remove the weeds over the course of several months. I received a phone call once saying they would be out to take care of it, never showed and will not respond to texts. The communication with this company was terrible from the start and I should have went with my instinct to not use this company. Don't not use this company if you want the job done right and proper follow through.
Vega's LandscapingVega's Landscaping
Christine S.
Chris and his team were awesome to work with. I needed landscape fabric, 13 tons of decorative rock, a few boulders, a border and some land contouring. They quoted me a fair price for the work, scheduled the start of work and completed everything within a couple of days. Chris and team were professional and they made sure that we were happy with the work done. My front yard looks great!
Numero Uno Tree and PalmsNumero Uno Tree and Palms
Dylan W.
Cesar did a great job fixing up my irrigation system, re seeding my lawns and removing some gravel from my backyard. Great prices and quality of work. Don’t waste your time with anyone else. These guys are awesome for any landscape needs you’ll have. This is the second time They’ve done work for me and I will continue to use them. Highly recommend!
Moreno Lawn & Garden Care LLCMoreno Lawn & Garden Care LLC
John R.
Roberto and his crew did a outstanding job installing synthetic grass in my backyard. My yard was a mess. Roberto came over and gave me a great price and followed through with his vision. The work quality is excellent. Your not going to meet a nicer guy. Thank you Roberto for the excellent job you and your crew did to improve our lifestyle. I would encourage anyone who is looking for a fair and professional landscaper to give you a call. Sincerely, John Raynolds
Bella's LandscapingBella's Landscaping
Aki K.
We hired Sergio for help with a project to level our lawn in the backyard, overseed for perennial rye, and remove a dead queen palm from this wild Summer heat we had. He came out on short notice to provide a free estimate, and then we continued exchanging messages to game plan what to do. Sergio and his colleague came out as promised and completed all projects in about a half day and from what I can tell so far looks like they did an amazing job, at a fair price and quick turnaround time. I’ll be sure to recommend him to more friends and family members looking for honest work at good prices. Thanks again Sergio @ Laurean Landscaping!
Laurean LandscapingLaurean Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
The project for Chris and his crew was to prep front yard, lay brick border and spread rock. I meet with three different landscaping companies and Numbero Uno Tree and Palms had the best price by far. What impressed me the most was the time Chris spent with me during the initial quote. Chris spent a good 45 minutes talking through the project. He was on time for the appointment, actually early which never happens. In addition, during the appointment Chris recommended an outstanding palm tree person. I got the name from Chris and Lucio was everything Chris spoke about. He did an outstanding job on my trees and now I have Lucio for life to do my palm trees. I do want to say that Chris and his brother have done an outstanding job. I got to be part of the process which I really appreciated. Both Chris and his brother were very polite, I could ask questions throughout the process. What I really like the best was that they did not rush through the project. Numero Uno Tree and Palms will be the company I use from here on out for all project at my house. They are definitely Numero Uno in my book. Thanks Chris and Adrian for a job well done.
Numero Uno Tree and PalmsNumero Uno Tree and Palms
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